Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts

Monday, May 15, 2017

Free Continuing Education from FutureLearn

I recommend Future Learn online courses from the UK. They are free and every course so far has been chock a block full of information, with fabulous links to what is happening now around the world in the fields of your chosen topics.

Courses I've been taking over the last year are
Film Making And Animation In The Classroom    - The British Film Institute
Teaching Literacy Through Film
Explore Animation  -  National Film & Television School UK

The Enterprise Shed, Making Ideas Happen - Trinity College Dublin (I think this one is closed now so I don't have a link)
Digital Story Telling - University of Birmingham
Writing Fiction  - The Open University UK




These are small characters of plasticine created for a project creating animated movies using iPads, iMotion App, and iMovie with grade fours at Lord Nelson Elementary School. I was able to share what I learned from Future Learn with the children. My lesson plan reads like a book now. Now there's another idea. I wonder if teachers would want a lesson plan for this topic?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Art Making With iPad



I put a lot of work through the months of January to June preparing lesson plans and working with students. I think I will start sharing what I learned in case it is of any use to teachers out there wanting ideas of ways to use iPads for art making and not just for playing games.

FUN WITH TYPE DRAWING APP
The first green background/house image I used wingdings of musical notes and small boxes.  I was able to draw with the icons working as my 'pen' line for a line drawing. Simple and so much fun.

For the second, I took a digital image drawn with a different program and used it as a background for a short writing fiction piece about a first day at school memory of a bully incident. Then I wrote text over and around it using this APP.

For the second I used a faded background image of a hill and a tree and I placed the text over top.

Directions:
1. Write words into a text box.
2. Draw your finger or tablet pen over the screen.
3. Your words flow from your finger.
4. Bring in a piece of art or a photo and place behind your text.

A sensitive and powerful drawing tool as well as a way to play with text and writing. I think it costs under $3.

Monday, September 10, 2012

NUNS & COWBOYS

After much deliberation I posted  my new video on YouTube. I have no idea what to do with it but I am so glad I made the piece. I guess an artist just has to keep on making art. So I may as well share this with my dear friends who also blog and who occasionally come by maplepancakes. Thanks for being there!

The video is six minutes long. The story is about a kid living in the 1950's and her discovery of cowboy movies. So far I have shared it with my friends and I posted it on my portfolio blog.

My project was an experiment in animation.
I created the animation using an online drawing program created by Zefrank and Mario Klingemann, edited in Painter 12, and animated clips created using my drawings in sequences with Animationish (A wonderful animation program designed for kids).

I used my iPad to record the sound track with Garage Band. I had to make a few runs through it to get it without helicopters flying past or ambulances or even crazy drivers spinning wheels on the streets below. I recorded in the bathroom but then it sounded as if I'd recorded in the bathroom. I recorded in the bedroom with the story taped to my closet door so that I could stand up and read the whole thing without stopping because I haven't figured out how to split tracks without them sounding disconnected. I also added voice tracks running under the dialogue. I became singing nuns and then later for the video, the voices of kids playing cowboys.

If anyone had been looking in at me sitting with my iPad laying tracks into Garage Band they might have thought I'd lost my mind.

But it is now finished and I had so much fun with it I am so glad I put the time into it.

If anyone wants to comment I will be so happy to know you looked at it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chugging Along

Yesterday I received my book proposal back in the mail. A very nice letter from the editor informs me respectfully that the story doesn't fit their current picture book needs.
I have to admit it is lovely to know so quickly about how they feel about the book idea. A no is hard but not unexpected.
I was thinking about re-doing all of the illustrations and I am so glad I didn't spend more time on it.
I am working on a new idea now and it is refreshing to get away from the pig characters because I was not really happy with them. I am kind of glad they never had a life out there.
I have been helping a friend with her book of poetry over the past few weeks. And I am working on a new picture book idea and getting back to writing.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Mailed it Away!

Overcoming my intense fear of mailing away, I made myself feel all the fear and I put that manuscript with my illustrations in the post box. Whew! I had no idea how much emotion I had over this project. I get stuck when I am almost done. For five years since I retired  I have been holding back.
Everything seemed to get in the way.

The Interact Books Contest got me started and led to a picture book with seventeen illustrations completed instead.  But  I can not exactly express my thoughts about how hard it was for me to mail this away.
It was finished and ready three weeks ago. But then I decided to do the whole thing over in order to change the characters from piggies to children.  The entire project changed in front of me on the screen and I realized it would take me to January to finish a new version properly. So I argued with myself thinking that maybe the story actually stinks and no one would want it anyway. And I have other projects I want to do waiting in a box.
But two days ago after setting myself the new goal of the end of October I decided to go back to the completed work I have spent so much time on. I packed it up with a few samples of my new character ideas. I spent a day composing a letter to the publisher. Then I packed it all up with a return stamped self addressed envelope and I headed out the door with it under my arm. While walking to the post office I had second thoughts and almost turned around because of something I wanted to add. But "No" I said to myself.  All the words are there with the illustrations and it either works or it does not work. The worst that can happen is they will hate it and mail it all back. But I can handle that.
Now I am free to move on to other projects. I toasted myself last night with a glass of wine for putting the darned thing in the mail.
I took a picture of the envelope ready to go with some samples of what I placed inside the envelope when it was ready to mail. And on the screen I took a shot of the beginnings of my new character designs to replace the piggies. See below.
So now I will work on other things. And even though I never made that APP on time, this  picture book idea came out of the effort. I decided a book is a better format for this project. I learned a lot about what can be done with Corel Painter and a Bamboo Fun  low end price-wise Wacom Tablet. This was a good project for me to try.
Now I think I might try to create an APP with Interact Books regardless of the contest. But that's a whole other story. And it is waiting for me in my box of papers. I can't wait to see who wins the Interact best APP contest. It won't be me. But I wish them all luck! And I will wait to see what comes back in the mail. I will let you know one way or the other dear blog and any friends who happen by.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Setting a New Goal This Week

Hello out there. Is anybody there? I have been working on a book and got lost in it revising and changing and editing and I've been wondering when I will finish it. What first began as an idea for an APP turned into so many illustrations I realized I had enough for a book. So...I finished it as a book. But then I started having second thoughts about the character design.
And then my computer had major problems and I ended up with a new computer which is absolutely lovely so far. Fortunately I saved and backed up files all along the way. So nothing was lost. I must have created over six gigabytes of files working on this.
Then once I had the new computer up and running I changed all the characters from piggies into kids. And I like the kids much better. This led me into doing some research about costume and current fashion.
Now it is October and each day I get closer to an ending of this project.
I have set a goal for finishing by October 31.



On and on and on it goes. I need a support team.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A book promo video by Jarrett Krosoczka

I came across this funny wonderful book promo video today. I think I will post it here so I can look at it whenever I feel like laughing at this idea of writing or trying to write and illustrate and what happens next.

BOOK BY BOOK: the making of a monkey man
by Jarrett Krosoczka