Project Connects MICA Animators with Jemicy 5th Graders to Create Multisensory Educational Videos
Posted 03.21.12 by MICA Communications
BALTIMORE--Eight 5th grade students from the Jemicy School, in Owings Mills, which educates students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences, have teamed up with eight students from MICA to develop short animated films focusing on memory tricks that facilitate learning.
The collaboration is the result of a grant from MICA's Office of Community Engagement secured by MICA faculty member and local animator, Lynn Tomlinson. Tomlinson is known for her work on Sesame Street and PBS Kids. This project is in keeping with Jemicy's efforts to provide a multisensory and experiential education.
Together, the Jemicy and MICA students have worked on a variety of basic animation techniques including paper cut, clay, pixilation and frame-by-frame flipbooks. Working in pairs, the students are animating mnemonic devices and other memory tricks that Jemicy students use to facilitate learning and make it fun.
The Kickstarter page for the project is located here.
Image caption: MICA animation major Olivia Huynh helps as the Jemicy girls try animating the paper puppets using a digital SLR Camera and Dragonframe stop-motion software. One of the goals of this project is to empower the girls to learn animation technology. (photo: Susan Walston)
Jemicy School, founded in 1973, provides a highly individualized, flexible, and challenging education for above-average to gifted college-bound students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences. A recognized leader in the field of education, Jemicy educated students between the ages of six and eighteen on two campuses. The Lower and Middle School and the Upper School are each based in Owings Mills, Maryland just a short distance from one another.
Jemicy's philosophy is based upon building the academic and higher order thinking skills of bright young people through applied research and time-tested multisensory learning. Jemicy serves the whole child, celebrating each student's strengths while exploring individualized skills and strategies that will build the foundation for success in school and in life.
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,300 B.F.A., M.F.A., M.A., M.A./M.B.A., M.A.T., M.P.S. and continuing studies students from 48 states and the District of Columbia and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.