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Program Options

School Residency Program Options

3D Design and Printing
Students use the latest innovative technologies to create objects that provide solutions to everyday problems. This class promotes critical thinking and research skills coupled with the fun of design and 3D printing.

Animated Learning
Students learn stop-motion animation techniques us­ing various materials while working collaboratively on a short animated video. Participants create the story, backgrounds, characters, movements, voice record­ing, music, and sound effects.

Student work samples:
The Great Migration
A New Dawn

Computer Coding
Students use Processing, a programming language that bridges the gap between science, technology, and art, to create an original interactive game or artwork. Foundational computer science concepts will be covered as well as art fundamentals such as composition, color theory, and design.

Counter-Advertisements
Students use basic media literacy principles to decode advertisements. They then create counter-advertisements, or parodies of advertisements, that deliver more truthful or constructive messages using the same persuasion techniques as real ads. This workshop can be offered either in print media, radio, or video formats.

Digital Composition
Students explore the process of digital composition: blending found footage, freshly-filmed footage, effects, and narration to create multimedia projects including video collages, creative mash-ups, genre-benders, and alternative endings. Through this process, they will pursue individual artistic visions while testing the potential of editing to be as important a storytelling tool as scripting or filming.

Digital Essays
Students use digital video to create multimedia documents that integrate images, words, and sounds to creatively investigate any content area. Students research topics, formulate an interpretation, and script/film/edit digital essays consisting of audio-visual displays of information. Students practice persuasive writing to write a script for voice-over narration that draws evidence from the text to support their claims.

Student work samples:
FDR Documentary: Beyond the Fear of Life
Eleanor Roosevelt: Haunted by Betrayal

Digital Painting
Students use Wacom Tablets and Photoshop software to create original digital visual art pieces and strengthen their skills in visual communication. Students also gain practice with identifying light sources, learning how to properly shade and compose images, and taking elements from source texts to re-imagine them and refashion them.

Student work sample:
Digital Painting Documentary

Experimental Film
Students will learn about the genre of experimental film, as well as green screen technology and Adobe software, in order to transform nonfiction texts through audio-visual cinematic connection to novels, poems or other fictional texts using experimental film. Students use excerpts from the text, secondary sources in print and multimedia formats, and cinematic techniques such as visual metaphor and rhetorical analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.

Filmmaking 101
Students learn the full process of filmmaking. Students begin by learning basic cinematography, then collaborate to create their own films from concept to script, storyboarding to filming and editing. Can be offered as Experimental, Narrative, Documentary or Special Effects filmmaking.

Student work sample:
Santa Woman

Minecraft
Students use the very popular online video game Minecraft to develop digital literacy and critical thinking skills through both guided activities (such as building their own digital community) and independent explorations of architecture, social sciences, and urban planning.

Radio Production
Students are led through the recording and editing of digital audio pieces. Youth work in small groups to create short journalistic non-fiction, book re­views, or short fiction podcasts by brainstorming, recording, and editing their final pieces for broadcast on Spark’s weekly radio show, Radio Uprising, which airs from 4pm – 5pm every Thursday on 91.3 FM WVKR radio.

Student work sample:
“Disney and People of Color” by Raeva Kumar

Poetry in Motion
Students use Kinetic Typography in Adobe After-Effects to give visual meaning to poems and/or famous speeches using digitally animated words and imagery. Students perform close readings of texts (poems or speeches) to identify key points, main ideas, and pivotal words/phrases. Students then plan and produce digital animations coupling voiceover narration of the poem/speech itself with animated imagery and words highlighting and supplementing the spoken text.

Student work sample:
I Am That Student

Public Service Announcement (PSAs)
Students synthesize main ideas, recurring themes, and individual interpretations of course texts in order to generate original video Public Service Announcements, or non-commercial advertisements developed to inform or educate the public about an issue. Students research their topic, plan and script their PSA, and then film, edit, and present their PSA to their peers.

Student work sample:
V.O.T.E. Racism PSA
Tips on How to Be Tick Free

Talking Back to Media Messages
In this residency, students learn to recognize the role that media plays in shaping their lives by applying basic media literacy principles to advertisements in order to decode them. Students script out their “talk-backs” and then use stop-motion animation to audio-visually deconstruct and critique the ads.

Student work sample:
Dutchess County Youth Forum – Talking Back to Media Messages

YouTube and Civic Engagement
Students will artistically engage the popular digital video-sharing platform, YouTube, to create short, dynamic expository/persuasive video logs (“vlogs”) around class content. Projects can include original narrative films, how-to tutorial videos, “talk-back” reaction videos, and more, based on how students adapt course content. Skills covered will include cinematography and editing techniques, production tips, and defining and writing for your audience.

Student work sample:
Spring 2017 March/Protest Video

Zine-Making
Students make and publish their own zines (mini-magazine) while gaining an understanding of zine culture and the self-publishing industry. Students generate content (fiction and nonfiction), use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, and analyze the benefits and drawbacks of print media in the digital age.