Life Drawing.

Last night we were on a search for some good old Christmas classic movies. The ones that give you the warm feelings while you sip from your hot chocolate and grab some more popcorn from under your cosy blanket.

One specific movie seems to kick off the season: A Charlie Brown Christmas. What I love about it, is the animation. It’s a cartoon. That is my warm and fuzzy.

So for this activity I decided to open a blank canvas in Keynote and get my Apple Pencil out. With Magic Move and Line Draw as my little helpers, this Christmas will have another classic.

A simple feature like Live Draw unlocks a world of potential ideas for me.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank template.

Delete any of the text boxes.

Change the background color to the one that you need to tell your story.

Tap on the slide to make sure you have selected it. Then tap on the paintbrush at the upper right hand corner and change the color in the Style section.

Tap on the the screen with your Apple Pencil to reveal the drawings tools and start drawing your scene.

TIP: Use shapes and trace them if you only want to work with drawings.

The next bit is where you are going to make the magic happen.

Tap on your drawing and select Animate. Choose Line Draw from the options and observe the result.

To animate the slides we will use Magic Move.

Arrange your objects on the first slide to their begin position. This could be even outside of the slide design.

Then tap on the first slide and choose Transition.

Select Magic Move. When you get asked the question to duplicate your slide, confirm with Yes.

Now go to the second slide and move your object to the final position.

Tap Play and behold your animation story.

Going Further.

After creating your animation video, you can take your creativity even further by recording your own sound effects in GarageBand and Live Loops.

Export your result to Clips to enhance it even further.

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

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Everyone Can Create: Video

Everyone Can Create: Drawing

Everyone Can Create: Music

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide

Apple Teacher: GarageBand for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!