4th graders are bringing inanimate objects to life (an approach used by artists in different careers). To inspire students, I created a Keynote presentation featuring how this strategy is used by commercial artists, authors and illustrators, photographers and sculptors. We saw video footage of M&M commercials like this one http://bit.ly/KYmY3N as well as other commercials in which objects have been brought to life. You may have seen the Geico money with eyes, the Swiffer mop, the adorable Mini Wheat cereal characters? We watched a snippet of "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On", the story of a tiny shell living in a large world. We also saw a few sculptures by Terry Border. One in particular was an apple with wire arms and legs. This apple was lifting a barbel, which conveyed the message of health and fitness. We viewed illustrations from the book, "How are you Peeling" http://bit.ly/vEJtmq . Finally, we learned about a popular street art form called, "Eye Bombing". There are various Flickr galleries online that feature images of objects in public spaces that were photographed with googly eyes.
Students then worked in teams, discussing what objects they may want to give human characteristics and what message or story the object might convey.
The images in this gallery feature their characters. Currently, they are in the process of creating mini videos, adding video of their mouths to their objects. See our videos here Bringing Objects to Life