Visual Artists in the Literacy Classrooms of NSEE

Posted: March 24, 2010

In an ArtSmarttm project grade six students at North and South Esk Elementary School are receiving instruction from visual artists as a means of helping them understand character development, storyline and setting as they write short stories which they will develop into brief animated films. Miss Gwyneth Mitchell, a graphic artists, works with the students in the morning to assist with character development and storyboard. Mrs. Jayshree Rai works with the students in watercolour painting for the development of the story's setting in the afternoon. Teacher, Mr. A. Johnston explains "Our focus with this is to have the students realize the importance of setting and how it affects mood & atmosphere .... (and) to have the students realize the elements of characterization and some story structure as (they) create characters and storyboards". Visit "NSEE ArtSmart".