The process took the students through
- Wireframing a draft Christmas Motif
- Editing this to create a final coloured design
- Copying and pasting this motif to create repeating patterns (wrapping paper style)
- And finally experimenting with how different background colours and colour sequences in their designs effected the seasonal appeal of their image.
This week most of the students have chosen their "favourite" wrapping paper design and used design wizards in MS Publisher to create their card, including this design on the front, and some including the smaller design motif elsewhere, personalising the greeting. They are very attractive as outcomes and even the simpest of designs, when repeated have produced some really intricate outcomes.
One of my students, building on our units of work last year, has developed a real interest in using Pivot Stick Animator to tell short visual stories. It's been a bit chilly this week and during lunchtimes he has been working away on this.
Very imaginative and creative yet somehow "Pythonesque" or "game like," he extended his use of the wrapping paper design to form a background and structure for his story including characters, who navigate a maze of santa's sleighs, falling between gaps, or limboing under others, transforming as they move shapes from one sleigh to another. This has inspired some thought about how easily we could extend this project to use images we have already developed to create digital online christmas cards.
To make this movie
- The pivot animation file was saved as a .gif file
- The gif was imported to MS MovieMaker along with a suitable sound track.
- The gif was dragged to the timeline and sound track added
- After some editing in MovieMaker to get the look and feel right, the completed movie was then exported as a video file in .wmv format.