Thursday, April 07, 2016

Marc Chagall Video

This is one of the requested videos from my presentation in Chicago. Enjoy.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sample Stop-Motion Animation Unit Plan

Stop Motion Animation UNIT LESSON PLAN
TEACHER: S. Wieringa
TIME: 48 minute class periods
DATE: ½ Weeks

Stop Motion Animation

New York State Visual Art Standards: 1 and 2

National Visual Art Standards: 
Creating: 1, 2, 3
Presenting/Producing: 5, 6
Responding: 9

Common Core Writing Standards: 
W3—Write narratives or real or imagined experiences
W4—Produce clear and coherent writing
W5—Plan, revise, rewrite, and edit writing
W6—Use technology to produce and publish writing


SWBAT: create a narrative using a series of still images (photographs)

SWBAT: imply the direction and speed of movement by taking still photographs of objects after moving them a little or a lot

SWBAT: create a coherent sequence of actions by placing images in order in video-editing software

• Point and Shoot cameras, DSLR cameras, or cell phone cameras (one for each person if doing individual student videos, or one for each group if collaborative work is happening)
• Tri-pods/stands/selfie-sticks (one for each group/camera/phone)
• Various art supplies for setting/background (large paper, cardboard, fabric, posters, photos etc.)
• Toys, inanimate objects, stuffed animals, action figures, etc. for characters in the narrative
• Computers with video editing software (Windows Moviemaker, iMovie, WeVideo, Adobe Premiere or the like)
Day 1: Introduction to Narrative and storytelling: Class discussion and teacher directed notes about the elements of narratives: Setting, characters, hook, plot, rising action, climax, resolution. Watching a couple of animated shorts on YouTube to see the storytelling elements in action—quick class discussion after each.
Day 2: Introduction to techniques: Watching “How-To” videos about creating various kinds of stop-motion animation. Teacher directed instruction about options of materialsand supplies to use for setting, characters, props.
Day 3: Planning day: This is the day to divide students into groups if the videos are going to be collaborative. Student brainstorming, mind-mapping, sketching around themes, images, sequence, and characters involved in the story/action. Write narrative. Exit Ticket: Group proposal with choices they have made for video and outline.
Day 4: Homework due (optional see below) Planning/Set Up: Students will finish planning the story and sequences. Students will set-up or create a backdrop or setting for their scenes. Students can start taking photographs if they are ready. 
Day 5: Work dayStudents will begin class by setting up their scene and their cameras on their tripod. Students will take a photograph move their character, take another photograph, and keep going until there are a sequence of photographs that imply linear/chronological movement. 
Day 6: Progress sharing around the circleStudent groups will share their themes, story arcs, and progress so far. Class mates will ask clarifying questions and give feedback in terms of strengths and challenges—With any extra time in class student groups can continue taking photos
Day 7: Work day: Students will begin class by setting up their scene and their cameras on their tripod. Students will take a photograph move their character, take another photograph, and keep going until there are a sequence of photographs that imply linear/chronological movement.
Day 8: Revising, and Editing: Students will upload their photos to the computer and put them in the correct sequence in the video editing program. Students will then adjust the timing of the clips to be less than a second in order to create the movement (some clips can be a bit longer than others to create necessary pauses for the eye.)
Day 9: Revising, Editing and Adding finishing touches: Students will finish editing, add music* if needed, and add titles and credits. (*Music that has a Creative Commons—No Derivatives license or music in the Public Domain are the only songs that are legal to add to videos) 
Day 10: Peer Group Feedback and Final Editing: Groups will pair up and show their videos to each other as is. The peer group will give suggestions for fixes and finishing as professionally as possible. Groups will go back to their own videos to fix anything and finish them off. Students will fill out self-assessment for their video (craftsmanship, creativity, theme, story-telling characteristics)
Day 11-Day13: (How many days this takes depends on how many students there are in class, how many videos there are to share, and how long the videos end up being.) Viewing: Make some popcorn (if you are allowed at your school) and have a Short Stop-Motion Animation Film Festival! (I like to have the students’ self-assessments in front of me while I watch the videos to help me grade them.)
Student proposals (Day 3)
Round-table sharing of progress (Day 6)

Student self-assessment (craftsmanship, creativity, theme, story-telling characteristics) (Day 10)
Teacher assessment (Days 11-13)
Students can bring in any objects they want to use for their characters (toys, inanimate objects, stuffed animals, action figures, etc.)


