Young imaginations put ideas to print

Sherry Martell
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Ecole Acadienne students bring stories to life through digital media


TRURO - There was a whole lot of squealing, giggling and smiles all around on the faces of students at Ecole Acadienne de Truro on Friday.
After much anticipation the Grade 6 class was presented with a series of books created from their ideas and infinite imaginations.
"I am really excited," said 11-year-old student Thalia Moors. "We've been waiting a year to see them.
"It's really cool because there are some things in them we weren't expecting. They used some of our drawings."
Last year the class was split into five working groups that created a storybook in French, and then added illustrations.
The father of one of the students, Jeff Whitehead, is also the core instructor of the graphic and digital media design program at the Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) in Halifax and was looking at new ways to challenge his own students.
So he invited his son's class into his realm of graphic and digital media with their newly penned books and students from both schools intensively explored ways to bring the story to life through digital media.
"Their role was to interpret the story and turn it into a visual," Whitehead said about his student's assignment.
"They were the toughest clients they could ever have and that was on purpose.
"They are very honest. You had to be true to their story as well."
Presented with storylines from young imaginations about flatulent blue unicorns, super pigs and jungle adventures, the CAT class had one day to work directly with the Truro students to accurately interpret their ideas.
Michael Mahoney helped write a story titled Super Pig and was thrilled to hold a hard copy of the finished product in his hand.
"You write a book in class but you never expect to see it published," said the Grade 6 student. "It's amazing to see what they did with it. It's cool."
The books were printed in both French and English and each student was presented with a set of five in English along with a French version of the one they helped to create.
The school was also given two French sets.
"This project was a great example of what we try to do at the school and take the curriculum out of the classroom," said CAT campus director Jamie Hartling.
"They've written stories but today they became authors."
He said they take pride in being flexible, adapting and enhancing curriculum by embracing opportunities to work with other groups in the community and aiming to participate in more projects like this in the future.

smartell@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Centre for Arts

Geographic location: Halifax

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