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Programs - New Media

It’s My Story – Spring/Summer 2017

Classes for young adults with disabilities ages 16-22.
Learn how to tell your story through digital media!
Spring/Summer 2017
Cost: $35 per class
Each class will be held at the AGE Building, 3710 Cedar Street, Room 101, Austin, TX 78705

Spring Break Week: M-Th, March 13-16
10 am – 2 pm
"Say It! - Video Storytelling" w/ Dana Sayre
Say It! Tell a story about something you care about passionately. Students will script, storyboard and create a 2-3 minute video with teaching artist Dana Sayre.

Dana Sayre is working to become certified as a Registered Drama Therapist by the North American Drama Therapy Association and currently works for Creative Action, volunteers with Building Connections at the Hideout Theatre, and is a provisional member of Austin Playback Theatre.

Saturdays, May 13, 20, 27
1-4 pm
Storytelling through Stop Motion Animation w/ Johnny Villarreal

Learn the basics of the classic animation style of stop motion animation and create 2-5 minute digital stories.

Johnny Villarreal is a collaborator, visual artist, technologist, designer, and educator. His multimedia background combined with his vast community art education experience has enabled him to creatively empower people of various interest and abilities. Johnny is happiest when those around him are doing what they do best.

Summer Session 1: M-Th, June 19-22
10 am – 2 pm
Your 15 Minutes of Fame w/ Jeannine Chartier
Create you own digital story using a variety of computer animation and slide story programs. Write your story, pick out the actors and backdrops, and bring them to life!

Summer Session 2: M-Th, June 26-29
10 am – 2 pm
My Digital Life w/ Jeannine Chartier

Use digital cameras and computers with a variety of software programs to create your story. Through the process, you will write and revise a story, develop performance skills, utilize personal and/or found images, and learn basics in video editing and audio recording.

About Jeannine Chartier: a multi-media artist and educator with a disability resulting from childhood polio, Jeannine has 25+ years of teaching and currently teaches digital media skills and media literacy in Rhode Island. In 2013 she was awarded an education grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Give Me 5 RI Youth Film Festival.

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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