Third graders turned shapes (circle, triangle, and rectangle) into forms (sphere, cone, and cylinder). Then made these forms look like vessels used for scientific experiments (florence flask, erlenmeyer flask, and beaker).
Our Fugleflick, Deep Space, contains forms with foreground, middle ground, and background with overlapping,
Our Fugleflick, Bye Bye Road, is a fun sing along to a Beatles' tune about things to look for in an image that shows depth including a vanishing point, converging lines, and relative sizes.
Our Fugleflick, Complementary in Every Way, introduces the color wheel including primary, secondary, and complementary colors.
Students will animate bubbles coming from the scientists' vessels .
Kindergarten had a chance to do their first animation in art class today by making a glowing heart Valentine. I have a post about this animation lesson from last year here.
We used a simple flipbook animation technique in the Do Ink animation and drawing app. Here is a super quick tutorial so you can see the process. The finished animation glows through the paper that we lay over the iPad screen. This animated glow technique was developed last year when the 4th graders made their aliens glow. View that post.
Kindergarten had 30 minutes from start to finish. It's amazing that they could learn a new app, new technique, and animate for the first time in one class period.
This animation style wasn't completely new to my 5th graders since they were the ones who made the Animated Glow project last year. We took this idea to the next level and layered it over a photo of themselves, exported the movie and converted it to an animated GIF using ezgif.com
4th graders gave this technique a try. They were pretty comfortable with this lesson since they had already done a multi-frame rotoscope animation.
Relative Size refers to clues in the picture that help you figure out the size of objects.
Playing with relative size forces the viewer to imagine something much bigger or much smaller than seemingly possible.
Below is a drawing of a fireplace mantel. It has a candle and picture frames. You would imagine that the objects are only about 8"-12" high. Now when you place a human on the mantel that confuses the scene. Either the mantel is much bigger than you thought or the human is a small as a mouse.
Below is a drawing of a building in Arlington Heights. You can tell from the size of the sidewalk and umbrella tables compared to the building that it's probably over 10 stories tall. Now when we add a human into the picture as tall as the building it makes you wonder if the building is much smaller or the human is monstrously big.
How did you do that?
The green screen app by Do Ink allows you to layer video over or under an image. You can record in real time using the camera mode or do what I did above. I recorded the student in front of green screen first which allowed them to crop, resize, and find the best placement over their drawing to create the illusion that they are as small as a mouse according to relative size.
To make it look like the human can stand behind the building and in front of the sky we had to import the scene twice. You'll see on my screenshot above that I sandwiched the green screen footage between duplicate images. Then, I erased the background from the top image using the masking tools in the app. Here is what it might have looked like if you were just viewing it alone. I can do this trick in the superimpose app as well and then import it, but it's not necessary since the Green Screen app has all the tools for erasing too.
Playing with relative size resources:
Take a look at this commercial. It's fun to see the inflatable gorilla set loose in the city. Does it's size seem to change when you compare it to the relative size of the objects around it?
This clip from the Disney adaptation of the book, BFG (Big Friendly Giant) makes everyone feel as small as a mouse when you see the world from the point of view of BFG.
A group of 4th graders used their profile drawings and green screen videos of 1st graders to play with relative size. We called this movie, Little Buddies. See this post for more info.
..and other Individual Rotoscope Animation Ideas
One of the super cool things about Do Ink Animation and Drawing app is that you can pull in photos or videos and draw over them. Drawing over each frame of a video is a technique called Rotoscope Animation. You probably have seen this technique in the famous music video from the 80's A-Ha's Take Me On. I also LOVE this music video and song by Andrew Huang, Every Night I Dream of Dancing, which is a rotoscope collaboration using 30 artists crowdsourced through the internet.
I tried many ways to instruct my students to create rotoscope animations collaboratively, but I've yet to have them create their own...until now. I think I've come up with some ideas that can make this project manageable for very little people.
Plan One: 1 second loops
Tutorial for Rotoscoping in Do Ink app
Plan Two: Color the Loop
Plan Three: Add Rotating Mandalas
I began a new drawing (still in the Do Ink Animation app) and chose a fill and border color, and dragged out a shape to fill the screen. Then I added line or/and shape pattern.
