I received an email from a mother/son app developing team based in Bulgaria yesterday. Marina and Hrisoto Staykov released the app Amaziograph and thought I might find it to be a useful app in the art room. They generously gifted their app to me to explore, and let's just say I was hooked immediately!
This app takes me back to the days when I taught my students how to create tessellations using paper and markers. The discovery of the Amaziograph app is inspiring me to want to teach how to create 21st century tessellations using iPads. This video is a demo of how to use some of the functions within the app. There are a number of grids and possible lessons that can be taught using this app. I am looking forward to teaching traditional as well as digital tessellation- making in the art room.
View the "How To" demo video I created below to see how I created my tessellations.
The mirror and kaleidoscope grids are also wonderful. I recall teaching a lesson in which students wrote their names in script on a folded paper, superimposed the continuous line in their names and then designed an insect out of the letters. With this app, students can turn the iPad sideways, write their name on the line and print their names in mirror image format. Then, they can use traditional tools to design their insects, aliens, etc (see below).
(First Name Written in Script)
(First Name Printed and Flipped Vertically: Ready to Transform into Insect/Alien/etc.)
The kaleidoscope function can be used to draw snowflakes, flowers, mandalas, etc.
There are plenty of ways for us art teachers to design rich and engaging lessons that can incorporate traditional and traditional tools using this app.
2nd graders in Ms. Castrantas' class (above) and in Mrs. Babler's class (below) decided that they wanted to work on a level 0 voice level today, which means they decided that they should not talk at all while they were working. Because of this choice, they were working independently and it gave me the opportunity to take a step back and film them as they worked. They loved the snow effect in the Video Star app and enjoyed hearing the music, "Snow Day" by Toby Lightman as I filmed with an iPad. The camera on the iPad 2 is not the best, which is why this video is not as clear as the ones that I normally shoot with my iPhone, but it was fun to mix it up a bit.
They are so proud of the progress they are making with their winter rabbits! Stay tuned and you will be able to see them in our Artsonia Gallery.
4th graders are bringing inanimate objects to life (an approach used by artists in different careers). To inspire students, I created a Keynote presentation featuring how this strategy is used by commercial artists, authors and illustrators, photographers and sculptors. We saw video footage of M&M commercials like this one:
We also viewed other commercials in which objects have been brought to life. You may have seen the Geico money with eyes, the Swiffer mop, the adorable Mini Wheat cereal characters?
We saw a snippet of "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On", the story of a tiny shell living in a large world.
We also saw a few sculptures by Terry Border. One in particular was an apple lifting a barbel, which conveyed the message of health and fitness.
We viewed illustrations from the book, "How are you Peeling".
Finally, we learned about a popular street art form called, "Eye Bombing". There are various Flickr galleries online that feature images of objects in public spaces that were photographed with googly eyes.
I created this speaking Mona spoof using the Funny Movie Maker Pro app.
Sometimes, when it is time to clean up, I say, "Mona" and students then reply by saying, "Lisa". I learned this attention grabbing strategy from a few fellow art teachers on Pinterest. The idea is that students should reply by saying, "Lisa", while posing like this famous portrait. They should have their arms folded, mouths closed, and eyes on the speaker.
Instead of saying Mona, I shared this video with my students. They thought it was a fun twist to see Mona come to life and assist us with preparing to clean up.