- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An effort to showcase on television and online the artwork of students is expanding to more schools in Bismarck.

Students and teachers at several elementary schools last year took pictures and shot video of the artwork and then turned the media into short movies that air on TV through Dakota Media Access and are also available online, the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1YZro1Z ) reported. This year, the school district expects every elementary school to produce videos.

One of the videos shows fifth-grade students learning how to make a book. The five-minute clip shows photos of the process, including students working on their books and showing the finished products.

“Anytime they see themselves somewhere, they love it,” said Highland Acres teacher Shannon Chaussee, whose students learned how to make the books from artist-in-residence Ali LaRock.

The schools typically hosted art shows displaying the creations of students, but Shawn Oban, the fine arts coordinator for Bismarck Public Schools, said he isn’t sure “those are events everyone gets to attend.”

Other videos from Highland Acres Elementary School show students working with clay figures.

Jim Kambeitz, production manager with Dakota Media Access, said the audio quality of some of the first videos was poor and others only displayed vertical photos. He said he now encourages teachers to use a professional microphone and to turn their cellphones sideways because horizontal photos display larger in the video.

The videos can be found by visiting www.dakotamediaaccess.org/flashes-of-creativity .

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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