New Technology used in Arts Program

Students in the Elizabeth Lee Black School explored stop motion animation and other computer generated techniques as part of an Artist in Residence program.  Local artist Jude Shingle worked with more than sixty youngsters during the fall of 2012, using various technologies to tell their stories by creating animated videos and interactive electronic books.

The Artist in Residence Program, funded through ArtsErie and First Niagara, brings community artists together with students to develop artistic skills and expression. Audiences had the opportunity to see their progress as part of a festival of “digital wonders” was held for the community at the Barber Institute.

A painter and illustrator, Shingle found that the kinds of stories he wanted to tell through his art were best conveyed with movement.  He now works in various forms of animation and video, and wanted to share some of this technology with students.

To begin their projects, Jude introduced students to stop motion photography, taking repeated photos to suggest movement.  After photographing each other in front of a green screen, students then dropped in new backgrounds with far-away locations and exciting activities.

The students used their photos and videos to tell their own unique stories in different media.

Students used the technology that is available in the classrooms, including the iPads, web cams, an adapted camera and interactive TAP-it boards, to so that they could continue to build on their skills throughout the year.  The classes also used a variety of apps, including Garage Band, to make their project stand out.