Digital Video in the Art Room

Developments in digital video and software give art teachers and their students an opportunity to produce professional video projects.

Video Art for the Classroom
- Edited by George and Ilona Szekely and published by the National Art Education Association. This anthology features contributions from over 18 video artists and educators including Harold Olejarz. Each contributing author offers a diverse approach to the use of video art with students. This book offers examples spanning a broad range of various technological levels, and projects ranging from the shoebox "camera" to actual animation, documentary, broadcast journalism, and more. Each chapter relays a distinct account of how video art was and can be used successfully in the k-12 classroom or community to make art come alive-regardless of budget or technological savvy.

Mac OS Software

iMovie comes installed on Macs -
Visit the iMovie site for additional sounds, backgrounds, ...

Final Cut Express -
"Whether you're a digital video enthusiast, a small business video developer, or an event videographer, Apple's new feature-rich DV editing software is designed for you. It's optimized for the DV format and comes with all the high-quality compositing, titling and effects capabilities you need for professional-level video for just $299." Check for education price.

PC OS Software

Ulead® VideoStudio™ 8

Pinnacle Studio 8

Microsoft Movie Maker

Sonic Foundry VideoFactory

Adobe Premiere Pro -,

Project Ideas

Sixth-grade student projects - examples of my students' videos, Eisenhower Middle School, Wyckoff, NJ

Interview Projects - Have students play roles for an interview project. They may be artists, collectors, critics, historians or the people represented in a painting or drawing. It might also be interesting to have students play two artists discussing their work with one another.

Instructional Videos - Have students produce instructional videos. The instructional format is an exciting way for students to combine traditional art materials with new media. Students may create instructional videos that explain art techniques like working with watercolor or pastels or how to build an armature or make a linoleum block print. A group of eighth-grade students in my class created an instructional video on origami.

Documentaries - Students may research an art movement or artist and create a documentary on that artist or movement. This can easily be done by downloading still images from the internet or scanning images from books. The still images may be imported into iMovie or other video editing programs. Voice overs and additional video footage may be added to create a documentary in the style of Ken Burns.

Poetry In Motion - Students may be asked to find a poem that they would like to dramatize. Once the poem has been approved the students must find a way to dramatize each line of the poem. Students may also use still images downloaded from the internet to illustrate lines of their poem. If the students add the text of each line of the poem to their video clip or still image the resulting project is a true multimedia interpretation of a poem.

Aesop's Fables - Students select a Fable and dramatize a contemporary version of the fable.

Character Education - Students create video projects that promote character education.

TV Commercial - Students can take on the challenge of using 30 or 60 seconds to communicate a message and sell a product in an entertaining way. Also, this project can easily incorporate traditional media if students are required to create a package design and then use the package in their commercial.

Short Movie - Students create a short movie. They develop a script, storyboard and include props.



Videotaping Tips

Editing Tips

Presentation and Storage Tips

Student Behavior Contract
 Artist Interview Project Form - PDF

 Artist Interview Rubric - PDF
 Poem Project Form - PDF

 Poem Project Rubric - PDF
 Storyboard Form - PDF

 Storyboard Form - GIFF

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