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Programs - New Media

It’s My Story

Classes for young adults with disabilities ages 16-22. Learn how to tell your story through digital media!

Spring and Summer 2017
FEE: $35 per class
Each class will be held at VSA Texas Room 101, 3710 Cedar St, Austin, TX 78705

Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 from 1-4 pm
Introduction to Digital Storytelling

In this class, students will be introduced to concepts of digital storytelling and receive an overview of different programs available for creating digital stories, including Voki, WordFoto, and ImageChef. Through the course, each student will create a 2-5 minute digital story.

Spring Break Week: M-Th, March 13-16 from 10 am – 2 pm
Video Storytelling

In this course, students will script, storyboard, and create a 2-5 minute video as their digital story.

Saturdays, May 13, 20, 27 from 1-4 pm
Storytelling through Stop Motion Animation

In this class, students will learn the basics of the classic animation style of stop motion animation and create 2-5 minute digital stories.

Summer: M-Th, June 19-22 from 10 am – 2 pm
Introduction to Digital Storytelling

This is a repeat of the first It’s My Story class. See above for more info.

Summer: M-Th, June 26-29 from 10 am – 2 pm
Digital Storytelling with iMovie

In this class, each student will create a 2-5 minute digital story using iMovie. Through the process, they will each write and revise a written story, develop performance skills for a quality reading, utilize personal and/or found images, and learn basics in video editing and audio recording.

Register Now! Space is limited. Contact Lynn Johnson or call 512-454-9912 for more information.

This VSA program is provided in 2016-2017 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Download the It's My Story Flyer
Download the It's My Story Registration Form
Download the It's My Story Health and Media Release Form

About VSA Texas New Media Program

The New Media Arts curriculum offers a variety of classes and events designed to support young adults with disabilities in their transition from school to work, social culture and their community. New Media Arts is the blending of traditional art disciplines and new media to create engaging pathways to enhanced learning and understanding. This curriculum has been tested in several environments and is meant to offer a variety of lessons and activities to engage young people in academic learning. The lessons can be adapted or revised to reflect the discipline of the traditional artist on the artist team. It is more successful when there is a team of a digital artist skilled in photography and video editing, and a traditional artist, either visual art or performance. Some lessons are intended to be taught by visiting artists.

VSA Texas has worked for the past 5 years with a diverse group of young adults ages 15 and up to design, develop and pilot our New Media Arts curriculum. The transitioning youth came from We Are Learning, Austin ISD’s Go! Project, and AISD Crockett High School’s Life Skills classes. This effort was led by Carol Stensrud, Ed.D, CTRS with assistance from the following, in no specific order: Lucia Ornelas, Alicia Maher, Hannah Lamb-Vines, Dona Davis, Richard Melnick, Carol Gilson, Abby Hahn, Meganthrie Pillay, Jane Comer and Lynn Johnson. Thank you everyone for your dedication to this project!

We ask that you use the materials as you see fit, and that you credit VSA Texas on any materials that you may distribute.

Administration, Teacher and Family Feedback
Family: All she talks about is this class! She is so thrilled and excited, every day. What you do is wonderful and we cannot thank you enough!

Parent of Peer Mentor: He is so motivated! Up early and eager to get going every class day! This job has been so challenging and motivational for him.

Grand parent: You guys have done wonders with my grand daughter, she just talks and talks about the class and activities.

Teacher: They have learned and benefited soooooooo much and so have we!

Email Celia Hughes or call 1-866-489-8412 with any comments or questions.

Texas New Media Arts Curriculum New Media Arts Handouts

NMA Lesson 1
Intro Photography

NMA Lesson 2
Photography Class

NMA Lesson 3
Famous Photographs

NMA Lesson 4
Editing Photos

NMA Lesson 6
Editing to Antique

NMA Lesson 8
Establishing Shots

NMA Lesson 9
Edit and Naming Photos

NMA Lesson 20
Movie Genres

NMA Lesson 21
Camera Shots

NMA Lesson
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