Manga drawing. Anti-bullying

Instruction: write an anti-bullying message, not looking at table buddies.
20 eager 6th-graders from MYP, and later on LGRM, started the manga drawing workshop by doing warm-ups, drawing ovals, circles and sea stars. Concentration is 100%! Daniela demonstrates on paper and students use A4 170 gram drawing paper to sketch with graphite pencils. Rico assist.
Five minutes of filling these forms with paint. Shading, filling, mixing etc.
Then on an A3, Daniela demonstrated how to draw a Manga face beginning with an oval, dividing it into sections and filling with eyes, nose, mouth, hair ears and neck. Manga is the drawing style used in graphic novels and Animé is the name of the animated films with the same style.
Using their ovals, circles, stars, students practice making eyes, faces, highlights and all the Manga characteristics.
Next step: Using an A3, portrait format,  students make a large Manga face. Remember the highlights in the eyes.
When sketching, don’t press too hard with your pencil. Different hair styles, eyes, eyebrows!
Then students painted their faces. Green, blue, yellow, orange, then the hair.
Using a black marker, they emphasized the eyes, hair contours, any other features that are important to see first.
Finally, use white tempera to paint the highlights.
Last of all, they made speech bubbles and wrote their anti-bullying messages in them. Cut them out and placed them near the head of the manga character. Daniela then collected all the speaking manga chatacters to put them up at different placed in the library.
Exhibit at 15:30-16. How many  different manga characters can you fond in the library?
This event was part of Creative school, underpinned by the National Arts Council.
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Digital storytelling / animation. Aliens and planets

Yesterday, Daniela did two workshops in digital storytelling / animation with students from MYP 7 and LGRM 7.

Initially, Daniela showed the program Scratch 3.0 and how to work with different tools like shapes, how to stretch shapes, gradients and more.

After that, the students were to create an alien living on a special planet. It could have tentacles and other stuff. The students first got to draw an alien, using different shapes, on an elongated paper, folded in three parts. They got 5 minutes for doing that. When they had drew their alien, they got to draw it again, twice just changing the alien a little bit between each drawing. So they would fill up all the three squares of the paper.

Then Daniela collected all the aliens in a hat. And the students got to pick an alien drawn by a classmate, as they would create in Scratch 3.0, so it would be their sprite when crating an animated film. They also got tips on how to change the sprites, always marking what they were going to work with.

After that, the students got to learn how to make different costums for their sprites. The sprites were going to have about 2-3 costums and at two backgrounds. Outside and in space.

Then Daniela explained what a code means, and how you can combine them in Scratch 3.0. The students also got a lot of other technical tips. How to work with Looks (color effects and other really cool effects), Events and Control etc. Then the students got to try their films, clicking at the Green flag to start it. They got more technical tips on how to move their sprite around and choose a friend (an ready made sprite) make them interact and turn around.

Finally, the students got to share their films with Daniela, with the nickname Ru_robot in Scratch.

Here you can take a look at the film clips by the students who wanted to share their films:

This is part of Creative School supported by the National Arts Council.

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Visited by Daniela Ruxandra Stoian

ISGR is happy to be visited again, by the Romanian, visual artist Daniela Ruxandra Stoian.  Last time she visited us, it was such a succesful exchange and cooperation, so the students wanted her back.

Today she has worked with preparing workshops, that she will run on Tuesday-Wednesday in the library.

These will be the focuses for her workshops:

  • Digital storytelling /animation workshop on the theme of aliens and planets, that will be for students from grade 7. “Create cool short digital animated stories about aliens and their planets using Scratch! Think about how would it be for you to live on one of their home planets.”
  • Manga drawing workshop on the theme of anti bullying that will be for students from grade 6. “Create and paint your Manga-style character and share it’s anti-bullying message with your school!”

This is all part of the school’s Creative school project, supported by the National Arts Council.


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Tintin is turning 90 years old

At ISGR library, Campus Götaberg, we are celebrating the cartoon character Tintin this week, and the next. This is because Tintin is turning 90 years old on January 10th 2019. And during the autumn, many LGRM and MYP students asked for Tintin books. So the library decided to meet that desire.

You can take a Tintin quiz created by Daniel in 7D. Do some Tintin crafts (some visual quizzes and coloring pages) and borrow a Tintin book, published in the original language French, or translated into Spanish, Swedish and English. If you would like them in any other language, please feel free to contact the library. (The Tintin series is available in about 80 languages.) Most of the books we have are in English.

For you who does not know Tintin, he is a cartoon character created by Hergé, a pen name for the Belgian cartoonist Georges Rémi. Tintin is a teenage journalist that is very investigative, right thinking and truth seeking. Usually he is accompanied by his dog, the fox terrier Snowy. And during his adventure, Tintin is traveling around the world.

The Tintin series, consisting of 24 parts, are humorous observations and commentary about contemporary global events. Some Tintin books have been subject to controversy, especially earlier ones like Tintin in the land of Soviets and Tintin in the Congo. (This is because of in the past, existing attitudes and beliefs, that today must be seen as obsolete and stereotypical views of former colonial empires, other countries, and the people living there.) Tintin in the land of Soviets was published already 1929, in the youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle. Hergé became more enlightened and aware of all people’s equal value with time. In  2o12 Belgian court also decided not to ban Tintin in the Congo, because there were no bad intentions behind the book.

For you who would like to know more about Tintin, there is a Hergé and Tintin museum, called Musée Hergé in Louvain-la-Neuve, near Brussels in Belgium.

Here you can visit a castle from the Tintin series. It is fictional and called Moulinsart. It was first introduced in The secret of the Unicorn.

You can also contact the Tintin association Generation T.

Here you can watch a film clip based on Explorers on the Moon:


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Grade 9’s Songwriting Workshop with Stina Velocette and Lady Louise

This week grade 9 students in Myp and Lgrm participated in a songwriting workshop with Stina Velocette and Lady Louise. At first Stina and Louise showed some movie clips on their own work. Then the students started off by using word association and music to start their creative writing. They got general tips on how to initiate the writing process before it was time to try it out themselves.

In groups, they got to draw a topic on equality and human rights. They got some advice and got to choose a piece of instrumental music (see below).

40 minutes later it was time for performances. We were all impressed by the result! The students were open minded and risk taking. They showed courage, creativity and engagement. Here are some student quotes:

“It was fun and with the help of the advice we got from Louise and Stina

it worked well.”

”It was fun but challenging. It would be hard to do this every day.”

The workshops leaders are active in the Gothenburg region, so the students might get a chance to meet them again at different events. Stina and Louise’s approachable and youthful way of leading made it easy for the students to open up and challenge themselves. Music is a great tool for change, change in yourself, in others and in the world!

Finally, Stina and Louise told all students that they are welcome to contact them if they have any questions, would like to discuss any songs they have written or performed or anything else (see below). This workshop was part of Creative School, underpinned by the National Arts Council.

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Christmas crafts and book tips

There are some Christmas crafts in the library now. You can for example make:

  • Christmas cards with colored paper
  • Christmas origami (there are easy instructions for how to do a star, snowman and tree baulbe)
  • Christmas book marks
  • Coloring pages with Christmas motifs

During the day, there will also be filled up with some more crafts.

And the library is also displaying books on winter and Christmas theme, as you are welcome to borrow. Beside the books below, books on winter sports (snow board, skiing, hockey) and Christmas crafts and both Hanukkah and Christmas traditions are being displayed.

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Climate Change in focus

Right now, books on Environmental issues, are being displayed on the shelf for Global minded citizenship. This is because UN’s Climate Change Conference 2018 is taking place in Poland.

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