Teachers attended the Integrated Learning Summer Institute at Chabot Space and Science Center over the summer, and many of them created their own short films with the help of education specialists from KQED and SFMOMA. Here’s what Joel Wanek of KQED Arts had to say about it:

“The goal of the workshop was to acclimate educators and artists to multimedia editing and to encourage the creation of multimedia pieces the classroom. We teamed up with Calcagno Cullen in SFMOMA’s Education Department to present the workshop. On the first day, she set the conceptual groundwork for the course by introducing a handful of artists that employ symbolism in a variety of ways. We looked at the work of Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Louise Bourgeoise, William Kentridge and Jay DeFeo. Days two and three were production-centered, filled with shooting, editing and writing. Each participant created a one-to-two-minute video piece with narration. They were asked to create various shots exploring movement (objects moving through the frame, the camera moving through a space, etc.), which were then used as the impetus for some creative writing. The writing was pared down, recorded, and finally combined with the video. Check them out!”

To learn how to create your own film in iMovie, check out KQED’s iMovie Educast.


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

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