Creative project week at Oak House School
The project week at Oak House School was a big success: 90 pupils from 5th, 6th and 7th grade, supported by three teachers and two Creator Street facilitators, created their own comics in teams.
The first day they took the role of screenwriters to come up with a captivating story, meaning they had to select a genre, invent characters and imagine a plot. Then they adopted the director’s role to develop a visual storyboard of their story, and as costumer designers, planned for the disguises they would need for their characters.
The next day was dedicated to the first shooting with tablets: alternating between acting and camera, the teams played out their stories, trying to find the best angle to tell the story and convey expressions and emotions.
The sessions of the two following days were mostly dedicated to developing the dialogues, add typical comic effects and edit the visual look & feel to create an appealing result thanks to an app.
Friday was the big presentation day: in total, 18 teams presented their original comics and acted them out in front of the whole group. The stories were extremely diverse and imaginative, from “distracted detectives” to “living potatoes travelling to the moon”.
It’s precisely the freedom of coming up with their own story from scratch that the children appreciated most, as well as working in teams and changing roles like in a movie production. The biggest perceived challenges were agreeing on the story content in the team, dividing and switching roles, with valuable experiences learnt for future projects!
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