    _X_ Public Performance (Sharing progress along the way and giving peers feedback)

    _X_ Self Study (self-assessment)

    _X_ Other Study (step-by-step how to make a stop-motion animation video)

    _X_ Community that Supports and Challenges (Feedback for peers)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Video as Artform; Video as Research Tool

I presented at the NAEA Convention in Chicago this year!

The purpose of this presentation is to share various animation and video-making techniques that serve to engage the secondary student in using video as an art form and using video to share research on arts related topics. I will share ideas about designing lessons and curricula, and I will also present student videos to show how students have been engaged in the process. Tools used to create movies with students can be as simple as cell phone pictures and videos, and Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, or as complex as HD video cameras, digital SLR cameras, and Final Cut Pro depending on school resources and technology.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking...

Lately I've been thinking about working alongside students more and planning for them and grading less. I want to inspire and be inspired. I think that the start of the new semester on Tuesday will set me up for that. How will I begin to inspire students to be creative when they don't know how to be so, and work when they don't know what to do next?

I can't stop thinking about listening to Phil Hansen speak at the NAEA Convention in 2014 (I think.)

Here's an article about creativity within constraints
Phil Hansen's Ted Talk
Phil Hansen's Goodbye Art Academy
Phil Hansen's artwork

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Basket Weaving: Upcycle Saucer Basket

This is the first time I have ever made a basket. I taught myself from Blick's lesson plan and the related video.

 It was such a therapeutic process. Over, under, over under, over, under, over, under...If you are stressed I highly suggest doing a bit of weaving.

I couldn't figure out how to sew the lip of the basket, so I put the waxed thread around it and put wood glue all around the top. That baby is not coming apart.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pop Sculpture

Here's a sculpture I made a couple of years ago with my students.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Issues In Art

I want my students to know art can make a difference:
Here are some links to help teach this:
  1. Rebecca Roberts: Their Work Not Mine--NAEA Convention Session 2012
  2. Project Unbreakable Home Site and Tumblr
  3. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Takes Her Public Art Project to Georgia--New York Times Article
Please add to the comments if you find/know of anything else.

Friday, March 28, 2014

NAEA San Diego Pre-Conference Workshop

   See the presenters' website:

Big theme ideas:

My notes and work from the day:

Mind Map:

Drawing from mind map. 

This is a symbology prompt drawing activity where you or students rank a circle, a square, a triangle, a cross, and a spiral as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Then you create a design showing your preference. 

This was free writing about one of the big ideas with a water soluable writing implement. Then re-emphasizing certain words as shown on their slides above. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

iPad App Drawing

I found some fun art-making apps for the iPad the other day, so I thought I would share.

This drawing was made on Paper.

Friday, June 28, 2013

School Art

Students had to be influenced by an artist from history to create a portrait. I did the assignment with them. Extra credit to anyone who can tell me the artist that this was based on.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Justin's Insides

I am drawing a picture of a student in the style of M.C. Escher's bust which looks like a ribbon floating in the sky. I have finished his insides, and will post the rest when I'm finished.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Where Have I been?

Why I haven't been posting:

1) I had a baby
2) I had a baby
3) Blogger has partnered with Picasa, or whatever it is called, and has capped the amount of photos one can upload to the blog. Since I have two photo blogs and two art blogs I have reached my limit as SLW.

I will now be posting as St.Wieringa. Enjoy.