In Digital Youth Storytellers workshops, students engage in a project-based creative process, similar to a Big Class workshop. Except instead of creating a book, the students create a video. Working with professional filmmakers, Digital Youth Storytellers learn about visual storytelling techniques, camera and editing basics, and a writing form that matches their work. Engaging with a unique theme, the students plan, write, shoot, and edit their own videos.
The first Digital Youth Storytellers workshop, Video Poetry, took place in Spring 2014. Students explored the Bywater neighborhood around the Big Class Studio and NOVAC, captured compelling imagery, and edited it together with their original poetry as voice over. You can watch the amazing result below.
The next Digital Youth Storytellers workshop was Personal Histories: Basquiat and the Bayou. On six Saturdays in November and December of 2014, students from around New Orleans met at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to engage with the Basquiat and the Bayou exhibition as part of the Prospect.3 biennial. They learned about how artist Jean-Michel Basquiat wove personal and collective histories into his paintings. Using Basquiat's unique approach as inspiration, the students told stories and developed iconography that they presented in their own collages and paintings, using them to tell personal histories on video and through writing.