“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
-William Butler Yeats
mari jaye’s Teaching Philosophy
Just spent a few days down in West Virginia at the North Mountain Residency with other ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts) members and am re-energized as a teacher AND a human being! Workshops varied from book-binding to sonic meditation to vintage animation, which is the discussion I led and which pleasantly surprised me in terms of everyone’s focus, efforts and results. They can all be seen here, including a song sung during dinner-prep that I absolutely had to include.
Sometimes I’ll try the assignments I give my students so I can see where they might get hung up. Here’s a rough test of a farmer slipping around in mud, in perspective. I got hung up on the timing and arm movements, so I made a point of discussing both again in class. My favorite part of teaching is how much I get to learn!
Made a sample recording for my Dynamics class, and though I cringe at the sound of my own voice, I felt it important that they see the audio all the way through to the lip-synch, so I gave it a shot. Disclaimer…this audio may or may not be true…
I noticed students were having a bit of trouble following arcs in their last assignment, so today I handed them flashlights and asked them to act out a simple action. We took long exposures of four seconds of movement to see that every action was filled with traceable arcs…I was pleasantly surprised at the results!
Spent my third summer teaching the Summer PreCollege Animation Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and these high school students never cease to amaze me! For two weeks we covered the entire production pipeline, from the principles of animation and story creation to storyboarding and animation production. They completed the films below in only five days! An incredible feat by any standard.
Created this clip to show how the skeleton of a human figure lines up with the skeleton of a dog. Not entirely anatomically correct, but it certainly helps in the conversation of where the dog’s “knees” actually are!