Program Options

2021 School Residency Program Options

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

Art of Music Videos
Students will get a chance to pick a song to create their own music video. Students will also critique their favorite music videos to help them identify criteria for what makes an interesting and visually appealing music video. They will learn multi-media production to be able to incorporate animations, special effects, and narrative storylines to make their music videos unique to them. 

Cinematic Adaptation
Students learn to translate textual literacy into visual literacy to use the tools of cinematography to script, film, and edit a cinematic adaptation of a source text, with the challenge of retaining the theme/tone/central conflict of the original source but updating the time period and circumstances to reflect students’ lives and interests, as well as altering the conclusion to become more hopeful than the original.

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 Animation
In this workshop students will get to create and animate their own digital puppets! First students will learn the steps of properly building a digital puppet as well as a background in Adobe Photoshop. Once that is completed the digital puppets will be transferred into Adobe Character Animator, where the students will write a short skit and animate their puppets, giving them facial expressions, movements, and a voice. Lastly, students will bring their backgrounds and recorded animations into Adobe After Effects to bring together a cohesive animated short.  

Digital Composition
Students explore the process of digital composition: blending found footage, freshly-filmed footage, effects, and narration to create multi-media projects including video collages, creative mash-ups, genre-benders, and alternative endings. Students will focus on pursuing individual artistic visions while testing the potential of editing to be as important a storytelling tool as scripting or filming, while working with found footage as well as scripted/filmed original content.

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 imagine concept art, to create original digital visual art pieces, and to strengthen their skills in visual communication. Students also gain practice with identifying light sources, learning how to properly shade, learning how to compose images, and take elements from source texts to re-imagine them and refashion them through a unified personal aesthetic.

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. Students will learn about the process of filmmaking from all the way from scripting to editing, in addition to less conventional filmmaking techniques such as visual metaphor.  They will get to experiment with shot composition, sound, color, time and shot composition to push the boundaries of typical filmmaking and their imaginations, and end up with their own unique short films.

Filmmaking 101
Students learn the entire 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. This offering can be Narrative, Documentary or Special Effects filmmaking.

Student work sample:
Santa Woman

How-To Tutorials
Students produce short expository videos in which they demonstrate a skill or perform an understanding of a specific subject, helping others to learn how to do the same. Students learn and manage the entire production process while using writing to convincingly convey their skill. 

Kinetic Typography
In this residency, 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 animated imagery highlighting and supplementing the spoken words.

Multi-Media Animation
In this offering students will get to try their hand at different types of animation. First students will learn basic animation principles by making live-action stop-motion animations. They will make characters, backgrounds, sound effects, and create stories, then use basic stop-motion techniques to bring their stories to life. Next, students will get to make their own Digital Puppets in Adobe Photoshop, and use Adobe Character Animator to make their own short animated skit. 

Podcasting/Radio Production
Students are led through the planning, producing, and editing of digital audio stories, working in small groups to create short podcasts which may be original works of fiction or creative non-fiction. Students brainstorm and plan ideas, learn communication and articulation (including finding their voice), and learn audio recording/production skills, and edit their final piece (with music and sound effects). Students may also choose still images to accompany their audio presentation. Finished pieces air on Radio Uprising, the Art Effect’s youth-produced radio show, which airs every Thursday from 4pm – 5pm on 91.3fm WVKR Independent Radio. 

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

Public Service Announcement (PSAs)
In this residency, 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.

Video Poems
Students write their own poems with mentorship from our media educators or work with a poem that is being studied in the classroom. They break down each stanza and determine visual images that represent the concepts within the poem. They then storyboard, film the visuals that they have selected, audio-record the poem, and edit the video poem.

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

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.

Updated 9/1/2020