Hotel Visit.

On one of the Creative Morning breaks we started sharing ideas over a cup of coffee. I had just told the story of the video silhouette when fellow educator Dr Terri Cullen pulled out her phone to show this fascinating piece of artwork that was hanging in her hotel room.

We took a closer look at it and figured out that this could easily be recreated by learners with some imagination, video and Keynote skills.

Inspiring ladies like Terri and Kristin sparked the idea for this example by showing their work.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

First we need to record a face. This can be either a selfie, a portrait or a mystery person. So start by opening up Clips.

Then tap on the little box on the top left and start a new project.

Next tap on the star icon to choose a filter for your portrait/ selfie/ mystery person recording.

Once you are satisfied with your effects, it is time to start your recording.

Tap on the big red button and record some facial expressions.

Save your end result to your Photo Library by tapping on the share button and selecting the option Save Video.

For the next part of this activity we need to open Keynote and start from a blank template.

Then tap on the plus sign to add the video you just created with Clips. You will find your videos when you tap on the media section Photo or Video.

Next you need to add shapes that cover at least the eyes and the mouth so go ahead and tap on the plus sign and go find your shapes in the Shapes Library. Make sure all your shapes have the same color.

TIP: Explore your imagination by adding multiple different shapes.

Once all the shapes are in you are going to cover the slide with a rectangular shapes in a different color. Tap on the paintbrush and find the square shape. Transform this into a rectangle.

Make sure that your rectangle is selected and then tap on the paintbrush. Go to the Arrange section and slide the rectangle behind the other shapes.

For the final step you need to select all the shapes.

Then tap on the paintbrush and go the Arrange section where you select the subtract icon.

Your artwork is now finished.

TIP: If you want the video to keep playing then you have to select it and afterwards tap on the paintbrush. In the Movie section you can loop the video.

Don’t forget to export your result as a video by tapping on the three dots. Select export and then Movie.

Save your result in your Photo Library and show it on the Apple TV with the rest.

Going Further.

In one of the comments on the original post of the art work lesson fellow educator Kristin Brooks mentioned that she could see this also as a mystery person activity.

I thought about that and in the result below you can see that I added two buttons:  Yes and No. The learners can ask questions to find the identity of this mystery person and you would respond accordingly by tapping on the right button.

TIP: Make sure to turn your presentation style to Link Only and include a back button on your Yes and No slides.

Alternatively you could also reveal more of the person as the learners progress with correct answers.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:


Everyone Can Create: Video

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!

Kurt Klynen

Kurt is an educator who started his educational career 18 years ago. Nowadays he develops learning experiences and teacher support materials that are simple and elegant using Apple technology, tools, and apps to improve engagement and outcomes. He loves building and delivering technology-based instructional materials, curriculum, or professional learning programs for educators and education institutions.
Kurt is a passionate educator and inspiring speaker.

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