Sunday, March 21, 2021

MS Art&Tech Student videos

Movie Poster and Trailer project

Concept: Learn Graphic Design using PhotoScape X (Photoshop), Learn video making and editing using iMovie, 
Prompt: You are a writer/director/editor with a vision.
Assignment: You will create a movie poster and a trailer for your film.  

You will be composing a movie poster with images and text using PhotoScape X.
Please create a proposal and answer the following questions in a DOC and submit.
1. What language (text) will be in your movie poster? (it can be multilingual)
2. What is the film's genre? (sci fi, mystery, comedy, drama, etc.)
3. What will be your attention-getting/eye-catching image?
4. Who is your intended audience?
5. How will you be using text and images together?
6. What will your color scheme be?
7. What is the film's company? You may borrow a company's logo (MGM, Sony, Lucasfilms, etc) and ratings images (rated PG) OR you can create your own.
8. Who are your actors, directors, producers? (the people can be real or made-up)

You many NOT:
1. Create a poster for a film that already exists
2. Use images that you didn't create (other than a company's logo & ratings)

Trailer for Movie Poster project

Link to short film trailers.
1. Pick and watch 12-15
2. Make a list of your top 3 that relate to your vision for an ideal film trailer.
3. Write a sentence for each of the top three of what appealed to you about it.

Must Haves (Rubric) for project.
Selected student projects. 

 Jinyeong K. movie poster 
Millie M. movie poster 
Emilio V. movie poster 
Kate T. movie poster 
Dora G. movie poster 
Sami D. movie poster 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Paper Stop Motion Music Video Middle School

Paper Stop Motion Music Video

Concept: Linking sound with image and movement 
Prompt: A band has approached you and wants you to create a video for their song.  
Assignment: Choose a song and create a short paper stop motion music video with you vision of how the song should be visually defined.   
Selected student projects: 

Ryan A. music video

Matthew R. music video

Dina D. music video

Marium D. music video
Jinyeong K.
music video

Millie L. music video

Monday, March 1, 2021

Newspaper Portraits Middle School painting

 It has been eight years since I last did this project and this will be the first time with my middle school students. The results are looking good so far.



Thursday, February 11, 2021

Yourself as a toy - Mix Media

Part One: The Vision

Have you ever wondered what you would look like as a Lego, Playmobil, Barbie, Shopkins, OMG, LOL, GI Joe, Manga, etc. Toy figure?

Draw yourself as a toy 


Part Two: The Package. 

What does your packaging look like?

Design your package idea


Part Three: The AD. 

Once you have completed your figure and package, you will be combining them to create an ad that will include text and color.
The watercolor paper in from your folder (its the thickest paper and medium sized)
A pencil
Color pencils
Uniball pen

Font Ideas:


Student Outcomes:


Sunday, February 7, 2021

2 Point Perspective and Street Art

Part 1: Street Art Discussion 

In continuing with our discussion on street art, we are going to watch part of the film: Exit Through The Gift Shop:

While there are a handful of street art films out there, this one captures some of the most famous ones from the early 2000s (Banksy, Shepard Fairy, Space Invader, etc. ) who helped bring it to the mainstream.

We will watch the first 45 minutes of the film and answer five questions afterward and post in a Google doc.

Questions (answer in complete sentences.)

1: The person filming the actions of the street artist captures the evidence of illegal activity (vandalizing, trespassing); should this evidence be allowed in a court of law?

2. Last class, I asked if you consider street art was vandalism. Has watching this film changed your opinion?

3. During this film, Banksy commits sensational happenings (pranks, performances). Would you consider these works of art? Why or why not? Defend your answer.

4. I'm going to assume that most street artists aren't making any money from their work; what do you think compels them to invest the time and money to make the art?

5. What part of the film stuck out the most for you? Why?


Part 2: 2-Point Perspective Drawing 


So the good news is, you get to create your own buildings! So the street art you will be making on that building will be completely 100% legal.

Project: Create a draft of a 2-point perspective building that you will eventually add street art.

Supplies: Pencil, eraser, ruler (or something to make a straight like a book), and A4 paper.


1. Create a building using the 2 point perspective method. Go here for step-by-step instruction.


It might be easier to follow along with the video.

2. Only create three buildings. one in the front, one in the back left, and one back right. The first building should be overlapping. Watch the video I've attached.

3. Add details like a sidewalk, windows, doors, street, trees, etc.

4. Take a photo and upload it to Classroom.

5. Think of your street art ideas and concepts that will cover the building(s).

Additional links to work by my former students.




Selected Student Outcomes:




Saturday, January 9, 2021

Experimental Videos

Objective: Create an experimental video borrowing selected elements that you were exposed to from our Introduction to Experimental Cinema/Film Making assignment. Experimental Video definition: is a mode of filmmaking that rigorously re-evaluates cinematic conventions and explores non-narrative forms and alternatives to traditional narratives or methods of working. -Wikipedia Focus: In Maya Deren’s Film Philosophy video you watched, THREE philosophies to film making were mentioned: AMATEURISM, AN INTERESTS IN THE BODY, and MANIPULATION OF REALITY, you had chosen one and wrote about why it appealed to you. This should be part of your focus. Tools: iMovie (or equivalent), device to capture video (camera phone, camera), new video and old videos you’ve taken (optional). No photographs per our classroom meetings. Needs to be 100% video. Remember this is an experimental video and the learning objective are to experiment and become familiar with filters, techniques, styles, sounds, editing techniques, layers, and other mechanisms of making a video. Your video doesn’t have to be logical or make sense. Per our conversations and examples sent. The idea was to focus on the visual and less on the narrative. Guidelines: 1. You will create an experimental video. 2. Length of video: 60-90 seconds. 3. Must include: sound (if you use a song, it must be distorted, manipulated, slowed down, sped up – somehow changed during the song). You can also use a variety of sounds files, and partial silence is also an option 4. Must include: slow motion, fast motion, regular speed, 5. Must use color filters. 6. Must include at least one reverse sequence and repetitive scene. 7. Must include an opening title and ending credits. Cite any music used. 8. Optional: include any other filters, including blackouts. Here are links to my former grade 7 and 8 experimental videos and one editing video: MUST WATCH: Editing ides: The Run: 8 Malak:Dania:

Student Outcomes