Students mix math, art for claymation projects
VALLEY VIEW — In Josh Carl’s world, there’s a rich guy who owns a tiger and employs a butler.
In Taylor Herb’s clay utopia, shoppers can purchase a dog for 10 bucks.
The Hegins-Hubley secondgraders played out those scenarios with clay character videos Thursday during a special artistin-residence program with Rand Whipple.
Whipple, a Bloomsburg actor and director of “Box of Light,” showed the 66 second-graders how to develop a stop-motion animation video. His visit was coordinated through the Perry County Council of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Whipple demonstrated how to add titles, credits and sound effects to their videos shot earlier in the week with iPads.
Their videos are now available for public viewing at the website, www.boxoflight.org.
The second-graders’ theme was to teach a lesson about money. They worked in groups of two or three in the classrooms of Jamie Schwalm, Janet Radel and Ryan Klinger.
“The butler went to the store to get a laptop and it cost $10. He had $20, so he got $10 back,” Carl, 8, of Hegins, said.
Herb enjoyed adding sound to her creation.
“For the fish, we did bubbles, and in the beginning, we had thunder. Walking away with the dog, we added a dog barking,” Herb, 8, also of Hegins, said. Her video showed the $10 cost for the dog, and the customer presenting a $10 bill with no change received.
It was Herb’s first time making an iPad video. “I liked it. The hardest part was moving the clay stuff around,” she said.
Whipple’s visit offered an interdisciplinary approach.
“They learn art with the sculpting; math with the counting and the denominations; learn how to teach to someone else; and media literacy. They acquire social skills
and this is something they’ll watch a hundred times,” Whipple said.
Whipple also taught a lesson to third- through sixthgraders at the district’s other elementary, Mahantongo Elementary in Klingerstown. He brought all of the materials for filming, including the clay, construction paper for creating the background and the iPads. Students used iMovie and iStop Motion programs to create their visual stories.
He showed students how to shoot video from above, for instance, so the viewer could see the money clearly, then how to shoot images from the side to show the characters moving in and out of the scene. Most videos were 200 to 300 frames.
“They liked the freedom and enjoyed the creativity,” Klinger said. “It was great that they got to work with the technology available with the iPads. They liked the flexible grouping and the cooperative learning.”
Schwalm said most students had never worked on an activity of that nature.
“They came up with the ideas on their own and developed their story lines. He told them how to work on each frame, and they picked up on the technology,” she said.
Several Tri-Valley High School art students assisted, including junior Jaeda Stewart, and seniors Rachel McGovern and Breanna Schnoke.
Whipple creates educational assembly programs for schools throughout the mid-Atlantic states. In the United States, he has been seen at the Smithsonian and on public television.
Hegins-Hubley Elementary School students Logan Cigic, front left, Candra Harner, back left, and Josh Carl, right, work with Tri-Valley High School junior Jaeda Stewart on their claymation video project on Thursday at the elementary school.
Hegins-Hubley Elementary School student Shelby Carl works with Rand Whipple, an artist in residence, on her claymation video project.
Clay characters sit out as Hegins-Hubley Elementary School students work on their claymation video project on Thursday at the elementary school.
Hegins-Hubley Elementary School students Logan Cigic, front left, Candra Harner, back left, and Josh Carl, right, work with Tri-Valley High School junior Jaeda Stewart on their claymation video project.
Harner, from left, Cigic, Carl, right, work with Stewart on an iPad for their claymation video project.