5th graders are going to do an all grade-level collaboration in celebration of International Dot Day. They will contribute an exquisite corpse drawing of either a HEAD, MIDDLE, or LEGS on a cardboard cube. This idea was inspired by the IAEA conference. They had the cubes set up on tables for us all to draw on in pencil. I took some back with me to inspire my students...and it worked. My students were very inspired by them and were begging to try it too. So, I used our amazon gift card from winning a NextVista.org contest to buy the boxes for this year.
Here is an idea I'm playing with. I would love for students to write a statement about how they can be kind next to themselves looking as sweet as an angel with flapping animated wings and halo or other symbols of kindness.
Learn about kindness in stories
Prepare your kindness statement
Download this brainstorming handout on front, and reference for wings on back.
1. Students pose angelically before green screen.
2. Import the image into Superimpose App. Use masking tools (magic wand and paint brush) to erase the background. Save using "mask as png" to retain transparency.
3. Using the Do Ink animation app, student can animate the wings and halo using this guide to see some steps for moving the wings.
Students open up a new drawing in Do Ink animation app. They need to make a three frame drawing with the progression above. Then click on the 2nd drawing and copy it (copy and paste are revealed when you click on the double arrows in the bottom right corner). Click on the third drawing and choose "paste". This will put the 2nd drawing after the 3rd drawing to make a 1-2-3-2- progression that loops nicely.
4. Open another drawing in Do Ink animation app and draw a halo. Click + and draw another slightly different. Repeat until you have 3 frames with small changes in each.
5. Now you're ready to put all the pieces together. Open a new composition in Do Ink animation app and begin layering in your pieces. Start from the back to the front: import the wings (use the star button). HINT: DO NOT TOUCH THE GREEN BUTTON ON AN IMAGE YOU IMPORT. Doing so will create an animation path. That is a different effect. Resize by grabbing a handle on the edge, place it where you need it by touching it anywhere else but the green dot, slow down the animation (under the gear tab) to about half the speed. Next bring in the PNG pose from the camera roll (using the camera button). Resize/place. Bring in the halo (using the star) & resize/place/slow down animation. Next, choose the "T" to write your text. Resize/place. Next, pick a background color from the "i" tab at the top. Click the play button to test it out. When you're finished save as a video to your camera roll.
6. Convert the movie to a moving meme in a GIF format by using EZGIF.com
Save the GIF to your camera roll. It can play a GIF in places like Twitter or website.
Follow this process to help students in class each come up with an original idea for being kind in a variety of spaces in the building. If this process works, student will learn from each other and each have a unique statement to add to their moving meme.
Random Acts of Kindness Club (1st graders)
Our kindergarteners share their ideas of how to be kind.
Results: View the art on Artsonia
Teacher's note: We didn't make halos because the wings were more challenging than I expected them to be for my 3rd graders. We all drew the wings in the same direction and then flipped them if we needed to to correspond to their pose.
Moving Memes Movies
One of the ways I love to integrate technology is by extending physical art creation with a digital element. This idea relies heavily on both physical art and digital manipulation since it begins with drawing and ends with animation. Here are the results below:
Drawing a nesting doll design
Animating the nesting doll
In order to animate the nesting doll I needed to have the image saved on my camera roll of the iPad as a PNG with a transparent background. The Do Ink animation app gives you the option to save the image this way.
I used the Superimpose app to make a top and bottom image of the nesting doll so I could animate it. I used the mask tab and square tool to select and delete the bottom half then save it with "mask as png". Then I hit the "undo" button to restore the image and select and delete the top half and save it the same way.
Five young animators met with me on Monday after school for one hour to learn to fly. Second grader, Sophie, won the iPad animation party prize offered through the Dryden Fundraising Raffle before spring break. She and 4 friends learned how to turn themselves into fairies that fly across the flower garden using 3 different apps on our art room iPads.
This anthropomorphic thumb, finger, or hand digital project will give students a chance to learn about digital collage, demonstrate an expression with their eyes, mouth, and voice, be creative, and come up with a sentence that includes a hand, thumb, or finger pun. Isn't that thumbtastic?
Steps: Digital Collage
7. Use Chatterpix app to record a sentence including a thumb, finger, or hand pun with an expressive voice. Here is mine using, "I'm all thumbs."
We happen to have two Fugleflicks with Anthropomorphic fingers and hands. These movies include some puns and acting that may get the creative juices flowing.
Student Work: See the gallery of images
View our Artsonia Gallery to see the finished art or click to enlarge these few below.
Students used their expressive voices to speak their thumb, finger, or hand pun through their finished digital collage. Here are class compilations.
I designed a project over the summer for my 3rd graders where we will observe, sketch, draw, decorate, paint, and ultimately animate a carousel horse.
When I first started teaching I would do an introductory lesson with my kindergartners that involved mixing the primary colors and symmetry by squirting paint on paper, folding it, and turning it into a butterfly. See how this is done from Theresa Gillespie's post here. She calls the lesson an oldie but a goodie and I agree. My interest in this lesson revived after running across a photo collage image in a Shutterfly ad (on right below). I started to rethink this lesson. Here are my new plans for two ways of creating this lesson.
Digital art and photo collage:
Physical art and photo collage:
See this post of Kindergarten butterflies
P.S. If you include the whole body in the photo then these images can be used for a flying animation.
Video tutorial showing how to layer images in Superimpose app
Video tutorial showing how to use the symmetry function in Sketchbook express
I explored an alternate way of creating these butterflies by using bilateral symmetry in Amaziograph app and adding a silhouette using superimpose app. I have a tutorial for silhouettes in this post: http://drydenart.weebly.com/fugleblog/silhouettes-with-superimpose-app
My students didn't have enough time to finish their Giving Tree inspired projects the way we normally might with watercolor washes in the background. See this post to find resources for our tree silhouette project and the Giving Tree book video. So, we found an alternative way to create a colorful background for our tree silhouettes using the Superimpose app. Here is how we did it...
More resources and ideas:
Explore a collection of professional caricatures in this archive from toons magazine.
View my Bobblehead tutorial using:
Student Examples and Work:
View the gallery of finished caricatures on Artsonia here.
View all their Bobblehead Gifs HERE
I received this tweet from an art teacher who tried this lesson with her students. I wanted to include it here to encourage my students to always try your best since you never know how far and wide your work may travel.
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