Arts and Academic Standards

Balance, components, constraints, continuity, divergent thinking, ethics, fairness, fair use, generative methods, hybridization

  • Responding: apply criteria to evaluate artistic work
  • Producing: develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation
  • Creating: organize, conceptualize and complete artistic ideas and work; convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work
  • Connecting: relate artists ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding
  • Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art

Residency: Claymation

A Science+Art+Technology experience for students as they learn essentials of stop motion animation using the engaging and expressive medium of clay. Students will gain experience learning methods of working collaboratively in supportive teams to create, design and produce stories shared in Claymation video that explore and illuminate the classroom theme.

Students will produce stop motion videos adn story boards. Working in teams of 3-5, students will produce one video per team and a group of videos for the classroom film festival which can be linked together or shown as separate videos.

Past programs include: animations of the lives of microbes both real and imagined (microbiology); animation of student inventions using simple machines (simple machines at work); and animation of significant ideas in a novel.

Programs culminate in a classroom film festival of student work, giving students the opportunity to answer questions, share their projects, and celebrate their hard work.

Students will learn:

  • Basic animation skills and terminology through the Stop Motion Studio app; how to create special effects using Claymation techniques
  • How to plan and plot the arc of an animated story while making a story board of a video
  • Basic clay shaping techniques and color mixing
  • How to apply constructive critique following Liz Lerman’s critical response technique
  • How to apply classroom themes to the art of animation and expressing ideas across different media
  • Inclusion and job sharing by working collaboratively in animation teams

Grade levels: high school (9-12), middle school (5-8), elementary school (k-5)

Residency: Infinite Theater

Students collaborate to use theater, story making, and visual arts to devise an informal performance which integrates the classroom theme. Students create characters as well as simple costumes, props and backdrops which may represent historical figures or events, science concepts, organisms, objects being studied, or characters from stories being read. The performance may be presented as a short play, talk show with interviews, variety show extravaganza with content driven by classroom themes combined with student creativity; hence the project title, Infinite Theater.

Students will learn:

  • Confidence in presentation, public speaking and reading aloud
  • How to use divergent thinking to transform learned class content into theater form
  • How to create props and backdrops; basic sewing skills for costume production
  • Story mapping and language skills as they develop the flow of their performance
  • Supporting others to create an atmosphere that allows ease of performance and community building
  • Goal setting, design and delivery of content

Students will produce content for a theatrical presentation for their peers or audience of choice. Content will be based on classroom themes, and based on time and goal of classroom teacher, may include simple costumes, backdrop and props.

Grade levels: high school (9-12), middle school (5-8), elementary (k-5)