COURSE TITLE:

PIXAR STORYTELLING: STEM to STEAM

NO. OF CREDITS:

6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
60
60

INSTRUCTOR:

Debora Supplitt
supplitt@comcast.net

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course meets OSPI’s STEM requirements

Art, history, science, math, and literature can come alive through digital storytelling, a skill that is now simple and entertaining to learn thanks to the partnership with Pixar Studios and Khan Academy. Short video modules covering the craft of storytelling will take you through the steps for creating animated stories and presentations. A large variety of lessons that incorporate art, science, technology, math, and design are available for different grade levels (5/6, 7/8, 9-12).

Participants will go through two volumes of Pixar short films videos and will develop their own storytelling activity sheets using handouts from Teachers Pay Teachers and hands-on activities provided by Khan Academy. This course is geared to teachers and their students, grades 4-12 and to home school educators. It’s an excellent way to fulfill STEM/STEAM requirements as well as to provide students with skills for the 21st century.

Test and other materials: Pixar Short Films Volume 1 and Volume 2 can be purchased new for $12.99 each from: https://www.amazon.com/Pixar-Short-Films-Collection-1/dp/B000V1Y44G

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Recognize and evaluate how Art, Science, Math, Technology and Design apply to interactive animation.
  • Apply aesthetic judgment and critical thinking skills in order to develop blended STEAM Storytelling lessons and/or units.
  • Demonstrate specific understanding of the technical, conceptual, and critical vocabulary and terms in animation art.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.


HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.




 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%



 

CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

Pixar Short Films Volume 1 and Volume 2 will showcase the development of the fist Computer Generated (CGI) Short Film,"The Adventures of Andre and Wally B" 1984. This short film, developed in collaboration with Lucas films and Pixar animation, was groundbreaking and helped spark the film industry's interest in computer animation. View the shorts that take you through the storytelling journey. These short films changed the animation and entertainment world. Pixar Short Films Volume 1 and Volume 2 can be purchased new for $12.99 each from: https://www.amazon.com/Pixar-Short-Films-Collection-1/dp/B000V1Y44G
                                                                                                                                PLUS
Plot Chart Diagram Arc - Pixar Short Films Study (w/ Answer Keys) Free download from Teachers Pay Teacher:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Plot-Chart-Diagram-Arc-Pixar-Short-Films-Study-w-Answer-Keys-912822

  • Pixar Short Films Volume 1 and Volume 2 (two separate videos)

                  ISBN# ASIN: B000V1Y44G and ASIN: B0091NWBK4
                  by Pixar and Disney Studios
                  Discover these short films and witness the magic of the visual masters of storytelling.                  
                  These dazzling short films have changed the face of CGI animation and entertainment.                  
                  Witness the development of the first CGI shot to the amazing animated shorts of today.                  
                   Dual discs in DVD and Blu-ray will provide access for any classroom presentation.

  • Plot Chart Diagram Arc-Pixar Short Film Study (w/answer key)
    by Created For Learning.  Teachers Pay Teacher
    This resource is a Free Download from Teachers Pay Teachers. Plot Charts are a                  
     necessary story analysis skill. Your students will be begging for more storytelling activities                  
    as they watch Pixar Short Films and analyze the plot.

None. All reading is online.

MATERIALS FEE

Pixar Short Films Volume 1 and Volume 2 can be purchased new for $12.99 each at Amazon.com.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

Debora Supplitt M.F.A-A.Ed./M.Ed. received her Masters (M.Ed.) and Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree from San Francisco State University and Masters of Fine Arts in Art Education (M.F.A.-A.Ed,) from Boston University. She has worked with students of all levels, including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and professional educators, since 1980. She is certified in Washington, Oregon and California in Pre/K-12-Adult Special and Elementary Education and is highly qualified in the core areas of Art, Music, Reading, and Special Education as well as being a trained Intervention Specialist. Debora knows the importance of providing a creative environment where all students and teachers can thrive. Presently she is working in her dream position as a full time middle school Art Teacher. Debora provides classroom teachers with the tools and resources needed to integrate art into the daily curriculum and is always busy developing new, creative and fun workshops for teachers. She is passionate about providing exciting, meaningful, useful and fun filled continuing education for all teachers.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

PIXAR STORYTELLING: STEM to STEAM

Created for Learning, 2013.  Teachers Pay Teachers, Plot Chart Diagram Arc - Pixar Short Films Study (w/ Answer Keys). Accessed June 2017. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Plot-Chart-Diagram-Arc-Pixar-Short-Films-Study-w-Answer-Keys-912822

Disney Studios, 2011.  A Day in The Life of John Lasseter. Running Time: 25:10. Accessed June, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZre2MUyvoQ

Disney Studios and Pixar, 2007. Pixar Short Films Collection; Volume 1. Running Time: 54 minutes. ASIN: B000V1Y44G  Accessed June, 2017.  https://www.amazon.com/Pixar-Short-Films-Collection-1/dp/B000V1Y44G

Disney Studios and Pixar, 2012. Pixar Short Films Collection; Volume 2.  Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes.  ASIN: B0091NWBK4  Accessed June, 2017.   https://www.amazon.com/Pixar-Short-Films-Collection-2/dp/B0091NWBK4/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1497723096&sr=1-1&keywords=pixar+short+films+collection+volume+2

Lasseter, J. 2016. John Lasseter Looks Back 30 Years of Pixar.  6:35 Accessed June, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_PwPK_zKKU

Kahn, S. 2015. Kahn Academy: Pixar/Disney Modules accessed June, 2017.

Introduction: Pixar Pipeline
https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/start/introduction/v/pipeline-video

Introduction to Virtual Cameras
https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/virtual-cameras/virtual-cameras-1/v/virtual-cameras?ref=Pixar_Recommended_video

Introduction to Combinatorics
https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/crowds/crowds-1/v/introcrowds?ref=Pixar_Recommended_videos

Welcome to Rigging
https://www.khanacademy.org/puppies/piabsandbox/rigging/v/rigoverview?ref=Pixar_Recommended_videos

Math Meet Artistry
https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/learnstorm-weekly-activities-home/ls-weekly-activityeight/weekly-activity-8-get-started/v/intro-animation?ref=Pixar_Recommended_videos

Introduction: Pixar Pipeline
https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/start/introduction/v/pipeline-video