Stu­dents mix math, art for clay­ma­tion projects

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY VICKI TERWILLIGER STAFF WRITER

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.

DAVID MCKEOWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

DAvID mcKEoWn / STAFF pho­Tog­RA­phER

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.

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