Our summer camp series ended with Video Teen Lab at Kingston Public Library. I was invited to teach a video class in this fantastic library in Kingston, New York, so I combined live action video with stop-motion animation in instruction. The results were incredible. We had eleven teens working in small groups producing four distinctly different videos, but equally creative and original.
My hope was that the students would use the entire library to their advantage and showcase the open and lively nature of this place. Boy did they accomplish that! They used every corner, from the cellar to the garden to the lobby, all without disturbing other patrons. People actually got a kick out of Lego animation taking place right in front of the elevator.
The best thing was that the camp was offered for free, since the program was funded by New York State Council on the Arts. This is why I am hoping to offer more classes through other organizations, since the small size of our operation does not allow for scholarships.
I often say that in teaching, I learn more from my students than they learn from me, but this was specially the case with this camp. Children and youth never cease to amaze me with their creativity and persistence. In just 5 days of 4-hour-sessions, they planned, shot, and edited short videos of their own. All I had to do was give them the tools, show them how to use them, and off they went. This lab was a perfect way to end the perfect July.