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.
Did you know that the Keynote software (Apple's presentation tool) on the Mac has a drawing tool?
It is a vector based tool that creates clean and customizable shapes that you can fill with color, gradients, or a photo. Then layer, arrange, flip, add shadows and group these shapes until they've become almost anything you can dream of.
Here are some of the drawings I created using Keynote. I used images of fabrics to fill my shapes. You can download my folder of fabrics here if you want to give this a try. See my tutorial below for some tips and how tos.
Currently the iPad version of keynote is missing some of the tools: the free draw line and fill with a photo. This means you can only draw shapes from pre-made choices and fill with colors. The teddy bear design below would work on the iPad because it is completely made from ovals, circles, and lines.
Now Animate what you Create:
Need a simple tutorial to get you started with keynote animation? Try this one.
Everyone has a story to tell but not everyone's story makes it to the front of a magazine. What if yours did? What would you want to share with the world? If you explore TIME magazine covers you would find over 80 years of stories told from politicians, musicians, scientists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, actors, visionaries, and everyday people. Here is my TIME magazine cover for this moment in my life (Here is more about that story.) Next year my story might change and I hope it does! The magazine cover is a snapshot of life at the time it was created. So, get ready to write your headline and follow the steps below to make your own TIME magazine cover.
Open up sketchbook express on your iPad and import the template of your choosing. Then create another layer either above or below it and insert your photo. If you are overlapping the text TIME with your photo and it is not a transparent PNG or it's too wide compared to the template, you can add the transparent template over the photo in a new layer to bring back the red border. You may need to erase the word TIME from this layer. Either way you choose, don't avoid overlapping. It's an important part of an interesting composition. Also, try to create some open negative space for your story title.
There are plenty of apps that can layer text over a photo, but I've been turning to Phonto lately because it has a an easy interface that makes it fast to add multiple text areas with lots of customization options. TIME magazine keeps their fonts simple, so I worked on adding text that matched my negative space while considering size, emphasis, and contrasting color.
Every line in both my designs were separate text boxes that I could size and format separately. In both designs I added a simple text box for the date in the top right corner just as TIME magazine designers would.
Time Magazine Explains their Covers
How to tell a fake cover from a real one. View this article to learn what graphic design and artistic choices TIME magazine makes for their cover designs.
2nd graders WOWed me again by creating these visual metaphors using the Superimpose app. I wrote up this lesson in this post. See their finished work on Artsonia here. Below is my tutorial showing you all the steps these little people went through to create these.
We just learned that we have two Fugleflick winning movies in the running for the Next Vista for Learning Video of the Year honors. They will be shown at the Awards Night this Sunday at the Krause Center for Innovation in Los Altos Hills, California, and the audience will choose the winners in each category. Cross your fingers for Allow us to Illustrate and the Musical Tutorial of Audioboo. Click the links below to watch all the finalists in these contests. Watch our two finalist videos embedded below.
Our translational tessellation project using the Amaziograph app on iPads from the early winter was published in School Arts Magazine's April 2014 issue. You can view our original post here with links to student art, handouts, tutorial, and more.
See this blog post from Schoolarts Magazine about this lesson: http://www.schoolartsroom.com/2014/03/terrific-tessellations.html
Photobombing is the act of inserting oneself into the field of view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer [painter for our purposes] or the subjects.
I was playing with the Superimpose app and looking for images to collage when I came across Automat by Edward Hopper. His work is full of open spaces with figures in quiet or isolated poses. Many of his pieces are perfect for practicing digital collages where students can explore overlapping, relative size, middle ground, and adjusting color filters to match the environment. I practiced these images below (click to view them large) with student photos from a previous assignment. The story changes when I added the photo. These would make interesting creative writing prompts as well. Here is my curated collection of images by Edward Hopper that will be perfect for students to photobomb.
Related post: Hopping into Hopper
Click here to this free app from the Metropolitan Art Museum would be a wonderful introductory lesson. It shows manipulated photographs from the days before Photoshop. You can take a quiz, learn why they were manipulated, and browse the collection. Use this link to grab the app.
See this commercial from American Family where hopeful actors photobomb Edward Hopper's NightHawks (owned by the Art Institute of Chicago).
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My students finished making their construction paper translational tessellations you can view them in our online art gallery on Artsonia here.
Unfortunately we have to make our digital tessellations collaboratively since we only have half the iPads needed for our classroom. Help solve this problem with a donation to our iPad campaign through Donors Choose or Edbacker.com. My students and I thank you very much! We love creating on iPads!
Download both example sheets as a printable pdf here.
Below are images from students using the Amaziograph App in Art Class
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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