2016-17 School Year at SSIS
Grade 7 “Reflection Options”
We began the reflection process by documenting our strengths and what we learnt by using the Visual Poetry app. Then we looked at the specific task, what we were being assessed on and filled in a paper template with brief answers.
The students had a variety of choices for their reflection from: Green Screen, BuddyPoke, Book Creator, Explain Everything and iMovie. They were allowed to mix and match the apps. I was very impressed with the student engagement and the variety of choices. Here are some awesome samples:
Grade 8 “Endangered Animals Digital Art”
Task: After completing their charcoal and watercolour drawing of an endangered animal, the students had to manipulate it on the iPad by combining a variety of apps discovered in previous art classes. They were then merged in Sketchbook Pro or Superimpose. These will be combined to create an awareness banner for display in the school and fundraising.
Grade 6-8 “Art Club”
Grade 6 “Zentangle Digital Eye”
Task: Photograph the final Zentangle eye drawing, and create one digital artwork following these steps:
Afterwards explore the following three apps (in the image below) and create another incredible digital artwork, which also successfully incorporates a drop shadow:
iPad Goals for 2016-17:
- I would like to pursue Stop Motion and help the students to achieve a higher level.
- I want to use DOINK Green Screen and video making for research, tutorials and reflection.
- I have never used animation apps.
- I would like to stay on top of current awesome apps and find the laptop versions.
- I would like to explore online communities such as Deviant Art.
- I would like to start an Instagram challenge or iPad art weekly challenge. (Encourage more drawing on devices.)
- I will continue to have students use manipulation and reflection apps and am still planning to subtly embed the iPads every unit.
2015-16 School Year at SSIS
This year is a very exciting year for me regarding the access to iPads because I have just received an iPad cart for the art room which now opens up hundreds of possibilities.
Whilst I am incorporating the iPads into our daily routines I am also working on following the SAMR model with the goal of redefining what we do in the classroom with regards to technology and offering the students and authentic audience. I thought I’d use this page to document our growth over the year (and following years) with the iPads. As I learn more I will add more detailed information onto the “iPad Research” page.
This page will be for purely showcasing student samples with a brief explanation of the task.
Grade 6 “Who Am I?”
Task: Photograph each other with the iPad, print the photo, add 3D materials and re-photograph. Add subtle effects using Snapseed to tweak the image. The students had to include descriptive words about themselves in a variety of media.
Grade 7 Name Sculpture Sketchbook Covers
TASK: The students constructed a name sculpture out of white card. They had to use slot techniques and incorporate the principles of art. Once the sculpture was complete they photographed it and applied a filter in Megaphoto then they added the original photo to Wordfoto which had to include 5-8 characteristic words. These two images were merged in Superimpose. The finishing touches were applied in Snapseed (the addition of bubbles from Percolator was optional).
Grade 8 Crushed Can Digital Art
TASK: The students had just completed a pastel drawing of a crushed can. This was part one of a still life unit. They were required to take a photo of their hands on patterned material, apply a filter in Movie FX and another filter in Megaphoto. They had the option of merging Percolator too.
The final design was mirrored in FlipOMatic, croped and merged with the pastel drawing of the can in Superimpose.
Grade 7 Using LifeCards to Reflect
My Grade 7 students are currently learning how to tone using chalks. These drawings are their practise drawings. Before they completed the task we tried a “1,2,3,4 Class Critique” where the students gave feedback on a piece of paper which was placed next to the artwork and photo. It was the first time for this class to give feedback using this method so I thought I’d have them evaluate the feedback using LifeCards. These were printed out and stuck into their books.
Grade 8 Using iPads to Compose a Still Life and Analyse with Explain Everything.
The grade 8 students have been studying still life. Their first task was to create a pastel crushed can (pictured above) now they are arranging their still life. To make the development process quicker we used the iPads but the students had to apply changing view points, rule of thirds, overlapping shapes and leading lines (to mention a few). They then uploaded their top 4 photos and analyzed them on the app Explain Everything.
Grade 7 Abstracting with MegaPhoto, FlipOMatic and GlobePlanet
Student pastel drawings. The goal was to learn about gridding techniques, tone, pattern and texture whilst becoming experts with chalk pastels.
