La Fresque Inachevée
An Ongoing Fresco
- " Quai
des Bulles ": comicstrip festival
only now appearing in the elementary classroom, teachers have yet
to integrate them within the general curriculum. About half the students
have access to a computer at home.
We see some classes
2 or 3 times over 2 years, we are amazed to see the new skills adopted
by students and teachers on their own, to find them ready with new
ideas, however challenging these might be for us. Friends join us
from Paris, or whever, if they have moved, provide a continuity in
We are fortunate
to be able to enlist the help of volunteer sutdents from a local technical
college (Institut Universitaire de Technologie), as well as of professionals
in the field (Centre Allende, Mediacap, France Telecom...) here and
Our present endeavour
separates the kids in 3 simultaneous 2-hour workshops, each catering
to 8 students.
- one group will
experiment with clay animation: they create their own characters,
then shoot these frame by frame using a blue background. They understand
that this will make it possible to use the same animated sequence
over a variety of back grounds, that the animations will be posted
on the net, that they are only producing a small part of a much greater
- another group
will experiment with a paint software. Availability in the classroom
(generally freeware) guides the choice. We consider more important
to make creative use of limited means than to expose the kids to sophisticated
software in a very limited time. We like to challenge their imagination.
These kids will create still images which can be used as backgrounds
by the first group. They will also create a series of images which
could create a fresco at infinitum if we slide them from right to
left in an endless slide show on the net. They can also thus create
the keyframes of a storyboard (if the elements have been devised beforehand).
A future project would see this storyboard on the Web, an invitation
to a collaborative chained animation.
- the third group
will create Web pages on line, using a model preset by a provider.
they will then graduate to setting up more ambitious pages to show
the works of other members of the group. They will scan images, and
learn a minimum about formats (this is show and tell, as needed).
Usually the teacher
decides to adapt our format to serve a preconceived purpose, sets
up the tasks, conducts the documentary research. The students come
to the workshops with texts pretyped, images drawn on paper, photographs
or illustrations as needed. Our team only meets at the same time as
we are welcoming the kids. Responsabilities, adjusted to knowhow and
personal preferences, are preset through intensive e-mail exchanges
and sharing of software sources and examples.
We propose to illustrate such workshops at S2000 with a legend as a theme, celebrating the creation of the world.