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Elementary Students Reflect on Their Art

Lys first used Shadow Puppet with her third grade class. They were studying how artists use color to express emotion and had created their own piece of work using expressive color. Using Shadow Puppet, the students each shared what they’d learned about other artists’ use of color and also explained how they used color in their own piece and what emotions it expressed.

Using Shadow Puppet all started because we had to pick a professional goal. Mine was to use technology more in the classroom, especially to have the students talk more about their artwork. And the kids love it. Whenever I say they can make something with Shadow Puppet they are psyched.”

Before recording their stories with Shadow Puppet, Lys usually gives her students a writing prompt based on their art projects. They’ll write a blurb and then practice reading it aloud. After a few practice rounds, each student records their final draft independently using Shadow Puppet. This structure works well with just one iPad in the classroom; the students take turns recording, while the rest of the class works on writing or practicing reading aloud.

I love that using Shadow Puppet combines art, literacy and technology into one great piece of work.”

Lys also used Shadow Puppet with her first graders. After learning about how different illustrators show emotion, Ms Olson’s first graders wrote and illustrated a story based on a time they felt a particular emotion—sad, happy, scared. After finishing their story, they recorded it using Shadow Puppet.

Shadow Puppet is really easy for the kids to use. I showed a group of my 1st graders how to do it once and now they’re pros at it. They were teaching the other students how to use it—it’s just that user-friendly and easy.”

Most recently, Lys’ fourth grade class was studying landscapes and how artists break rules. They made guitars out cardboard using elements from different landscapes—cacti, mountains, flowers, the moon. Meanwhile, in their English class, they are learning how to write instructions that explain how to do something. To hone the skills they’re developing in both art and English, the students used Shadow Puppet to create a how-to video for their custom guitar.

My hope is to have each student record something in the beginning, middle and end of the year so I could compare their progress over the year. Especially with the younger students, they really develop and grow throughout the school year. It would be good for both me and for them to go back and listen to how they read in September, January and May.”

Lys’ school also has many English language learners and using Shadow Puppet has helped them improve their language skills. She’ll tailor the writing portion of the activity to match each student’s ability; ELL students will write a few sentences to record, more advanced students will write entire stories.

Using Shadow Puppet helps my English-language learners because they can go back and hear hear how they’re pronouncing words. Plus, just practicing speaking aloud helps them improve.”

Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in Art Class
  • Explain a drawing, painting, photograph or sculpture
  • Color & form photo scavenger hunt
  • Report on a famous artist or movement
  • Make a portfolio of the year’s projects
  • Create technique tutorials

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Using Shadow Puppet educational app in Art Class. Students reflect on art projects using Shadow Puppet app

Lys Olson, Art Teacher

Lys teaches 1st through 6th grades at a Title I public elementary school outside of Denver, CO.

She has one iPad in her classroom.


 
Lesson ideas for Shadow Puppet educational app in Art Class.
Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in Art Class

  • Explain a drawing, painting, photograph or sculpture
  • Color & form photo scavenger hunt
  • Report on a famous artist or movement
  • Make a portfolio of the year’s projects
  • Create technique tutorials