My name is Darius and I am an Artist. Over the past three weeks, I’ve started working with wonderful students in year 3 & 4 as part of the Every Child is an Artist project. The classes are learning about 3D modeling to create their own virtual cities to be viewed in an Augmented Reality iPAD App.
Wait a minute…What is Augmented Reality?
Ah…yes, what is Augmented Reality (AR for short)? AR allows us to add layers of video, images, 3D models and more to the world around us through an iPAD app. AR is becoming very popular in computer games like Pokemon GO, toys like Lego and in modern art.
Our AR app will be called My City and will contain over 20 virtual cities made by the students. In December, friends and family will be able to explore the cities by scanning small markers across the school. Each marker will reveal a new city created by the students.
Week One: City Planning
The students began by working in groups to decide on a theme for their AR city. We had lots of great ideas including Candy City, Robot City and Business City. Once each group had an idea, we discussed what makes up a city:
Trees & Signs
Each group began to design what they wanted to add to their cities and designed maps to help decide where everything goes.
Learning about 3D Modeling
Each city will be created in 3D! So we began by discussing what is 3D? The students had a good idea, “A cube is 3D but a square is not!”.
Learning to use 123D Design
123D Design is a FREE iPAD App (also available on MAC / PC) for creating 3D models. The students got hands-on using the APP and began experimenting with combining different 3D shapes (spheres, cubes, pyramids, cylinders etc) and changing the size, position and rotation.
After learning to use the 123D Design app, in the previous session, students were ready to start creating their buildings. Everybody had an iPAD and some brilliant designs were created, a few examples can be seen below:
Castle from Chocolate Kingdom
House by Raheel
We’ve had a great start to the project and the students are loving using the iPADs to create their cities. In a few weeks, we will add colour and texture to the models.
Next session Transport!