September 2009 Archives

Project 1> Digital Collage


For this project each member of our class was asked to collect a
digital image that would fit each category including animal, mechanical, face,
landscape, and texture.  Then we were instructed to create a monster in a
landscape by collageing the digital images together in Photoshop.  Last we
created another Photoshop file where we built up a series of layers that we
used to change the position of our characters to create an animation.  I
chose to make an alien like character using dog fur and a flamingo body and
placed it in a Mountain climate, which is made from actual mountains, a
butterfly, clouds, and a sculpture. 

I tried to really dissect the photographs and change the coloring so they weren't recognizable and to create a cartoon like atmosphere.  The choice of the snowy climate allowed me to make the background black and white so my character would be more visible.

 I also like the extra addition of the snow falling to add interest to the
animation.  I chose to leave the head and body of my character in two different
layers so they could move separately to add subtle interest and corkiness to my
character, but with such limited time it was hard to portray this when I
actually created the movie.  This was definitely my first attempt at an
animation so it is very rough and short, but I am excited about the knowledge
I've gained through this project and the possibilities it could offer in the
future.  You can take a look at the animation through the link at the beginning of this paragraph.

Some ideas for working with this method of animation in a classroom include:

  • Having the kids use this type of animation in combination with a creative writing project so they could narrate their own monster movie, or whatever subject they choose to use.
  • You could have kids make an animation with a photo of them self and use the concept of collage for the background scenery where they could create their own imaginary world.
  • You could use this collage technique to create a landscape over a photo of your students head.  You could then document this process gradually through an animation that shows the different steps the student took to change their face into a landscape.

Digital Kid Connection

I have recently noticed how many kids in primary school have cellphones.  I have also noticed how dependent children seem to be on such digital technology.  I worked at a camp this summer where electronic devices of any kind were not allowed.  This was a struggle to enforce although it's on our brochure and we collect items at registration.  Sometimes a parent will give a child a second cellphone to keep but they still have one to turn in so they don't seem suspicious.  This has caused problems in the past, for instance a parent receiving a broken call because of our poor cellphone reception and freaking out  because they don't know how their child is doing.  I love technology but being so dependent on it scares me so I keep my distance if at all possible.   


About this Blog

My name is Whitney Halquist and this blog is a collection of my work from Digital Art Ed. Methods at UMD.  Although it is for class I hope that it will be a tool I can use in my future when I begin my career as an art educator.  It includes lesson plans on animation, documentation of a   narrative animation made by two junior high students, as well as documentation of my own personal work in animation.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Whitney Halquist