We were inspired by the creative creatures found on Brunswick Acres' Artsonia page taught by Suzanne Tiedemann in New Jersey.
We watched this animated retelling of Not A Box by Antoinette Portishere.
1. Make an ink blot
Each student used a straw to help move watered down tempera paint around on their paper by blowing. They were not to touch it with their fingers or straw to keep it organic.
We used post it notes to draw out a plan for how to transform our ink blots. Then we examined a classmate's blot and drew a different plan for them. This helped everyone think "out of the box" or differently about their blots.
4. Clean up, title, and upload
Students will use the keynote app to apply "instant alpha" to the background, export as a jpeg, and upload to Artsonia. View our gallery here.
View the finished art on Artsonia here
Learn Keynote Animation Features
I gave students a chance to tinker a bit with the animation features in Keynote after we used the Instant Alpha tool to clean the image and save it. Students added actions like bounce, flip, jiggle, and animation paths. I took some video of them playing here:
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