Movie-making at Beard Elementary: The green screen, plus stop-motion animation
Before you skip to the adorable videography below: 1st to 3rd graders at Beard Elementary in Norridge worked with teaching artists Jesse Avina (media arts) and Gwen Tulin (theater) on these multi-disciplinary projects this winter. For optimal enjoyment, a bit of explanation…
1. Jesse’s class video: “In this 4-week digital media residency we explored animal morphology and gestures. Each student was asked to decide on an animal and create two masks based on that creature. The bottom mask would consist of the animal’s mouth and nose (decorated with markers on a white bandana), while the top would be made from half a paper plate and include the eyes and ears (markers, yarn, and feathers were used on the top portion). Next, students created an artistic rendering of their chosen animal’s habitat with markers, colored pencils, and stickers and the teaching artist photographed the work. Lastly, students performed as their animal (clawing, jumping, stalking, pouncing) in front of a green screen and their habitats were used as background in the video pieces.”
Visual art + theater/performance + film and media:
Thanks to Jesse and Gwen for this fantastic documentation!