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# Asset Title
1 Lesson Plan Lumiere Reel
This lesson demonstrates how to create a Lumiere reel and introduces students to different types of lenses and shots.
2 Lesson Plan Writing for Comics Exercise
This lesson explores writing for the limited format of one comic page, using condensed story writing with short but impactful content.
3 Lesson Plan Character Discovery (Comics)
This lesson explores shapes and how artists apply them to construct the figure.
4 Lesson Plan Storyboarding a Story Plot for Comics
This lesson explores the importance of condensed writing and writing a full script for a limited, one-page comic story.
5 Lesson Plan Comic Page Panel Construction
This lesson focuses on the importance of condensed storyboard formatting for a limited one page comic story.
6 Lesson Plan Inking the comic page
This lesson teaches about detail, texture and varied (thickness) of line to create depth of perception. Exercise inking varied penciled characters/drawings to get a feel for the pens and the various sizes.
7 Lesson Plan Applying Digital Color Using Adobe PhotoShop
This lesson teaches PhotoShop coloring techniques to apply digital color to Comics.
8 Lesson Plan Applying Digital Letter and Word Balloons (Comics)
This lesson teaches students how to create and compose word balloons in the “fixed” space that is a comic panel.
9 Lesson Plan What's Inside of You?
This lesson helps students develop a sense of self-perception and imagination through drawing what is inside them, either literally or figuratively.
10 Lesson Plan Tie-Dyed Films
This lesson allows students to express their creativity through dying film.
11 Lesson Plan Toilet Paper Icebreaker
This lesson is an icebreaker activity that allows students to get to know their classmates better.
12 Lesson Plan Recap of Collage Exploration
In this lesson Students are given the opportunity to reflect on the previous collage activities they have completed (Recycled Materials Robot, etc.) and learn to recreate their own robots in another collage.
13 Lesson Plan Cutout Animation
This lesson demonstrates how to use the cutout animation technique. Students are asked to create cutout animation using collage materials and to tell a story.
14 Lesson Plan Flipbooks/Animation Basics
This lesson demonstrates the basics of animation through the creation of flipbooks, both handmade and electronic.
15 Lesson Plan Group Documentary Project
In this lesson, Students work in groups to create a short documentary. Each student in the group is given the opportunity to work on a different aspect of the filmmaking process.
16 Lesson Plan Catch the Moment (Shutter Speed) (2)
This lesson demonstrates the advantage of using different shutter speeds. Students are asked to shoot various types of photos.
17 Lesson Plan Media Literacy PT. II Examples of Media literacy concepts in past Venice Arts student projects
Educators can use this resource to seek examples of student rendered projects that have successfully achieved Media Literacy Concepts.
18 Library Media Title, Lee Friedlander, Year
Excellent for a teaching slide set looking at light and shadow.
19 Library Media Making The Not Quite White Apartment on Irolo: A Conversation with Deanna & Jeanette
A video conversation with lead instructor Deanna and youth artist Jeanette about the process of creating a photo book. Specifically, they discuss the relationship between student and mentor.
20 Teaching Activity Writing Prompt: The House On Mango Street
In this activity, students use this creative writing prompt to write a short story or poem using House On Mango Street as inspiration.
21 Teaching Activity Writing Prompt: My Name
This activity supports a series of lessons of exploring the notion of "self" and "place" photographically using a selection from a novel, starting with an excerpt that examines "naming" and moving on to descriptive language on sense of home or place.
22 Teaching Activity Photo Hunt - Emphasis on Street Photography
This activity is based on the familiar Treasure Hunt game that children play, this activity sets specific parameters for shooting, including lens focal length and what to shoot, while still leaving room for creativity.
23 Teaching Activity Photographic Assignment - Navigating Your Neighborhood!
This activity builds observational skills and sensorial awareness, while shooting in a familiar area.
24 Teaching Activity Writing Prompt: Describe a family photograph
This activity uses memory, sensory perceptions, and imagination. It can be used to discuss what people project in to an image and why people may respond to an image differently.
25 Teaching Activity Character Discovery
This activity explores shapes and how artists apply them to construct the figure.
26 Teaching Activity Humanitarian Research (Or Any Central Researched Theme)
This activity emphasizes the importance of research and accurately representing factual information.
