SchoolArts Magazine

April 2016

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48 APRIL 2016 SchoolArts When the image is ready, choose the "home" tab, the "share" button, and select "Mask as PNG." The app will only save the foreground image into your camera roll while retaining the transparent space you created. Import this into a top layer of Green Screen and you will be ready to use the live feed button on a layer below to interact with the art. Final Touches Students took their still images one step further and used the Color Lake app to add a reflecting pool at the base of the tower. Imagine all the possibilities! When students study art history, they can replace the face of any portrait and speak through the art to tell their stories. They could make inanimate objects speak, like the walls of the classroom, the art supplies, or even the sculptures they create. Use these techniques to help your students explore art interactively. Tricia Fuglestad is an art teacher at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. tricia_fuglestad@yahoo. com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and exter- nal context. W E B L I N K egory/crown-fountain watch?v=NziRaGxI8Ow lery.asp?project=760267 CONTINUED ON PAGE 48. T E C H N O L O G Y Inside Looking Out I f you visit Chicago, you must see Millennium Park, a downtown outdoor space that showcases sculp- ture and cultural events. One of its attractions is the Crown Fountain, an interactive work of public art and video sculpture designed by Jaume Plensa. Visitors stand between two glass brick towers and watch video projections of fifty-foot faces from seventy-five different ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds move, blink, smile, and appear to spout water from their mouths, while chil- dren play in the puddles below. Since I am fortunate to teach close to Chicago, I take my students there for an annual field trip. I developed an interactive digital lesson based on Crown Fountain to increase students' awareness of public sculpture while introducing them to the magic of one of my favorite apps, Green Screen by Do Ink. In this lesson, students watch a behind-the-scenes video about the fountain (See Web Links), then use iPads to put their own faces in one of the towers as a still or video. Working with Digital Images With Green Screen, you can easily layer up to three videos, stills, or live feeds from the iPad's camera into a timeline. There are several other green screen apps for one to utilize as well, including Green Screen Movie FX and Hands-On Green Screen Movie Effects. With this in mind, I created a couple of Crown Fountain templates with an empty and trans- parent space that can be replaced with students' faces to appear as if they are featured on the tower. All you have to do is place the template on a top layer and use the live feed from your iPad camera on a layer below. Students can take a still image of their face in the Crown Fountain or record video with audio as if interacting with visi- tors through the sculp- ture. How would they react to the children playing in the water below? What might the fountain say if it could speak? What if the faces could change as the seasons change? Any photo with a transparent portion (saved as a png file) can be made interac- tive instantly with this technique. I make tem- plates for lessons like this by using the iPad app, Superim- pose. Additional image layering apps include Layrs and Juxtaposer. Layering Images The Superimpose app is designed to layer two images, but for this proj- ect, I ignore the back layer and only save the foreground. I use the double square button in the top-left corner to get started. I choose a simple contrast- ing color for the background, then use the same double square button again to bring in the foreground image that I want to create a transparent space within from the camera roll. At the bottom of the screen I choose the "mask" tab to access the tools to erase the area of the image that will be replaced with students' faces. You'll find tools that select color fields, erase, replace, lasso, gradually fade, and more. When the image is ready, choose Tricia Fuglestad I developed an interactive digital lesson based on Chicago's Crown Fountain to increase their awareness of public sculpture John, grade four. 16 APRIL 2016 SchoolArts CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16. I N S P I R E ? HOW DO YOU Work with Davis! Davis Publications, Inc. is looking for Art Education Consultants and Presenters to deliver expert training on our print and digital educational materials. Go to for a full job description and application information. What we're looking for: • An organized self-starter who can provide dynamic and engaging presentations for large groups of educators. • 5+ years of experience in a K–12 school district and knowledge about how edu- cation programs are used in school environments. • Exceptional communication and presentation skills. • Someone who is comfort- able using contemporary digital technology.

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