SchoolArts Magazine

October 2015

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tures where their hands were show- ing. They previewed their work and increased the speed so that their ani- mals looked as if they were moving. Students uploaded their finished animations to our online file-sharing site, then renamed them with their full names and homeroom numbers to make grading easy. I downloaded their work to my phone and edited it all together to create a short anima- tion of my class's interstellar travels. Each student's animation ranged in time from three to ten seconds long, so collectively, our journey through space took two and a half minutes. Filming was completed in a single class period. Once the filming was finished, students permanently glued their characters in place and exhibited their work in the school lobby. Lap- tops were set up to display the videos to passersby. Rachel Wintemberg is an art teacher at William C. McGinnis Middle School in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and the author of the blog The Helpful Art Teacher. Rachelhw1966 @ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K watch?v=XWXnr9hqtyw SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31 B aving students create imaginar animals, th enjo ed both engaging in pla and creating beautiful art.

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