27 Teaching Activity 25 Vantage-Point Portraits
This activity provides a hands-on exploration of point-of-view or vantage point when shooting. It is also a good exercise to use when exploring portraiture and in stimulating students' ability to see differently.
28 Teaching Activity Collage
This hands-on activity is great for engaging youth in their own, unedited creative process, while teaching them about composition, visual narrative, deriving meaning from work, expressing creative intent, and more.
29 Teaching Activity Compositing Exercise
This activity demonstrates how to create composite images using PhotoShop. It also introduces students to the notion of constructing images in photography from their imagination.
30 Teaching Activity Motion Studies
This activity demonstrates how to take photos using long and short exposure times and introduces various types of motion photography.
31 Teaching Activity Photo Drawing Exercise
This activity is designed to develop a greater sense of composition.
32 Teaching Activity Photo Hunt
This activity focuses on capturing the energy of a place or situation. It allows students to practice taking a wide variety of photos and develop their observation skills.
33 Teaching Activity Self-Portraits
This activity encourages students to create various types of self portraits. It allows students to strengthen their storytelling skills and creativity.
34 Teaching Activity Favorites
This activity allows students to develop their storytelling abilities through the use of visual images.
35 Teaching Activity What is Art?
This activity allows students to develop a greater sense of creative expression through observing various types of artwork (e.g. cake designs) and executing their own designs from what they observe.
36 Teaching Activity Architecture
This activity allows students to develop perspective and aesthetic reasoning through the use of drawing and working with clay.
37 Teaching Activity Mosaic Masks
This activity provides students with a background on mosaic technique and allows them to create their own mosaic masks.
38 Teaching Activity Intro Camera-Less Animation
This activity allows students to create layered meaning in a piece of work through the discussion of other artists' work. Students are introduced to the concepts through drawing, scratching, or painting on film.
39 Teaching Activity Getting to Know You through Writing
This activity allows students to develop their writing skills through communication without speaking. It also allows students to learn more about their peers through writing.
40 Teaching Activity Pitch Your Film
This activity prepares students for a possible class project and allows students to practice idea development and using their imagination.
41 Teaching Activity Texture Collage
This activity introduces students to the idea of texture in paper and allows them to create their own collage.
42 Teaching Activity Mini-Me (Body Outline Sketches)
This activity allows students to develop a sense of self and to express their feelings and thoughts through self portraits.
43 Teaching Activity Ocean Habitats
This activity introduces the idea of recycling as art. Students are asked to create an ocean habitat using scrap-recycled materials.
44 Teaching Activity Recycled Materials Robot
This activity allows students to use their imagination in creating their own robot. It teaches students about various textures and materials and how they can be used in art.
45 Teaching Activity Torn Paper Collage
This activity allows students to use torn paper to create their visions of anything.
46 Teaching Activity Robot Re-creation
This activity allows students to look back on the previous exercise the completed, Recycled Materials Robot, and express what they learned. Students use their imagination to develop a story about the robot they have created.
47 Teaching Activity Favorite Scene Remake
This activity allows students to look at their favorite scenes from a movie or TV show and allows them to recreate the scene. Students develop their ideas using storyboards and execute their plans through making a short.
48 Teaching Activity Photobooth Animation
This activity teaches students various types of animation and allows them to create their own animations using themselves or other objects.
49 Teaching Activity Pixilation
This activity allows students to create pixilation projects in groups.
50 Teaching Activity Clay Animation
This activity allows students to create Clay Animation using iStopMotion or FrameThief.
51 Teaching Activity Person, Place, and Thing Freewrite
This activity allows students to write creative stories using limited information as the basis of the story.
52 Teaching Activity Freewrite/Powerpoint Storytelling
In this activity, Students are asked to tell stories both in writing and visually using a PowerPoint presentation.
53 Teaching Activity Intro to Interviewing
This activity introduces students to interviewing strategies using a Flip Camera. In addition, students learn to use different shots while filming.
54 Teaching Activity My Muybridge (3)
This activity allows students to use a fast shutter speed to create sequences of objects/people in motion.
