We finished off the first semester in Intro. to Digital Media with a culminating project using Augmented Reality, Photoshop and After Effects. Students were asked to choose paintings from a list of art periods and then create parallax animations of their chosen paintings. They were then asked to create postcards with their paintings on them, so that any art student could point their smart phones at the postcards and see their animations. This was a 4-5 week project that included separating out foreground, middle ground and background in Photoshop, as well as using the "puppet" tool in After Effects.
You can have some fun pointing your own smartphone at the images in this post to see some of the student work. The directions for downloading the Aurasma app are seen at the bottom of this post.
More images will be posted on the blog soon!
Directions for using the Aurasma app
1) Download the app for your phone: Aurasma
2) Open the app and press the small white aurasma icon at the bottom until you see the “Explore” page
3) Hit the small search icon in the bottom bar and type #nthsgottfried in the search bar.
4) You will see a list of auras and pictures with student names-ar next to them. Click on any one of the auras.
5) "Follow" one of the auras and you will now be following all the auras with #nthsgottfried. You are ready to see all the auras for Digital Media 1!
6) Point your phone at any of the aura photos or images. You will see bouncing dots in a circle. Hold the phone in front of the image until the bouncing dots turn into a target. Watch your aura!
If you don’t see the aura after a few seconds, try holding the phone closer or farther away from the image.
Lisa Gottfried is a CTE teacher with 20 years experience as CEO of her own Video and Motion Graphics Production house. She currently teaches Intro to Digital Media, Video Production and Game/3D Design. She loves her job and her students!