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Teaching Artist Opportunity @ Eyebeam

  • Deadline:
    Aug. 1, 2002, 1 a.m.

Education Residents:
The Eyebeam Education Division: School, Youth, and Family Programs now offers Education residencies via the ASA and Girls-Eye View programs. Education residents will be hired as ASA and Girls-Eye View teaching artists, to teach the 3-12 week long courses, present the student work at the program wrap-up events, and take part in the Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence exhibition at the end of his/her residency. Education residents receive a teaching stipend, a budget for materials, and lab hours to work on independent projects, which are encouraged for entry in the Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence show and/or ancillary exhibition events.

Selected Education residents are challenged to design unique learning opportunities for the enrolled after-school students with the assistance of the Eyebeam Education staff. By pooling private sources of inspiration and technique, the artists develop 3 week and 10-12 week classes that utilize the themes established for the after-school programming and enable the enrolled teens to create unique statements about teen life, issues, and individuality with the technology tools presented.

Artists interested in this residency should:
Possess prior teaching experience
Enjoy working with youth
Have excellent communication and organizational skills
Be extremely flexible with class scheduling (because the after-school programs revolve around the Board of Education, teacher, and student schedules, which are subject to last minute changes).
A willingness to work with Eyebeam staff to develop course around the Eyebeam mission for after-school programming

Program Descptions:
After-School Atelier (ASA)
After-School Atelier (ASA) is an outreach program that helps students to deconstruct media messages about teens by teaching them digital imaging techniques, introducing them to guest-lecturing new media professionals, and engaging them with art and design issues. ASA is comprised of two student classes for Manhattan's middle- and high- public schools. Students are offered opportunities to work cooperatively with teachers, professional mentors, ASA staff, and their peers.
ASA Spring 02
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 Superintendent's 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.
Wrap-up event: Saturday, June 8th (3-5pm)
HS Program (Mondays/Wednesdays-3:30-5:30pm)
Cory Arcangel co-taught along-side Eyebeam's Cat Mazza to teach the last
round of ASA HS students the fundamentals of game development and game theory. Final projects were self-directed games created in teams and focussed on teen life in NYC.
MS Program (Tuesdays/Thursdays-3:30-5:30pm)
Michael Bell-Smith worked with his group of ASA middle school students to
create animated self-portraits using programs such as Photoshop and Director.
Final projects consisted of 15 individual portraits; reflections of the different
personalities in his 12-week course.
Girls-Eye View
Girls-Eye View is a new program for adolescent girls. The program has been developed as a response to research stating that middle school girls begin to pull back from technology and allow boys to play the dominant roll in group activites and in the classroom. The Girls-Eye View program runs in conjunction with and in the same vein as the ASA program. The participating students present their work at the end of the program at a wrap-up event. Programs run for 3 weeks (4 days/week) in the fall and spring.

Eyebeam Equipment:
ASA and Girls Eye View courses should be developed with thought given to the available equipment and software in the Eyebeam classrooms.
16 imacs (12 G4s)
Latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects, Premiere, Illustrator
Macromedia Studio MX (Studio MX includes Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Freehand and ColdFusion Developer)
Sound Edit 16
imovie 2
Protools (free version)
Digital video cameras, digital still cameras, mini-disk recorders, etc. are all available for use in the classes.
The accessibility of additional mediums, hardware, and software can be discussed for use in proposed classes.

Education Resident Stipends:
ASA Education residents receive $400/week (a 2 day/week commitment for 10-11weeks-depending on the NYC school calendar)
Girls-Eye View Education residents receive $800/week (a 4 day/week commitment for 3 weeks)

Fall 2002 Session Dates:
ASA Middle School and High School Programs:
Middle School: Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Monday, October 7, 2002 through Wednesday, December 11, 2002.
High School: Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, October 8, 2002 through Tuesday, December 10, 2002.
Girls-Eye View Program:
Mondays-Thursdays, beginning Monday, September 23, 2002 through Thursday, October 3, 2002.
Eyebeam after-school programs run in conjunction with NYC public school schedules. Therefore, selected Education residents will be provided school schedules to plan courses accordingly.

To apply:
Please send resume, work samples, and a brief course description (see specifications below), including the name of the program (ASA-High School, ASA-Middle School, or Girls-Eye View) you would like to teach to liz@eyebeam.org or to the address listed below.

Course Descriptions:
Education residents should address the break-down of the class they are interested in teaching (ie for a 4-week class vs. an 11-week class), and are encouraged to supply sample lessons regarding critical discussions about current media and media messages as well as ideas for potential guest speakers. In addition, Education residents applying for ASA-Middle School and Girls-Eye View programs should include ideas for incorporating the school teachers who accompany the middle students to the after-school programs.

Application Deadline:
Friday, August 30, 2002, 2:00pm
@ Eyebeam's administrative office in Brooklyn

Send applications to:

Liz Slagus
Director of School, Youth, and Family Porgrams
45 Main St., 12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Artists will be notified of their acceptance to the program the second week in September, beginning September 9, 2002.