Wagner's Saturday Family Arts Program is Back!

Back, for the fourth year in a row, Wagner Middle School will have a 5 week Family Arts course with a teaching artist that takes place at Wagner Middle School. The program can accommodate approximately 20 families (2 members per family). Each week’s session is 2 hours long. This year, we are delighted to have last year's teaching artist, Andrea Goldman, continue to teach us about “Stop Motion Animation” (SMA).


The purpose of the Family Arts Program here at Wagner. is for our families to learn, explore and indulge in the arts, together. As we have such a large school, and a limited number of spots per class allowed, we have requested that each family group consist of 1 guardian and 1 student (no more, no less).

What is SMA and what will you hope to accomplish in the 5 week class?

Students and parents will work together to create a unique stop motion animation movie with Teaching Artist Andrea Goldman.

SMA is a type of animation that uses photography to make objects appear to move on their own. In each workshop, students and parents together will explore different art materials and create stop motion experiments. The workshops will also introduce basic video editing and incorporation of sound. Building on knowledge, the group will create a short movie together.

Check out 2 videos from last year's Stop Motion Animation Class:

This year, we will make stop motion animation inspired by contemporary artists who use animation as a part of their art practice. Looking at particular artist each week, we will then make artwork inspired by that artist’s methods and materials.

Once again, parents and students will come together to work in groups, sharing skills, strategies, and creativity, regardless of perceived “art” ability. We will use various materials, such as charcoal, paper, and everyday objects. Come explore art, time, ideas, movement, humor, and collaboration.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your imagination and a smart phone or tablet. A few extra tablets will be available for the workshops, so please sign up even if you can’t bring a smart phone or tablet. Just let Ms. Gonzalez know that you need a tablet when you sign up for the class. One tablet or smart phone per family is fine.

Who can sign up?

Any Wagner student and their parent or guardian can sign up. Each unique "family" consists of one guardian plus one middle School student (total of 2 people). A guardian can be a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, older sibling (age 16+). 

What are the dates/times of the program?
March 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th & 13th10am-12pm

How do I sign up? Click on link for flyer (below) and return it as soon as possible, to Ms. Gonzalez. You can leave it in the box on her door (room 124) or in her mailbox in the main office. Ms. Gonzalez will try and fit in as many family groups as she can. 

Flyer/Form to sign up:  Saturday_Family_Arts_Program_2019_at_Wagner.pdf or click here for link. 

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