Students in 7th and 8th grades worked both in Technology classes and put in many extra hours after school to complete stop-motion animations for the Adobe Youth Voices program. Below you will find the animation as well as the group's artist statement for their project. Enjoy!
Bamboo artist statement: "We care about endangered animals, such as the pandas in our animation. We felt it was important to show people the importance of protecting these species. People need to think of other animals, other than themselves. Humans are destroying the habitats of animals for human purposes, not thinking of the animals who live in the habitats. The more we destroy, the more species disappear. This piece is intended for everyone, everyone who feels like they cannot do anything to help the animals. Working together made our project go smoothly and we think we have demonstrated the importance of our cause."
Color artist statement: "Creativity is very important to make your life colorful and interesting, and if you don’t have it your world is “black and white”. We chose this topic because we felt like there was so much stress recently with tests and getting into high school that a lot of people didn’t have time to do the creative things they love best. We wanted to show that creativity is important to live. Our audience was mainly people from age 12-18 who are developing their talents and working on balancing their lives. We think our animation is successful in demonstrating how creativity can color your world."
Honeybee artist statement: "We wanted to convey to the audience the hardship the honeybees have to face, and what we could do to help. We chose this topic because it was important and we thought it would be interesting to animate. Our audience that we wanted to convey this to was the whole world, honey bees aren’t confined to one country. The decimating population of the honeybee affects the entire world."
Students in 7th grade designed posters using a variety of techniques and software to convey a meaningful message. Students planned and sketched an idea with a message on paper, took original photographs, edited the photographs, often tracing over their own photos in Photoshop, and finally used brushes and text in Photoshop to arrange and design an effective message.
Twelve students' graphic designs were chosen to submit to the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards, an international youth media competition for various forms of media art. Here are the twelve below, in reverse alphabetical order:
Students in 8th grade used their digital painting and graphic design skills to create the Burley School Digital Showcase header images you see displayed at the top of this page. Photoshop was used to create the designs.
Both classrooms of 7th grade students created nameplates using digital painting tools in Photoshop. Students focused on layering a variety of brush styles along with text showcasing their names. The various "images" you see are all brush styles from Brusheezy.com to use in Photoshop. Students attempted to represent a part of their personality visually in their design.
Upper grade students created nameplates using digital painting tools in Photoshop Elements. Students focused on layering a variety of brush styles along with text showcasing their names. The various "images" you see are all brush styles from Brusheezy.com to use in Photoshop.
Please click "Read More" to see all of the nameplates!
Room 205 - 8th Grade
Students in Room 302 used the macro function on the camera to take extreme close-up photographs of a variety of small toys. Students then took their favorite photo and made edits in Photoshop before publishing.
Inspired by Ms. Ahmed and a poem by Langston Hughes, room 201 8th grade students collaboratively created this media poem for the Adobe Youth Voices program.
Students wrote poems in groups and then created a single poem of highlights chosen as a class. Next, students found (Creative Commons) images on Flickr, added effects in Photoshop Elements, and added the text of their own line in the poem. Two students then recorded everyone speaking their line, created original music in Garageband, and finally combined all of the elements into one media piece using Premiere Elements.
Here is their artist statement:
Inspired by the poem of the same name by Langston Hughes, we created our own dream for the future. We each added a line and our voice, choosing the one line that truly expresses our greatest hopes. We then chose an image to represent our line, added text and made a few changes to the images in Photoshop. Our audience is students like ourselves, as well as the adults we encounter in the world so that they know that we, the youth, have a peaceful dream for the future.
This showcase features student work created during Technology classes and after school clubs. The logo image above changes periodically. Logos were created by 8th grade students in Photoshop. Please leave comments! Students love feedback on their work.
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