Grades 6-12

  • What Is Color | Physics Girl

    Learn what color is in this winning entry in the 2014 Flame Challenge.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Milk, Dish Soap and Food Coloring: Dairy Fireworks | Physics Girl

    What happens when you mix food coloring, milk, and dish soap?

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Be Creative | Off Book

    Creativity has always been essential for cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. Creativity is considerably more complex than previously realized, and requires a nuanced understanding of ourselves and others. Being a creative person involves letting go of preconceived notions of what an artist is, and discovering new processes that yield great ideas. Most importantly, creators must push forward, whether the light bulb illuminates or not.

    Grades: 6-12
  • SciGirls | Puppet Power

    Experiment with linkages in this SciGirls activity challenging students to design a shadow puppet with moving parts and use it to tell a story. The tradition of using shadow puppets to tell stories dates back thousands of years, making it one of the oldest forms of motion-picture storytelling. Shadow puppet theater originated in India and China, where the tradition lives on today. Shadow puppets are often used to convey culturally important stories, such as myths, legends, folklore, and religious stories.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Frame by Frame: The Art of Stop Motion | Off Book

    The magic of stop-motion animation has enthralled audiences for over a century, but with the advent of computer graphics, many thought it was at risk of extinction. Yet despite these fears, animators continue to create unique stories out of physical materials, including clay, sand, paint, puppets, or people. The amount of time and meticulous effort these animators commit makes stop-motion impressive and refreshingly organic, and have driven the art form's resurgence in film, commercials, and on the Internet.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Art of Animation and Motion Graphics | Off Book

    Animation has been captivating audiences for more than a hundred years. From classic forms like hand drawn and stop-motion, to cutting-edge techniques like motion graphics and CGI, animation has a long history of creating style and poetry unachievable through live action filmmaking. It is a tool for educating, a place for experimentation and play, and a way of telling personal stories. This Off Book video provides a fascinating look into this art form.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Animated GIFs | Off Book

    Off Book explores the visual artistry of one of the oldest image formats used on the web: the animated Graphics Interchange Format. Throughout their history, GIFs have served a variety of purposes, from functional to entertaining. In this episode of Off Book, we chart the history of GIF, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are reshaping the format with powerful new visual experiences.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Generative Art | Off Book

    An intriguing combination of programmers, artists, and philosophers, these creators embrace a process that delegates essential decisions to computers, data sets, or even random variables.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Animated Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore

    Kirsten Lepore is an artist and filmmaker who works with different animation techniques, including stop-motion animation and claymation. With these videos, learn more about the intentions behind her food-focused film, the unusual materials she works with to create her projects, and why she loves the laborious process of stop-motion animation. Lepore also demonstrates the basics of shooting a stop-motion animation film.

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    Grades: 3-12
  • Deaf Artist Explores Social Dimensions of Sound

    Dive into the artistic process of a deaf sound artist with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from January 29, 2015.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Accordian-Fold Books

    Artist Thomas Freese shows examples of accordion-fold books, demonstrates how to make one and provides calligraphy tips.

    Grades: K-5
  • Sara Jo Trangsrud: Rhubarb Leaf Pottery | Prairie Mosaic Shorts

    Sara Jo Trangsrud has always loved to play in the dirt. Now, she has taken that love and incorporated it into a style of pottery that reflects her passion for the outdoors and organic shapes. See how she takes an ordinary rhubarb leaf and transforms it into something special in this profile from Prairie Mosaic Shorts. 

    Grades: 4-12
  • Imprint: Highlights | The Art Assignment

    We review some of the best responses to the "Imprint" assignment.

    Grades: 9-12
  • App Art with Franky Aguilar

    Oakland’s Franky Aguilar is the artist behind the wildly popular mobile art apps CatWang, Snoopify, Ima Unicorn, and GifYogurt, to name a few. Inspired by street culture, candy colors, and Internet iconography like cats and pizza, Aguilar works with artists to create a user experience that is equally fun and creative.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Printmaking with Favianna Rodriguez | KQED Art School

    Visual artist Favianna Rodriguez has become a national figure in the fight for immigration reform. Visit her West Oakland studio and listen in as she talks about her mix of art and activism. Rodriguez then guides us through two printing processes central to her work: linocuts and monotypes.

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    Grades: 6-12