We talked about positive and negative space and how some artists like to play with these elements in their work. We looked at some artwork that focuses only on the negative space, leaving the positive space empty. Sometimes when artists play with these they create an optical illusion. We then imported our profile photo into the Sketchbook app. We added a second layer and the symmetry tool to trace the profile line. The photo layer was deleted and a line was added across the top and bottom to close off the space and create a vase shape. Next we added curved horizontal and vertical lines to create the illusion of space. We then filled each shape with pattern. An additional layer was added and we chose warm or cool colors to color in our vase. The line layer was moved on top the color layer to create a neat finished piece. Thank you to Tricia Fuglestad for sharing this iPad idea on her site: drydenart.weebly.com My lesson plan is here.
Fifth Grade looked at some of Keith Haring's art pieces. We discussed how his figures have a distinct style. I then chose eight Haring pieces for the students to choose from. I asked them to think about a story they wanted to tell, what part of the piece would they "erase" to make it their own and what would their replacement figure be doing. Each student then imported their chosen piece from Dropbox to their iPad and finally into the Brushes app. The dropper tool was used to match the background color and cover over one or more figures. The altered piece was saved into photos.
Then we animated our Haring style figure in the DoInk app. I required each student to create at least two frames. We used the auto-fill tool to color our figures in. (This is my favorite tool to use in the app!)
Finally we created our composition by importing our altered Haring artwork as the background from photos and then added our figure to the foreground and chose a path for it to move across our work.
I want to thank my friend Sherry Sanning, from Garrett Elementary, for helping me brainstorm ideas for this lesson. My lesson plan can be found here. The rest of my student's work can be found on my YouTube channel. A link is located in the upper right hand corner of my homepage.
This lesson idea is from the amazing Tricia Fuglestad at http://drydenart.weebly.com/1/post/2013/06/animation-gtvideo-gtgif-gtpost.html. I followed her lesson by showing "the Lima Bean Monster" video on Tumblebook. We also used Tricia's monster handout idea sheets for ideas. I focused on the learning objective: I can create a figure in action (literally). My students absolutely loved this project and found the app easy to use when creating their monster. We all love the DoInk feature of auto-fill to easily and quickly color in their monster. We wish our other iPad creation apps had this feature! Thanks as always to Tricia Fuglestad for sharing her brilliant lesson ideas!
My second grade looked at the work of Henri Rousseau focusing on his jungle pictures. We identified the foreground and background in each piece and I introduced them to middle ground. We talked about his use of many different greens and how many looked like dreams because funny things were going on in some of the paintings.
We then used the DoInk app to create a background for our jungle and a foreground of tall grass. I then wrote a short list of different jungle animals and had the class vote on which one they'd like to draw in their jungle. One class chose a snake, one a lion and the last class chose a giraffe. We then completed a draw-a-long in the app to create our jungle animal. Then we added one or more frames to make slight changes to our animal for the final animation piece.
To see all my student's finished piece please click on my YouTube button in the top right corner of the screen.
This is my second attempt at this lesson with my second grader's. I tried to cram this lesson in at the end of the 1st quarter and it was paced too fast and the work was rushed. It ended with only one out of three classes with finished pieces. So when I got the iPads back for 2nd grade this quarter I slowed the lesson down and had my classes try again. I talked about foreground and background while we created our animation pieces. The kids really enjoyed coming up with an underwater background for their squid. Overall this was far more successful the second time. To see the rest of Second grade's work click on my YouTube button in the top right corner of the screen. I plan to complete a second animation piece and talk more about foreground and background, introduce Rousseau's jungle paintings and have my second graders create a jungle scene with a hiding animal. Stay tuned.
First grade is reviewing the learning objective: I can create an alternating pattern with line, shape or color. We started with importing a mitten template into the app Brushes and creating a second layer to draw an alternating line pattern on each mitten. We then created another layer to add our alternating color pattern to our mittens. Finally we painted a fourth layer with one color for our background. I then showed the class how to move the layers around to create a neatly colored and outlined piece. They were very excited and surprised Brushes could do this. Finally we played back our pieces and then uploaded them to Dropbox.
With this piece we were reviewing the primary colors and learning to use the layers in the Brushes app on the iPads. I created a gumball machine template and showed first grade how to import a photo in the Brushes app and then add a second layer to add color. We then merged the two layers and added a third to add an alternating pattern of line to the base of the machine. I then showed first grade how to add their work to photos and then upload it to their Dropbox folder. They did a great job!
I began this lesson by reading the book: Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. It is a very cute story about a young rabbit who helps himself to carrots in a nearby patch. The carrots start to stalk the rabbit. He calls them creepy carrots but he can't get anyone to believe him they exist. The story ends well for both young rabbit and the carrot patch.
We then looked for color value and value contrast in the illustrations. I introduced color emphasis and how the carrots are the only color in the illustrations because they're the focus of the story.
I then walked the class through how to draw or illustrate in the app. We then created our carrot and then made a second layer to slightly change our carrot for the animation. Some students had enough time to create three or more layers for their carrot.
Finally we layered our background and carrot animation pieces and then tweaked the timing and path of our carrot. Below is one student example of their work. Here is a link to see all the fourth grade's Creepy Carrot animations:
Check the link next week for the remaining fourth grade pieces.
We were working on the learning objective: identify and use different line types and categorize shapes as large and small. We looked at the circle head template and discussed the size of the circles.
Kindergarten then opened the Brushes app and imported the circle head template. I then showed the class how to change the color and line size. Then drew large and small circles for the eyes of our owls. We then used a variety of line types to create our bird and add some texture.
This was our first piece on the iPad this year.
For this piece we took our Torn Paper Value Seascape collage and photographed it. I then took a photograph of each 4th Grader in a blow up boat our after-school care program was kind enough to lend me. I couldn't find a user friendly, free "photo-shop like" app to erase the background of our photos so we used the drawing app Brushes.
We first downloaded the seascape photo into the app. Then downloaded our boat photo and sized it making sure to place it in correct proportion. (Large boat photo goes upfront in the foreground and small boat photos go in the background.)
The final step was to erase the background around our boat photo and upload our piece to Dropbox, so I could put them on Artsonia.com. Some students chose to use the drawing tool to add additional details like shark fins. This was a quick one day lesson that the kids really enjoyed.
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