Art and Technology Programs with The Williamsburg Magnet School for Communication and Multimedia Arts

Our collaboration with Public School 250K supports the school’s initiative to expand student learning through creative technologies and merges academics, new media technology and the arts. Our 2011-2012 program was designed for early Childhood Students, Kindergarten through Grade 2, to offer a sequential introduction to technology that matches student development and academic learning. By introducing technology in the school, students and teachers expand resources to augment learning, give new forums for creatively exploring our school themes to prepare the school community to be creative innovators in the 21st century. We thank the school administrator, teachers, staff and students for your creativity, support, and enthusiasm during our 20122-2012 programs!

Kindergarten – Digital Photography
“Our Community”

Teaching Artist: Lauren Rutten

Five, Kindergarten Classes participated in a 9 week program with teaching artist Lauren Rutten in Digital Photography. Students learned about the historical significance of cameras and the role of photographers to prepare their own study of photography while investigating the school community at 250K. using digital Cameras, students learned the basics of camera use while exploring framing, and selecting photographs to coney their community stories. Students created a final book to showcase their digital photography talents, skills and creativity.

1st Grade – Photo Storytelling
“Our Neighborhood Community”

Teaching Artist: Chelsea Manifold

Six, 1st Grade Classes participated in a 9 week program. Through the photo Storytelling residency, students expanded proficiency with digital camera use and computer laptops to explore how ‘movement’ can be achieved with still pictures. Classes conducted their photo investigation both in the classroom and out in the neighborhood community. Various elements of the community (buildings, landscapes, people, traffic) required students to utilize their understanding of the elements of taking a picture. The first grade students worked to select images that effectively communicate their stories and will showcase their learning and talents by creating a dynamic video montage of their efforts.

2nd Grade – Animation “Transportation”

Teaching Artist: Chelsea Manifold

Five, 2nd Grade Classes participated in a 9 week program in Animation. Using Stop Motion, webcams, computer laptops and animation software, students build further sophistication in media and technology literacy and learn to communicate their theme of transportation in an exciting and fun new medium. Each student becomes a ‘crew member’ and learns about production teams by participating as directors, computer operators, and animators in the creation of their animated video chapter. Each second grade class worked on a separate chapter of the overall film, depicting the theme of transportation including trolley cars, automobiles, motorcycles, bridges and trains. The final video showcases the efforts, new kills and talents of the second grade through video animation.

About The Teaching Artists

Lauren Rutten:
Lauren, a professional photographer since 1986 has an extensive portfolio career working in documentary, event and portrait photography. She received her Masters of Art at NYU & International Center of Photography. Her vast teaching experience ranges from early childhood through collegiate level instruction including working as the lead artist with CAYR (Arts Horizons Creative Alternatives for Youth at Risk) and NJ State Council on the Arts Artists in Education Grants. Lauren’s photography reflects her deep appreciation of everyday life and seeks to connect and inspire others through her art.

Chelsea Manifold:
Chelsea Manifold brings over eight year’s experience working in the entertainment industry and education fields. Her work in Stop Motion Animation has been sought after by clients including Sony, Comb-Over Productions, Motorola and is presented in feature movies, independents, commercials, television and stage. Chelsea has extensive teaching and curriculum development expertise in media literacy, digital media and video production. Her work experience spans students in elementary, middle, high schools, special education, college, and continuing education students. Chelsea strives to combine the highest level of professionalism with a joy of learning to produce superior quality work while working closely with students and clients alike.

For more information about this program contact Dena Malarek, Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations at

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children’s full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.

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