55 Teaching Activity Looking Closer - Exploring Aperture through Macro Photography
In this activity, Students learn to understand how to achieve various depths of field and using meter to balance exposure on manual mode.
56 Teaching Activity Give Me the Light (Shooting a Subject Outdoors Using Controlled Lighting)
This activity demonstrates how to control lighting with bounce cards or reflectors and how to recognize different types of lighting.
57 Teaching Activity Shooting ABC's (Looking Closer at the Forms around Us)
This activity allows students to take a closer look at the forms and shapes in the world and photograph different objects that look like the letters of the alphabet.
58 Teaching Activity Graffiti Artist (Intro to Layers in Photoshop)
This activity demonstrates how to combine text and image in Photoshop using layers.
59 Teaching Activity About Me (Continuation of Photoshop Tutorial)
This activity teaches students how to combine text and image in Photoshop using layers.
60 Teaching Activity "Art in the Street" (Finding Relationships Between Text and Image)
This activity demonstrates the relationship between image and text.
61 Teaching Activity What I've Always Wanted To Know About You
This activity is a good team building/ice breaker exercise when you have a large group and not a lot of time. While it does not directly teach or reinforce knowledge or skills related to art making—there are many activities on this site that do that—it is a great, active way to engage people and is fun to do.
62 Teaching Activity Creating a Sensory Portrait: An Observation Exercise
This exercise accomplishes two things: it is a great warm-up exercise to introduce a group of people to one another in a fun and different way; and it helps students to understand how we use a range of sensory cues—primarily visual, but others, as well—to decode and understand a situation, person, or place.
63 Teaching Activity Origin of Cave Art Activity
Origin of art/cave art, creative thinking, observation, artistic analysis, practical painting techniques.
64 Teaching Activity Paper Puppets for Cut Paper Animation
Creating a stop-motion animation with cut-out paper.
65 Teaching Activity Hula Hoop Photography
Use a hula hoop to teach perspective.
66 Teaching Activity Collaged Portraits
Using photoshop, students collage close-up/detail photographs to create a portrait.
67 Teaching Activity Painting with Light
Use long exposures to create "light paintings".
68 Teaching Activity Figure Drawing for Comics
69 Teaching Activity Practicing Interviews
An exercise to prepare students for in-the-field interviewing.
70 Teaching Activity Story telling
This is a fun activity combining visual perception and imagination. It can be used to discuss what people project into an image and how people may respond to an image in different ways.
71 Teaching Activity Learning Cinematic Language
A shooting exercise to develop skills in narrative filmmaking
72 Teaching Activity One, Two, and Three-Point Perspective (For the Comic Artist in You)
The key concepts are setting your horizon line and what that means when making a vanishing point in one, two and three point perspective.
73 Teaching Activity Image & Text: Pictures Say A Thousand Words?
An exercise to show the impact of image and photographs.
74 Teaching Activity Dinner Table
An exercise in which students create a story about a dinner gone awry and photograph the scene
75 Teaching Activity Filming a Conversation
An exercise for students to learn about shot composition for a scene of dialogue
76 Teaching Activity Visual/Aural Scavenger Hunt for Documentary
77 Teaching Resource A brief introduction to image filetypes important to photographers
Understand the basic differences between image filetypes such as JPEG, RAW, PNG, and others.
78 Teaching Resource Understanding framerate
This is a description of framerate and how it can be utilized to manipulate film and video.
79 Teaching Resource Eugene talks about storytelling
This is a short video clip on artist-mentor, Eugene Ahn, talking about the central importance of storytelling in making documentary work.
80 Teaching Resource Make a still image from your movie project
This is a tutorial about how to export still images from Final Cut Pro.
81 Teaching Resource No-heat candlemaking technique
This explains how beeswax sheets can be used as an alternative to using heat in candlemaking.
82 Teaching Resource Converting&Compressing PowerPoint and KeyNote files for
Simple steps to convert PP and Keynote files to .mov for uploading to BeyondMyspace.
83 Teaching Resource Making a Negative Sandwich in the Darkroom
How to print two different negatives at the same time to create one image.
84 Teaching Resource Wet-on-wet watercolor painting
This is a tutorial on how to create wet-on-wet watercolor painting which is a useful method to study color and mood with little form.
