robert c f mulder - new media artist - artist in education projects

Detailed Description: stop-frame animation workshop

Detailed Project Description:
In this project, a complete class of students is immersed in the exploration of ecological,Grade 5 students monitoring progress of the video. personal, or social issues. Students utilize stop frame animation techniques to make a 5-6 minute movie. In this workshop students are encouraged to generate ideas, write stories, compose and perform music, construct articulated characters (that will eventually inhabit their own "world") according to a plan or script of their own design. Students are responsible for the dramatic delivery of their text and the integration of the visual and audio components.
    During the creation and production phases of the project, the students become the characters, musicians, audio technicians, set-designers, director(s), art designers, animators, narrators, timers, script developers, etc. By continually monitoring each completed step of their sound and raw animated video, students can, as a group, assess how well they are realizing their original concept, and if there is room for possible improvement.
To develop material for the movie, students will research and develop ideas in close liaison with the classroom teacher and available in-school resources. This project can be effectively incorporated into current classroom curriculum; for example, it could be a portion of an ecological studies unit.
The final product of their collaboration is a video tape or DVD.

Project requirements:
Regular classroom with standard supplies such as construction paper, markers etc. A large "newer" video monitor (TV) (with composite or S-VHS inputs; access to a computer, word processor and printer; access to a copier.

Depends on workshop, see attached PDFs (above) for detailed information.

Project outcomes:
During the workshop the students will:

  • Use their artistic skills and aesthetic judgment.
  • Describe their sensory, emotional, and intellectual responses to art, sound movement and music.
  • Analyze the ways in which different media speak to the senses.
  • Communicate their understanding of ideas, environmental and social conditions.
  • Learn how to make effective use of communications technology.
  • Explain how technology affects the ways artists work.
  • Describe the aesthetic qualities of things they perceive in the world around them.
  • Use kinesthetic techniques to express ideas and feelings.
  • Describe and evaluate themselves and their projects.
  • Share ideas, experiences, and information with others in a variety of ways.
  • Use different forms of communication to express their thoughts and feelings.



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