Lead Teaching Artist at Venice Arts: Media-Based Art Center

I taught an Art Discovery class to children 8-9 years old at Venice Arts, a nonprofit media-based education center. The class is designed with an emphasis on creativity, development of motor skills, knowledge in visual arts, and helps prepare them for Venice Arts’ program in media-based art making. Venice Arts serves mainly youths living in underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multimedia. Students are introduced to artist works, folk tales, and short films such as The Lonely Goatherd - The Sound of Music, Russian folk tale Fox and Rabbit (1973) by Yuri Norstein, and Japanese folktale The Stonecutter (1960).

It is a project-based curriculum that leads to a completed stop motion film. Lessons include building theatre scenes, making puppets, drawing fantastical creatures inspired by the Alebrijes, Mexican brightly colored sculpture, sculpting clay animals, exploring face/portraits, and animating stop motion films.

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