For the final assignment of the "My Neighborhood Project", students produced digital interactive murals. Through the development of this project, students learned to use design principals and graphic elements, such as repetition, hierarchy, texture, color, and transition.
The student murals are designed to take viewers on a street level journey of their neighborhood, their hot spots, and their memories. Students were challenged to see what kind of juxtapositions or narratives they could create through these "linearesque" audio⁄visual presentations. Students were also encouraged to apply the graphic principles learned and perhaps integrate some of the collage and design styles they had been introduced to over the course of the workshops.
Students were taught to use Vuvox, an online application that allows users to cut and collage images, embed video and audio, and create stand-alone multimedia panoramic experiences. As can be the case with any application or software, there were technical issues and unfortunately students were unable to embed their videos. None-the-less, many of the interviews and video portraits the students created will be available in entries throughout the Youth Voices Highland Park blog.
This phase of the project brought a new level of excitement and motivation to the student’s work. They were interested to see what others were creating and were influenced to try new things and stretch themselves. Collaboration amongst the students increased as well as many of their commitments to complete the project in order to see their final work screened to their classmates.
Check out the murals by clicking on the entries below.