Media Arts Program (Grade 8)

Our 8th grade arts program has undergone a transformation and made an exciting pivot into the world of Media Arts! So what is Media Arts? Media Arts is defined as art forms that use electronic media, such as digital photography, animation, and video, to tell stories and make artistic statements. The purpose of the Media Arts program is twofold. First and foremost, the program is meant to expose students to a wide range of digital art mediums and to teach students how to use these mediums to tell stories about the topics that interest them. Secondly, the program is designed to give the 8th graders foundational skills in photography and video that will help them be better prepared for producing their 8th grade documentaries in the spring. Below are brief synopses of some of our Media Arts projects:  

  • MEMES: They make you laugh out loud and provide countless hours of entertainment, but did you know that the term “meme” was actually coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in 1976? Students learn about how memes fit into the greater history of popular cultural production while creating their own memes.  
  • Tableaux Vivants: The term “tableaux vivant” means “living picture” in French, and the practice dates back to the late 19th century. Tableaux Vivants are essentially carefully orchestrated still images where people pose to dramatically depict scenes from stories, artworks, pictures, etc. For this project, students work in teams and use their bodies to depict dramatic scenes while simultaneously learning basic photography skills such as framing and lighting their subjects. See this year's 8th grade Tableaux Vivant projects in the photo album below!
  • Stop Motion Animations: From brainstorming to storyboarding, stop motion animation is a great way to tell stories using all kinds of wild and inventive materials! Students produce 1-minute videos using visual metaphors to describe one challenge they have overcome or are learning to overcome in life.