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Performing Arts Institute for Educators June 2013

Arts | May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Performing Arts Institute for Educators June 2013

Join us this summer, June 10-12, for a dynamic professional development institute focused on performing arts integration in the classroom. Educators will spend three days at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts working directly with professional artists to learn new skills and ideas for incorporating music, dance and theater into their curricula while addressing Common Core state standards. They will also discover new media-rich resources KQED and PBS, including a new arts video series made specifically for a student audience.

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How to Make Narrated Slideshows for Arts Education (self-paced)

Arts | April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to Make Narrated Slideshows for Arts Education (self-paced)

Nearly every student who is in school today will enter the workforce needing skills in media production. From social media to YouTube videos, many industries will require a knowledge of how to leverage online platforms. In the arts classroom, media production is a dynamic way for students to gain these technical skills, while also practicing aesthetic valuing, design thinking, communication, and creative writing. All of these skills can be cultivated through the use of media-making projects. For this reason, student media-making projects are an excellent way to introduce these 21st century proficiencies.

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In the Studio with Kirsten Lepore

Arts | April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the Studio with Kirsten Lepore

Kirsten Lepore is an artist and filmmaker who works with different animation techniques, including stop-motion animation and claymation. Creating personal short films and animated segments for clients such as Yo Gabba Gabba, Whole Foods, and MTV, Lepore is known for her hand-fabricated film sets and characters made from an eclectic mix of materials including clay, food, sand and snow.

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Do Now #76: What’s Your Illustrated Story?

Arts | April 23, 2013 | 46 Comments

Do Now #76: What’s Your Illustrated Story?

Artists often use true stories to inspire their artwork. Which of your personal stories would you illustrate? What is a story from your life that would make a compelling series of illustrations? Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton creates her own “drawn journalism” by embedding herself in communities, talking to people, and drawing images based on their personal stories.

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Congressional Art Competition

Arts | April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Congressional Art Competition

This Friday, April 12, is the deadline for The Artistic Discovery Contest, an art competition initiated by Congressman Eric Swalwell that is open to all high school students in California’s 15th congressional district.

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In the Studio with Wendy MacNaughton

Arts | March 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

In the Studio with Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator from San Francisco who works on a variety of projects, including her “drawn journalism” publications, which she creates by spending a few weeks interacting with different communities. She draws people, interviews them, and listens to their stories, then compiles the information into a book.  One of her recent books is […]

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Meet the Alphabet Rockers!

Arts | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Meet the Alphabet Rockers!

We recently met a group of educators known as the Alphabet Rockers and started jamming to their YouTube videos, including this one called Shape Rap that helps young students learn their shapes, and encourages them to recognize common shapes in the real world. Each of the Alphabet Rockers videos is accompanied by multiple classroom activities […]

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Stop Motion Animation and Scientific Transformations

Arts | March 11, 2013 | 4 Comments

Stop Motion Animation and Scientific Transformations

A group of educators recently completed a KQED workshop, stop motion animation in the elementary classroom. Our focus was on creating stop motion animation films to demonstrate scientific concepts and transformations. While some teachers used animation to represent plant growth and weather patterns, others created videos for use in other subject areas, such as Spanish […]

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Do Now #66: What Have You Learned from YouTube?

Arts | February 28, 2013 | 64 Comments

Do Now #66: What Have You Learned from YouTube?

YouTube has plenty of videos of crazy cats and Harlem shakers, but it’s also a great place to learn new skills and information. What specific things have you learned from watching YouTube videos?

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Three Innovative Arts Education Resources

Arts | January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Three Innovative Arts Education Resources

Check out three of our favorite resources focused on visual arts in education: Red Studio is the Museum of Modern’s Arts interactive and collaborative project with high school students in New York City. Exploring “issues and questions raised by teens about today’s modern art, working artists, and what goes on behind the scenes at a […]

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