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Digital Story Workshop was born in an art class at a small elementary school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. At the time, kindergarten, first and second grade children were telling imaginative stories in and through their art making that begged to be developed further. The digital video medium presented itself as the perfect way to capture the spontaneity and beauty of the children's language as they created fantastical creatures, places and events.

Visual artifacts of various Digital Story Workshop projects:

Sharpie/watercolor drawings of the characters the children had played in their video stories, second grade, PS 27, Spring 2006:

These drawings were compiled into the final printed DVD insert that went home with every child:

In order to make "Mystery Castle with a Lot of Treasures" (Cypress Hills East New York Beacon Afterschool Program, Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant, Fall 2006), third grade participants went on a seed scavenger hunt, then attached the seeds they found to a structure, to make the main prop for the video story. Here the children look for seeds:

Here the children play with and make artistic meaning of the seeds they found:

Here the children make the sculpture out of seeds, glue and a styrofoam armature:

Drawing by Giordi of the finished seed sculpture/prop:

This drawing became the centerpiece of the DVD insert:



© digital story workshop: kristin brenneman eno 2008
brooklyn ny usa
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kristin@digitalstoryworkshop.org