Use the three apps above to abstract their realistic eyes.
They also evaluated with Visual Poetry and Tellagami
Grade 6 Digital Art Using Percolator, Grungetastic, FlipOMatic and Wordfoto. Combine in Superimpose.
Grade 7 Developing Ideas With Megaphoto and Procreate.
TASK: We designed 3 ideas for our stocking sculptures in our books and three on the iPads using Megaphoto and Procreate. The cool thing about Procreate is it now records your drawing process so you can see how you created it and I can see the thinking behind the student’s ideas. I love how the iPads make the process quick yet the drawing builds up traditional skills.
Then they completed the task by labeling the steps in ComicBook and combining it in Pic Collage with photos from different angles.
Grade 7 Reflecting with Explain Everything and Book Creator .
TASK: At the end of the grade 7 Realism to Abstraction unit the students had a choice of media to present their process and research about Abstraction. Some used the iPads and others used their Macs.
Quang Hieu: Book
Pepe and Vicky: Book (download to view)
Grade 8 Student Choice For Reflecting
TASK: At the end of the Still Life unit my grade 8 students were required to document their process, learning and evaluate their still life. Normally this is a 5 paragraph essay but this time I thought we’d try something different so they had the choice of Book Creator, Key Note, iBook Author, Pinterest, Creatubbles, Prezi, and Explain Everything. The students could choose to work with iPads or Macs.
Divina- used Google Slides
Tina- used Pinterest
KaYe- used Prezi
Kayla- Created a book
Grade 8 Home With Tiny Planet
The students began by brainstorming what home means to them and found a quote which resonated with them. Then they were required to take a panoramic photo at home this was then swirled on the Tiny Planets app and manipulated with MegaPhoto. After the background was painted the students then traced the large shapes onto their canvas and began painting.
Grade 7 Stop Motions With iMotion HD.
After creating their abstract sculptures the students created these Stop Motion movies.
Grade 8 Research & Reflection With Skitch & 30Hands Pro
TASK: The grade 8 students are studying sculpture, even though this course is very hands on and experimental we have used the iPads for key words, research, annotation and reflection.
Once they had learnt about the keywords and elements of sculpture the students had to annotate sculptures found on the internet to demonstrate their understanding using Skitch. They then used Photosync and embedded their visual learning onto their blogs as a gallery or slideshow.
During the whole sculpture process the students will be documenting their thoughts and goals using the app 30Hands Pro. This app makes it very simple to annotate, draw and record voice. There are a couple of small problems with the app but they are working on it. I like that you can share individual slides.
After each class the students need to create one slide only. At the end all slides will be exported as a final video.
Once the chairs were complete the students used Skitch to label their understanding of the elements of sculpture. Then we used Pages to create a visual reflection. The students typed their reflections in Google Drive and then copied them into Pages after planning their layout based on the principles of design. We also used PicCollage for the images.
Grade 7 Printmaking & iPads and Layers
After the students created their prints following the traditional art process of research, brainstorm, sketch, carve, print we then pushed their work a little further by using FlipOMatic to mirror their design and then Superimpose to layer their original image.
The FlipOMatic piece was printed to a small size, ripped and applied into the collaged tissue papers. This piece can be window art or wall art. Either way it is gorgeous.
Grade 7 Umbrella Stop Motions
Grade 6 Collaborations With NYC and China
TASK: We swapped photos with a class in NY. Both classes learnt 4 techniques which they could choose from to create the final work. One of the techniques was the same as the previous grade 6 portrait project, where they added 3D materials to their photo and photographed it again. They then manipulated it in Snapseed.
Once the final piece was complete the students wrote a letter to their buddy, using LifeCards.
The second art piece was for another student, and it had to be a digital piece. So the students used WordFoto, TypeDrawing, Percolator, Superimpose, MovieFX and FlipOMatic. The results were gorgeous!
Then they wrote another letter to the NY student, some included a picture of themselves.
Lastly once we received their work we sent thank you videos.
For the China collaboration we posted negative space drawings to each other, then the students had to turn them into sculptures. We sent cards with our drawings, videos and a card with pictures of our completed sculptures. For the last card we combined PicCollage and LifeCards. This was also a very successful unit.