I wrote an ABC/25 grant this year to purchase Today is Art Day artist figurines for the art room. At first I thought they would be useful when I teach students about caricatures (like this project) since each figurine is created with an exaggerated head and smaller body. As I had them out waiting to be unboxed, my students were taking so much interest in them, that I decided to unveil each figurine one week at a time and give the entire school population a little art history lesson with some video, image, or discussion at the end of class.
Only 40 pieces of art art chosen from across the state for the Illinois Art Education year-long traveling art show. Out of the 683 pieces submitted by art teachers across the state our very own Jessica's artwork (currently in 5th grade) was selected. She will be honored at the conference on Saturday in St. Charles.
Below is an image of her painting based on Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles.
She also entered the bedroom in a digital extension project.
See the whole project and all the videos here.
Update from the event:
I wanted to see if an app I already had on my iPad, the Green Screen app by Do Ink, could help create a ghostly illusion. I knew that you would have to be able to combine a layer of the environment without a figure under a layer of video from the same exact view of the environment. This layer (the one with the figure) would need to have less opacity (be made semi-transparent) so that it appeared that they were see through.
BUT, the green screen app takes away some of the difficulty of creating two exact videos with and without a figure since you can layer using the magic of green screen over anything and change the opacity with their mask tool. Here is how I was able to achieve the effect. There might be an easier way, but this is pretty simple.
Haunted Masterpieces: using this illusion
Now that I know I can get this effect to work using an app my students already have available to them in the art room, I thought about what content I could teach that would make this illusion necessary. I came up with the idea of Haunted Masterpieces. This would teach, art history, creative writing, storytelling through body language, digital layering, and transparency by having students enter a piece of artwork as a ghost and tell the story of why they are there. This would be a short campfire ghost story that would engage students in a piece of art and its artist.
STEP ONE: Mask out the figure from the artwork (if necessary)
I started with a piece of art, The Scream by Edvard Munch, where I had masked out the figure by matching the colors and textures in a drawing app (see video below or just grab mine here). You might choose a painting with plenty of blank space like an Edward Hopper painting (see my curated collection) or no figures like a landscape or still life. In that case you might choose to skip this step.
STEP TWO: Film the green screen video of the student
Before you film, the student needs to know their story and be prepared use their body language to help tell the story. It might be fun to come prepared in costume or with props. I think a two second clip is all that is necessary. They will write their story and make their haunted video into a looping gif or still image. Filming with audio where the student explains their story would work as well, but each audio clip would need to be short enough that a class video would remain under 3 mins (to keep it engaging). Capturing audio while the student is in front of green screen and backed away from the iPad filming him/her is tricky. You could set up an external iPad mic and have the class completely silent. Or, you can put a lapel mic on the subject if you think you can hide it for the filming. That takes time so classroom management would be more difficult.
STEP THREE: Create the ghostly illusion
The illusion doesn't happen during real-time green screen capture. It happens in post-production. So, students would need to gather their background image and green screen video into their iPad camera roll and open up the Green Screen app by Do Ink. The background image goes on the lowest level. The green screen video goes above it. The app will automatically remove the green but you will need to crop, resize, position the ghost, and mask it to make it semi-transparent to complete the effect.
STEP FOUR: Convert to a gif and caption it with the ghost story
Students can pull up the website EZGIF.com from their iPads and upload the video from their camera roll to convert it to a gif. These can then be displayed on my weebly blog and shared on their online art gallery. They could use the caption tool for the image to tell their story (or use the artist statement section on Artsonia to share in their portfolio.)
Layering into artwork with masking:
The techniques I shared above have the ghost layered over the painting with or without an erased (or masked) element. The easiest and fastest solution to this effect is to find a painting with open space and layer the ghost into it. If you want to explore more advanced approach, you can create an effect where the ghost is layered into the painting as if they are behind elements of the painting. This effect can be created through masking of the original image. All of this can be done in the Green Screen App using their masking tools however, I find it easier to mask images in superimpose app and save them as "mask png" which holds it's transparency in the iPad camera roll. I have a tutorial showing how to use this app this way (see beginning of this video near 2:40).
Now that the background has been erased, the ghost image can be added between these two layers. The green screen app by Do Ink gives you 3 layers to work with:
TOP LAYER: Masked Image (becomes the foreground)
MIDDLE LAYER: The green screen video (looks like it behind the figure in painting)
BOTTOM LAYER: Original painting lined up exactly with the masked image above
Add the frame and museum label
The visual arts national standards emphasize presenting artwork. This lesson could be a fun way to approach the topic by having students CURATE A HAUNTED MUSEUM. After they create their haunted animation, they could frame and label the piece with artist, title, and other information. We could set up a "virtual tour" with their narration presented as a class movie.
Viewing via AR
I picture having the art room set up with prints of masterpieces that people can scan with an AR app to learn of how it was haunted. This story about using AR to view stolen paintings is similar.
Fourth graders are working on a piece of art inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom called Room at Arles. They are learning to draw in perspective with a vanishing point, about Van Gogh's work, and thinking about how to customize their drawing to make it more like their bedroom in Arlington Heights (or Mt. Prospect).
Drawing a Bedroom in Perspective:
Below are a series of slides from our lesson that lead the students through the steps of creating the basic parts of their bedroom inspired by the Van Gogh painting.
View their gallery of finished paintings on Artsonia at this link.
Entering the Artwork:
Since I happen to own a chair like the one found in Vincent Van Gogh's painting, students made their rooms without a chair so that they could sit on it when they digitally entered their artwork. Below is a quick diagram of the plan for layering a digital video over a digital image using the Green Screen app by DoInk.
See the art gallery on Artsonia here.
How we entered the artwork:
See vimeo.com/232162811this video for a quick look at how we entered the artwork with the Green Screen App by Do Ink.
We've been celebrating International Dot Day in my art room for many years. I thought I put together some of our ideas and resources in one place.
Here is a link to the Dot Day Tumblebook or click on the image to the left.
Quiver partnered with Dot Day by creating an Augmented Reality experience with the Dot drawn in the center of the coloring page. Visit their site to download the standard page or check out my kindergarden dot page here.
We're going to celebrate International Dot Day in the art room with a coloring collaboration. Each of these three paintings by Vincent Van Gogh have been converted into coloring pages then enlarged into oversized posters (using blockposters.com). 4th graders are going to each get a piece of the puzzle to color as we watch the videos below about Dot Day and Van Gogh's life/work. We will see how our unique mark making combines with others as we fit all the pieces together on the mural wall. There is no right or wrong, just a chance to learn about Vincent van Gogh while we color and be apart of a collaboration. So, let's VAN GOGH AHEAD AND MAKE OUR MARKS!
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 07
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