After School Atelier (ASA) is a semester-long program that provides NYC public high school and middle school students the opportunity to work in a studio environment and to develop new media art projects under the guidance of Eyebeam’s Teaching Artists.
This outreach program helps students to deconstruct media messages about teens by teaching digital imaging techniques, introducing them to guest-lecturing new media professionals, and engaging them with art and design issues. Each semester Eyebeam holds one class for High School students and one for Middle School students. Each class runs two days per week for 7 weeks, depending on the school schedule. The students are offered opportunities to work on projects cooperatively with the Arists-in Residence, professional mentors, ASA staff, and their peers.
The Spring 2002 ASA-Program took place at Eyebeam Atelier's new West 21st Street classroom and served 30 NYC public middle and high school students, selected with the assistance of the Manhattan Superintendents Office. The 12-week program focused on the themes of teen identity and the deconstruction of media messages about teens. Students worked in a studio environment; learning different media tools via an instructor and a diverse group of guest speakers from the art and technology fields. The ASA students rotated to work with different students in small teams throughout the semester, with the ultimate goal of finishing a series of small projects for their digital portfolios. Student work was presented at the Eyebeam exhibition space during a family art and technology showcase at the end of the program.
After-School Atelier (ASA) is a semester-long program that provides NYC public high school and middle school students the opportunity to work in a studio environment and develop new media art projects under the guidance of Eyebeam's Teaching Artists. Students work on independent and collaborative projects using digital video or sound, robotics, circuitry, and/or web programming with the selected Teaching Artists, professional mentors, education staff and their peers.
ASA Spring 2006 Course Descriptions:
Benton Bainbridge's ASA Class - "VJ-U": This is a hands-on workshop to learn the tools and techniques of the Video Jockey, including computer and standalone hardware tools for audiovisual clip production, live performance and display.
Key "VJ-U" concepts, philosophies and exercises include:
Reiffsteck is an independent writer, director, and producer currently working for Bizibi Productions-Paris on a project about open source entertainment in New York City. In 2001 he was selected as one of the top 8 up-and-coming directors for Emergence, the French Sundance Institute. After being the Director of Programming for more than five years at popular art-house cinemas near Paris, Eric returned to school to study film production at the National French Film School, la Femis. In 1997, he founded his own production company, Bizibi, which is currently headed by Emmanuel Agneray. Eric's first movie, the feature-length documentary Neba, was released in 2001 on France 2 and received critical attention for its subtle portrayal of the African immigrant experience.
Eric Reiffstecks's After-School Atelier high school class Viewership, Authorship, Ownership was an investigation of ownership in both literal and conceptual terms. Students explored re-appropriation of media entertainment to build a sense of self through media self-portraits, and were made aware of timely and relevant issues of copyright and borrowing media.... in the end, your self-portrait may not be your own.