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Fine arts, language, social interaction


To have children discover how art can be an effective vehicle for promoting environmental concerns, mobilizing a group and communicating values.


• To develop children’s awareness of the role of nature in our
   daily lives
• To generate environmental awareness among children,
   showing them how we can safeguard our surroundings
   and benefit from nature without destroying it
• To develop awareness of our responsibilities toward the planet
   and how we can integrate these responsibilities into
   our day-to-day lives by changing our behaviour,
   that of our families and others, and ultimately our children
   and future generations
• To complete a compelling project


Create an auditory environment using recycled objects and any available instruments.
Play
music to feel emotions and express sensations or feelings.
Recognize
and appreciate a healthy auditory environment.


Develop and use creativity
Associate sound and images using communication technologies
  (Audacity — free recording software)
Develop critical thinking
Communicate appropriately through music

 

Preliminary activity #1:
Learning about animated film


The workshop leader can use the links to create open-ended questions that let the children explore the topic of animated film.

To know more about the animated film:
What is Animation?

Group discussion
• Have you ever seen an animated film?
• Do you know how a short animated film is made?
• What about the sound?

The workshop leader shows the children Illusion? with the sound off, omitting the ending.

Group discussion

• Do you understand the film’s meaning?
• Can you explain what it means?
• How did the film make you feel? Can you identify these feelings?
• Do you know what a ‘soundtrack’ is?
• Do you think that the film’s author already had the sounds and music in his head
   when he created the animation?

Example : a page from the storyboard used to make the film ¿Illusion?

• Can you identify the sounds you hear in the soundtrack?
• Are words always needed to understand a film?
Online interview: Frédéric Back on the importance on music
• Do you think that sound can help us feel and understand things?

Let’s look at this pictures:
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The Scream by Edvard Munch
The Scream

by Edvard Munch
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The man who planted trees by Frédéric Back
The Man Who Planted Trees
by Frédéric Back
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The Mighty River by Frédéric Back
The Mighty River
by Frédéric Back
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• What kind of sound do you think would go with this images?
• How does this images make you feel?


Activity #1A: Making the soundtrack for one minute of ¿Illusion?


Group discussion
• What could you use to create sound?
   (objects, instruments, voices)
• Could you find 10 objects that make interesting
   sounds?

Now that you have a collection of 10 possible sound, could you create a sound environment for one minute of animation?

The entire film can be divided into 60-second sequences that can be allocated to different children or groups, who then proceed to make the ‘soundtrack’ for their sequence. They record and store the sequence using Audacity (a free software) or another recording application.

To download Audacity:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

The sequences are then assembled in the correct order to obtain a complete soundtrack for the film.


Activity #1B: Making a musical instrument from recycled materials and creating a short musical sequence


There are plenty of things in the garbage that could be recycled to make interesting sounds. Take a look around you and see if you can’t find the materials needed to created your own musical instrument from among the following:

Making a string instrument Le tam-tam The rain stick
INSTRUCTIONS
A string instrument
INSTRUCTIONS
A drum
INSTRUCTIONS
The rain stick

Now that you have the recycled materials you need, make your musical instrument.
When you’re done, do you think you can create a sound environment for one minute
   of animation?

The entire film can be divided into 60-second sequences that can be allocated to different children or groups, who then proceed to make the ‘soundtrack’ for their sequence. They record and store the sequence using Audacity (a free software) or another recording application.

To download Audacity:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

The sequences are then assembled in the correct order to obtain a complete soundtrack for the film.

Group discussion

Watch the film with the soundtrack you created. Now watch it with the original soundtrack.

Compare the two, and identify your soundtrack’s strengths and weaknesses.

Does your soundtrack change the meaning of the film? Describe any changes of meaning observed.


Follow-up


Visit the Frédéric Back website, where you can get to know the film’s author and the topics he liked to address in his work.

Web search:

Biography of Frédéric Back
Frédéric Back, filmaker

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