85 Teaching Resource WYS web movie card builder for standard format 640x480 movies
This is a template to build the web movie card for movies shot in standard VGA video and are being prepared for web presentation as a 640 x 480 pixel movie.
86 Teaching Resource Basic tips for preparing web movies
Steps to resize and compress movies to prepare them for the web.
87 Teaching Resource Francesca: A Multimedia Self-Portrait
This is an example of a multimedia storytelling piece featuring photos and an audio interview of a teen photographer.
88 Teaching Resource Printing photos in the field with the Polaroid Pogo
Information on the benefits of the Polaroid Pogo and how to set up a camera to print directly to it.
89 Teaching Resource Cheat Sheet:
The California Visual & Performing Arts Standards

This provides an overview of the five, core Visual Art Standards and describes their relationship to Venice Arts' curriculum in easy-to-understand language.
90 Teaching Resource Visual & Performing Art Standards: State of California
Download the file, below, to access the complete handbook for the State of California's Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards for California Public Schools. You can find more information at the California Department of Education's website.

For Venice Arts Cheat Sheet on the Standards as they relate to our curriculum, please click here.
91 Teaching Resource Activity & Lesson Plan Summary Sheet
This is the template that Venice Arts' Teaching Artists should be using to capture details about great teaching activities, lesson plans, or resources. Once complete, they can be emailed to Venice Arts Media Assistant for entry into the website.
92 Teaching Resource ArtPartner Release of Liability [English]
This is the form (in English) that Venice Arts uses at its ArtPartner sites. Its content relates to Liability, Image Use (use of a student's image, likeness, or voice, as well as of their art), a student's use of the Venice Arts website, and related.
93 Teaching Resource Recording sound for film
Discussion on the various approaches to recording sound for a film project
94 Teaching Resource Help us test the Venice Arts online library
Here's a guide to what's in the library and how you can use it. Your feedback on these items is greatly appreciated.
95 Teaching Resource Why this guide?
We created this guide to illuminates the central differences between handing a child a camera, and investing in the creativity and critical thinking of the next generation of young image-makers and storytellers.
96 Teaching Resource Venice Arts Overview
Over the course of two decades, Venice Arts has evolved into a media-based art education, training, and presentation organization. Our mission is to ignite youths' imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality media-based education programs.
97 Teaching Resource How to Use This Guide
This resource reviews our educational model and outlines some of the key principles that guide our work. This resource also outlines our unique curriculum, for those interested in on-going, community-based art mentoring programs.
98 Teaching Resource Our Approach
We believe that there are a number of benefits to mentoring through the arts, particularly if you work with youth from families with limited economic resources, or who live in neighborhoods that have multiple challenges.
99 Teaching Resource The Learning Arc
In this learning resource, we lay out how we think of each cycle at our program as representing a learning arc, beginning with introductory knowledge and skill development and resulting in the editing of work for a final exhibit or screening.
100 Teaching Resource Overview of Structure and Staffing
In this resource, we go over staffing a mentoring program. In order to achieve our goal of at least one artist for every three youth, we engage professional artists as Volunteer artist-mentors.
101 Teaching Resource Using a Virtual Learning Environment
We encourage you to consider how to best integrate the web into your own programs, both to build technology skills, as well as to showcase student work.
102 Teaching Resource List of Sample Forms
This resource is a list of sample forms we offer that are available upon request.
103 Teaching Resource Venice Arts Curricular Guide
The Venice Arts Curricular Guide presents a model of linked mentoring and education. This is the downloadable print version of the online version available at Written by Lynn Warshafsky.
104 Teaching Resource Library Item Creation Guide
In this section, I will walk you through how to post a new item in the Venice Arts' library.
105 Teaching Resource Media LIteracy PT. I Music Videos
What is Media Literacy? Media Literacy stresses the importance of being an active viewer, one who questions industry norms and standards, deconstructs imagery, and decodes embedded messages in mainstream media content.
106 Teaching Resource Whats Going On... Now
A 10-Week Multimedia Curriculum Celebrating the Work of Marvin Gaye
107 Teaching Resource Documentary Project Evaluation Form
A simple survey to evaluate basic/beginning documentary and/or community storytelling projects.

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