Did ya ever have a class where the fates align and the class chemistry is just right? For this school year, my last period 1st grade class on Wednesday was bonkers creative, hilarious, productive, witty, and wise beyond their years!
There was that time we all cracked up when one of them accidentally referred to our placemats as mattresses! And the time one of the sweet darling cherubs implied that Ms. Mowery had big feet! Or my personal fav, the time one of the little logophiles used the word "majestic" to describe a cardinal and we all "Oooooed and Ahhhhhed!" at his impressive vocabulary! The kiddos in this class just exemplified everything I love about working with artists this age. Their spontaneous energy can not be contained and they helped me to realize sometimes teachers need to add a little spontaneity to their lives too!
So anyways, after our unit on light, and after being introduced to Sir Isaac Newton and his revolutionary prism experiment, one inquisitive students asked me how I learn all of the art facts I share. Another student quipped, "Yeah, are you like an art jedi, or something?" Hilarity, or course, ensued, and the story of "The Shapes That Came to Life Was Born." I knew I couldn't just let such a sweet idea fade into the abyss and I wanted to reward and challenge the class with a very special and creative final project.
From the initial idea, I helped the students compose the body of the story, opening up Word and typing in large font as the students excitedly came up with each sentence. During the second class, we read through the story as a class and I asked students to raise their hand whenever they hear a person, place, or thing we would need to design as we acted out the animation.
We used the FREE app iMotionHD to record out movie one single frame at a time. I kept the vocab simple just focusing on the words, FRAME, CAPTURE, FPS (Frames per second) and STOP ANIMATION. It took us an additional three classes to create all three scenes and record our voice overs. (I did have a simple, at your seat project for students to work on at their seats while small groups of four came over to work as the production crew.
I edited the sound in using GarageBand and iMovie and VOILA! :)
Sunny is an art teacher who is living the dream. The only thing she enjoys more than her curious students are the adventures she has with her loving husband and cat in the fabulous city of Philadelphia!
Artful Artsy Amy
The Department of Making + Doing
The Philadelphia Museum of Art