Today, children at Herman Park got to create short stop motion movies using iStopMotion on iPads. This three hour workshop is a compressed version of our week long Media Arts camps, shortened to just the stop motion portion of the camp. The movies created were entirely experimental, giving the students the learning experience without the pressure of creating a polished, edited film. Some of the stars of their movies included play doh, action figures, and their friends. They had the choice of drawing a background on paper or using nature as their backdrop. They were determined to fight the wind and had a blast. Thank you to Christian and the LAND Studio for arranging the event for us! If you want to learn how to make a stop motion video this Saturday stop by Fairview Park where PAA will be running another workshop using iStopMotion. See you there!
I was lucky enough to be able to assist PAA member Ainsley Buckner in running the graffiti and screen printing section of the Hip Hop Camp at MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.
On the first day, we showed the students examples of graffiti from all over the United States, explaining the culture of graffiti as well as the artists’ process. Each student picked a tag name and illustrated them using markers and colored pencils, inspired by classic graffiti structures and style. The second day was devoted to exploring the artwork of artist and nun Corita Kent, who’s screen prints are currently on display at MoCA. After viewing and discussing the work, the students chose a letter from their illustrated tag name and designed a multi- layered screen print similar to Ms. Kent’s multiple alphabet series.
The screen printing process was extremely hectic, but very rewarding for the students and instructors alike! It was amazing to see their understanding of Ms. Kent’s work reiterated and transformed within their own screen prints, allowing their own identities to be expressed through their prints and graffiti names.