Term 2 Arts
This term within the Arts we have been looking at Media Arts as a focus and how this can be incorporated with traditional arts mediums, to enhance the meaning that a created artwork is intending to communicate. This can be done in a variety of ways, from using movie making programs to add sound effects, music and narration over moving images, to using technology to create a piece of artwork that is interactive and enables creative input from the audience.
The end of Term 1 saw students within the Arts gaining exposure and experimenting with animation software and applications available on the iPad’s. Students were able to create their own cartoon characters based on their own ideas using this software to bring their characters to life.
Lower Primary Students have had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different Media Arts applications that can be used to enhance the way we view and respond to and communicate with Art. One application was ‘Quiver’, an Augmented Reality app that turned two-dimensional illustrations into living characters. We also have been looking at photo manipulation software and programs such as ‘Toontastic’, a creative storytelling app designed to empower kids to draw, animate, narrate, and record their own cartoons.
The Year 3/4 students have been working towards creating a digital storybook, based on a simple story or idea that they have written within small groups. We have been following a process that will enable a created written narrative to be developed into a moving image story that can be viewed by their peers. This will be achieved by allowing students to explore narrative structure, developing storyboards and illustrations that visually convey the content of their stories, before using movie-editing software to compile these images with the addition of sound effects, voice and music.
The Upper Primary students have been taking this task a step further, by working collaboratively to create a digital storybook that conveys a meaning/idea suitable for a younger target audience. Considering the target audience you are trying to communicate with within the Arts is imperative, as it changes how the Art Media is interpreted and responded to. By focusing on a younger audience, students have had to think about the language, sound, visual imagery and story content, to insure that their message is being represented effectively when viewed by children within this age range.
I’m excited to see how students will use Media Arts to create and enhance artwork of their own.
Stephen Di Girolamo, The Arts Teacher