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What's On Your Mind
The world needs hope & beauty. It’s time to make art and share it with others. I have used this motion graphic lesson multiple times, with students grade 5-12 for art and for SEL. It is easy to alter the content just by changing the prompt, making it relevant for any discipline.
*share as .GIF
There is a lot going on in our world, a global pandemic, environmental challenges, violence and injustice. In addition, each of us have our personal ups and downs. It is important to check in and ask, “What’s on your Mind?”
This challenge for students, is to create an image that VISUALLY communicates an idea, with the words being an extension of the image. You see the image first, then through animation, the words appear. Students will uses shapes, image fills, drawing and animated text to convey their message. With the vast shape library in Keynote students find support in creating imagery. And, with the easy share step they can share their work with others.
- Research. Public Art, Street Art, Banksy, Basquiat, Fairey, Mural Arts, Amplifier; these are just a few links to artists and organizations who work in the public art domain. Be inspired.
- Pick a quote or create a personal statement or mantra fo your message. Open Notes. Write and/or sketch images that support your idea. Listing is a really helpful way to brainstorm ideas for imagery.
- Launch a new blank document in Keynote. Go to document set up and choose square.
- Start by adding a background. Bring in a shape and fill with color or an image fill.
- Begin to add shapes. Fill you shapes with a variety of image fills. TIP:Having photos of colors and textures in your camera roll is helpful for this. Have students arrange them in an album for easy access.
- Use the drawing tools to add more imagery. Make it interesting while leaving space for your text.
- Add in your text. Drawing makes it more personal but you could also add a text box and type.
- Add animation. Tap the drawing animation>build in>line draw and export as a GIF
This lesson was a smashing success. The shape library really supports students who are intimidated by drawing and give a high quality look that younger students, may not be developmentally, be able to achieve. Students are excited about their work and grow in confidence.
This is a lesson that can be used over and over. Just by changing the prompt you can tap into a variety of topics. I have used this for Let’s Connect, during remote learning where students shared messages with classmates. What’s On Your mind was a temperature check when returning to school and it has been used as a call for Equity.
Extension: Make it Public
Now that you have created your art work it is time to put it in a public place for all to see. Consider your message and what makes sense. Who is your audience?
Get a photo of that place. You can take the photo yourself if it is someplace you can get to. You could search on the Maps app and screen shot the location. You may use an existing photo only if it does not have copyright restrictions. Search on Unsplash or use the Creative Commons.