These are my notes from Tricia Fuglestad‘s presentation “Creative Digital Art Projects that put STEAM into STEM” at the 2013 ICE Conference near Chicago, Illinois. Tricia is a K-5 Elementary Art Teacher. She is @fuglefun on Twitter. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. Her websites are:


BE SURE TO CHECK OUT TRICIA’S 2012 K-12 ONLINE CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Teaching Art in a Technology Rich and Connected Classroom

Tricia Fuglestad is the most amazing K-5 Art Teacher You'll Ever Meet

“Peek into My Classroom”

Some kids come to school loving it, some not
– engaging projects which use art

Help change STEM to STEAM
– make Einstein say anything!

Use art to inspire Creative Writing
using painting of Christiana’s World by Andrew Wyeth

Not Christina’s World Anymore (iPad lesson) from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

students first reflected on the painting
– then they went outside with cameras and tried to re-create the composition of the painting in teams/groups

Key is having your students in front of a color you can erase digitally
– save as PNG
– any app like Sketchbook Express or Brushes

Use art to inspire Storytelling and Writing
– The Scream by Edvard Munch
– When was the last time you screamed
– used Wordle, iPads, Photo Booth

Then we posed before green screen with our homemade scream mask, we used instant alpha to make them transparent

Since the “Artsonia” competition doesn’t publish student faces, so because we create a lot of media we create with masks so student voices are hidden

Brushes app on the iPad records your strokes and plays them back

Custom Photo Booth effect, you can can customize effects with some tricks
– I have a tutorial
– need app “Quartz Composer
– I do this with a lot of images so students can step into their artwork and tell their stories
– we also had an original spooky song made in garageband playing in the background

Next project: Use art to celebrate Read Across America day

Using American Gothic picture to teach social studies
– interactive project looking at how much this picture was sold to the American Arts Institute
– put it into an inflation calculator
– what that meant to Grant Wood, artist
– real models for the picture, his sister and dentist

This interactive lesson was created using Mimeo
– can install it as a free version, take my lesson and run it

Can take out anything in PhotoBook Special Effects


Using art to inspire reflective thinking
– Artist statements
– Andy Warhol liked to be quoted
– worked to replicate similar dramatic photos

Have Fugleflick video (student-created / art-related videos teaching art related topics by kids)

Use word

Used “Word Photo” app
– students wrote six word poems about them
– turns them into a digital image

Ipevo is giving away their technology NOW:

What is your ONE campaign word
– Using art to celebrate President’s Day

Using art to imagine Good Character

Caricatures Speak Out for Character from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Using art to Explore Careers

Careers in Art from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Statue of Liberty Spoof
– Augmented reality via

My 1st Augmented Reality Experience

My 1st Augmented Reality Experience from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Using Art to teach Healthy Choices

iMotion HD app for iPad makes your stop-motion animations into video

Digital Animation Project in Doink: Making an Animated Alien in Doink

Making an Animated Alien in Doink from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

5th Grade Rotoscope Animation on iPads

5th Grade Rotoscope Animation on iPads from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

– we won $5000 for getting 2nd place in a McGraw Hill contest with the video we made, these were 5th graders who had already graduated, but they came back and celebrated!
– money is going back into the art program to purchase iPads we will get to use and keep

Use the art of filmmaking to teach anything!
– kids will actually watch a video and listen
– what you should do when you come into the room, making it a little entertaining

Technorati Tags: , , , ,

If you enjoyed this post and found it useful, subscribe to Wes' free newsletter. Check out Wes' video tutorial library, "Playing with Media." Information about more ways to learn with Dr. Wesley Fryer are available on

On this day..

Share →
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Sharing from Matthews, North Carolina! Connect with Wes on Mastodon.