I made two of these patterned mandalas so that I could rotate them behind my rotoscope in opposing directions. The centers won't show much, so I focus the design on the edges.
Plan four: Dancing Sketches
Since the rotoscope animation has a built in transparency (the background is empty and see through) while it remains in the app, you could use this to create some very cool effects. One idea I've been playing with is to layer the rotoscope line drawing animation over a sheet of notebook or sketchbook paper. Since my drawing looks like it was made using a sharpie marker, I try to enhance that illusion by either leaving a marker on the notebook when I take the still image, or write with a sharpie marker alongside the animation. Below is my first rotoscope done this way, "How to Whip."
Did you see the video of the kids showing up at the end? That was an added step using the green screen app by Do Ink. I exported my sketbookbook video and put it in the green screen app and layered on the original green screen video, lined them up with the drawings. The only problem is that GS app limits you to three layers. I needed 4. So I "flattened" the video effect when I had two kids in place by exporting it. Then brought it back in to a new project and finished the third child's effect.
More Advanced ideas: animated sketchnotes
Mini Digital Stories:
My collaborative Rotoscope Projects:
In 2012, my 5th grade students did a collaborative rotoscope animation project with every one of my 100 students drawing over 330 frames of video pieced back together to make the animation shown in the video below. We entered it into the McGraw-Hill STEMie national online contest and won the $5000 second place prize. This money became the seed money for our 1:1 iPad art room. As you can see from the post, the process was very complicated on my end since there wasn't an iPad app (yet) that allowed students to work over video. We filmed a video then ran it through a program (mpeg streamclip) to break it down frame by frame. Students were assigned frames, pulled it into their iPad from the dropbox, drew over it in Brushes app, turned it back into the dropbox with a number that placed it back into the sequence. I pieced it all back together on my computer using a gif maker to turn it into video. They explain below:
This past school year, I tried a different kind of collaborative rotoscope animation with my 5th graders: a rotoscope in a mutoscope (digital art made physical). This time we made 4 small videos (one per class) that would loop nicely into a hand cranked mutoscope kit by Flipbookit.com. These turned out to be very cool. The work again, fell mostly on me. I had to purchase and assemble the kit, prep the video through their online tool, print the images onto labels, and stick them on flip cards. The students each made one frame of the rotoscope, so they finished in one class period. I love the results, but the kit costs over $40, so students don't get to keep their work individually. However, they do have their still image posted on Artsonia with links to their video.
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.
Students used a photograph of Chicago to create a contour line drawing of the city skyline. Then they created a new layer and colored it from underneath. See the gallery of cityscapes on Artsonia here.
Flying Movies (Class Collaborations)
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.
So, if you've been following my posts lately you would notice that I've been working on an idea to incorporate paper circuits into an art-making experience for my students.
See my post where I discovered how to make a circuit & dreamt of a light up robot.
See my post where I made my prototype for a light up robot.
Now, watch my step-by-step video where I try to explain the process here or below.
Our students finally had a chance to make light up robots. View the movies below of students lighting up their robots and clickhere to view the gallery on Artsonia here.
My other DoInk Animation lesson ideas:
Anagrams take the letters of a word or phrase and rearrange them into new words. I wanted to play with this idea digitally. I started with an anagram I learned long ago made from the word LISTEN. It can become SILENT. Since I'm a visual and concrete thinker (much like my students), I wanted to SEE the way the letters rearrange. So I used DoInk Animation App to drop in the letters of LISTEN, set a keyframe, and scoot them into the word SILENT. It was pretty simple once I figured out how to harness the power of a keyframe. I imagined playing this as a gif on my projected screen at school for my students when I want them to focus. It's kinda hypnotizing. So I uploaded the .mov file from DoInk to ezgif.com. The gif runs as a continuous loop while playing in a browser.
Then I started thinking of how I could have students make anagrams. Not every attempt, I found, results in something as clever as the example above. However the process of troubleshooting, rearranging letters to form new words, considering the meaning, and trying to figure out what to do with the left over letters was a wonderful exercise in creative problem-solving. Here are a few I created as examples for my students:
Here is a tutorial to help you and your students get started:
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