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.
Using Procreate App on iPad
Using DoInk Animation App on iPad
I used the Superimpose app to isolate the figure by erasing the background and saving "mask as png". Then, I isolated each "moving part" of the figure the same way. Hint: I erased, saved, then hit undo, and erased it differently, saved, hit undo...to go faster. In DoInk animation app I opened a new composition and brought in all the pieces over the cleaned up background. I moved arms, skirt, head, and legs using keyframes and paths. The movement looks very fluid compared to the jerky animations from a series of still images. Since this ad included musical notes, I made a soundtrack in the garageband app with a royalty free jingle from incompetech.com and voice recording.
Changing my approach
Now that I'm totally into creating 6 second videos for Vine (thanks again for this LOVELY write up about my vines from Ben Rimes) I began thinking about the soundtrack for this movie. Oh, did I forget to mention how to make it into a movie? I create gifs using ezgif.com and then I change the gif into a video using this online converter. The man in the middle looked like he is wearing a lumberjack quilted flannel type jacket so I used the Monty Python Lumberjack song complete with laugh track.
Hybrid of Procreate and DoInk
Another benefit of animating in DoInk is that you can export to video. I did some editing in iMovie afterwards to add music and sound effects before sharing it out on vine.
This animation below is also a hybrid of Procreate and DoInk. I used DoInk to make her scamper on to the page by setting a path in composition mode. The rest of the animation was made from still images created in Procreate sequenced together into a movie.
Dotty and Madge share vintage sewing secrets below. They are examples of the hybrid style where they are animated both with procreate and doInk.
Using Green Screen App
After I created the "Staying alive" animation (which you can view here) I layered it into the hands of this girl painted by Norman Rockwell using the Green Screen app by DoInk. I had to change her a bit too by adding a shadow the size of the animation on her face. The green screen app just added cropping, resizing, and masking tools so I was able to fit the animation to the right size, erase for the fingers to overlap, and crop any excess.
Below is a triptych. I created the sewing table with objects and still images of the original vintage sewing patterns using superimpose app. I was able to mask out objects and add slight drop shadows. Then I imported the image into the Green Screen App by DoInk and matched the animation videos over each of the sewing patterns with resizing & cropping. I timed the movie to play one animation after the other (18 seconds long). Green Screen app keeps original audio of my clips so this looked hard, but was so easy.
The animation below has two scenes. The first one is a man jumping into a car ad and driving off. The images were isolated in Superimpose app, the background was cleaned up in Procreate, and the animation was composed in DoInk Animation app. Then I had the car drive (with DoInk) in front of three vignettes designed in Superimpose app. This was layered into the Green Screen app by DoInk where I added three little animations. The app only has three layers so I exported after layering two animations into the scene then imported it again and layered the third.
Resources for finding Vintage Images:
There is a Vintage Sewing patter Wiki with over 83,000 images. Explore here.
Wait! Just when I thought I had this lesson figured out I played with TypeDrawing app. What if students drew with their artist statement words directly on their portrait?
Update: See this post about using typedrawing for digital micrography.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
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(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 07
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