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.
I gathered calendar images as resources and designed a couple handouts to give my artists as many sources to reference for their work as possible. On the first day of the project we watched a brainpop video about horses, saw a slideshow video of carousel horses, then did a practice sketch.
During this lesson we closely looked at a handout I designed to help my students learn to sketch, observe, and add detail to make a carousel horse. You can download it here.
Finished Carousel Animations:
I have two fugleflicks that reinforce some of the concepts we are exploring in this lesson:
Observational drawing and Contour line drawing (called "Drawing from Experience").
Steps for creating the animation are shown in this overview below:
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.
Step 4. Combine the LOVE template and the emoji filled heart picture in the Superimpose app using the square size constraints, masking, and blend mode. Watch my tutorial to see how it is done.
One of the ways I integrate iPads into the art room is by extending learning experiences digitally. Students worked on an observational drawing from a booklet of choices to create a black and white sketch of a person on paper. They listened to a very entertaining biography of the life and work of Andy Warhol (an artist famous for his POP ART) as they sketched. The next class period we used his inspiration to turn our sketches in digital art pop art designs.
Not only were students able to learn to photograph their artwork during this lesson extension, they were able to understand in a more dynamic way what contrast means.
We used the contrast and brightness adjustments in the superimpose app to magically make the pencil lines and greys of the paper disappear leaving a beautiful clean black and white image. We uploaded the black and white image into this exhibit on Artsonia. Then we use the pop art filter and uploaded the results to this exhibit on Artsonia.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT,
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