Since 2009, KQED Arts Education has held workshops in stop-motion animation for both students and teachers. Inspired by Spark artist M.Dot Strange, and partnering with our friends at the Disposable Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, and Zeum, we’ve seen filmmakers of all ages produce their own digital animation projects. Stop-motion projects are low-tech and can be used for classroom projects focused on a range of topics.
KQED workshop participant and Rooftop Arts Coordinator Amy Blasbaugh took stop-motion into a 4th grade art classroom and tried another form of animation using celluloid film strips, thumbtacks, Sharpie markers, and an old-school projector. This camera-less technique was the perfect way to illuminate students’ interest in analog and digital film projects. As you’ll hear in Amy’s In the Classroom interview, there were a lot of “Oohs and aahs.”
Rooftop School is known for their year-long creative themes and part of their current focus is on “Illumination.”
Over the summer, a group of bay area educators participated in a media production workshop, Digital Self-Portraits at KQED. The workshop began with an inspirational day of art-making and viewing at SFMOMA and Zeum. After learning more from curator Julie Charles about contemporary portrait artists (including Robert Arneson and Janine Antoni), the group headed over to ZEUM (soon to be reopened as the Childrens’ Creativity Museum) for some hands-on fun with stop-motion animation. After the field trip, teachers learned about cinematography and story board techniques, then spent two weeks producing a short, autobiographical films to be used as inspiration for self portraiture projects in the classroom.
Each film was creative, and each teacher interpreted the idea of self portraiture in a unique way. Take a moment and view two of theses excellent films produced by art teachers Sharon Ernst and Paul Cartier.
Want to learn how to make a film and incorporate media projects into your curricula? Sign up for KQED’s Education Newsletter for the latest info about our media production institutes for arts educators coming up in spring and summer, 2012.