Week 7: Funny Faces, Storytelling #2, Logos and Magazine Spreads

This week the Preps had a lot of fun making faces out of fruit and other assorted objects, the Grade 1-2s were finishing off their Toy Stories using Adobe Spark Video, the Grade 3-4s started work on designing logos for their mock app games and the Grade 5-6s were given an extra session to finish off their work on magazine spreads.

FUNNY FACES

Based on the work by reknowned Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, I found a fantastic app for students to create funny faces (or anything really) using fruit, or other kinds of food and objects. I tried this one out on my four year old daughter prior to the lesson, and I was amazed at what she came up with. The Prep kids in my class did not disappoint. The app is super easy to use. I started off by showing them this video on how the app works.

Here are some of the stellar examples the students saved for their portfolio.

TOY PHOTOSTORIES #2

One of the things I love in Media Arts is how you can tie in the skills they learn with me to what they learn in the classroom. It’s a fine line though, and I only have 45min per class per week, so retreading what they do in class is kept to a minimum.

What I mean by this is that they learn in literacy how to create and construct a narrative. With me they learn how to take that narrative and make it interactive – in this case by constructing photostories using Adobe Spark Video. When I say I keep the retread to a minimum, I notice with a lot of them that although they successfully created the video, their skills in creating a cohesive narrative were a little patchy. But when we shared them, I didn’t dwell on it too much. For me, I wanted to see that the skills they learned using the app were up to par.

This week, with their “principle photography” done, I modelled how to create a front page (creating a title for their movie) a back page (with a photo of the creators) and choosing music and themes. The music was a tricky one because they needed to understand that the mix had to be right. The music shouldn’t be too loud that it makes the story hard to hear. Some groups understood that better than others.

Here are some fun stories to see.

 

CREATING APP LOGOS IN ILLUSTRATOR

When I was brainstorming ideas for Media Arts at the beginning of the year, this was one I had very clearly in my head. The last couple of lessons with Illustrator really built up to this. The first being their work with colour theory and creating complementary colour swatches. And the second being last week, learning to draw in Illustrator (with the robots) using shapes.

With these skills now put into practise, their task this week and for next week was to dream up a game for the iphone and create a logo that went with it. The logo was really more of a splash screen than a iOS icon, but the kids really dove into it.

I really wanted to impress on them that I wanted them to keep it simple. Some of the most successful logos in the world (actually, probably most of them) are pretty simple. I didn’t want them to get carried away drawing beautiful pieces of art on paper and then struggle recreating that in Illustrator. I urged them to use the shape and line tools to create what they want.

As you will see next week when I show the examples, some of them chose to follow that advice, and some of them didn’t.

This video goes into what I modelled to the students in more depth.

MAGAZINE SPREADS IN INDESIGN – FINAL

This activity was perhaps a little more ambitious than I originally thought. The grade 5-6s could do it, more or less, but they needed more time that I originally gave them. So this week they had an extra third session to finish off their work.

Remember, the lesson was not for them to create their own idea – but to recreate (or, I guess copy) a professional design. In this way, I wanted to expand their idea of what an article in a magazine can look like, whilst looking at feature points that they may not have paid much attention to before, such as the subheadings, byline, captions, columns, page numbers, drop caps, and so on.

With each example I have here below, you will see the original design and then their recreated design.

These first few are from the grade 5s. Although I wanted their mock designs to be themed to do with the environment, the body text of the article was just placeholder text.

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With the grade 6s, as I have explained, they had the additional task of importing a previously written report on natural disasters into their design, so it became a proper article.

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Next week, the Grade 5-6s will look at creating magazine covers – something I hope will be easier for them, considering they only have one session to finish it off.

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