Session 3 of the Digital Storytelling Workshop was an exciting one for David and Daniel. One significant reason for that was its sole focus drawing.
First, a quick recap of how we got here. In session 1, David (6) and Daniel (5) were introduced to the Digital Storytelling Process. While they received an understanding of the 6-stage process and how they connect, I also received practical lessons akin to teaching kids for dummies. Session 1 ended on a positive note with both kids agreeing on Nick Jnr’s Blaze and the Monster Machines story, which David scripted out.
In Session 2, David walked in with a fleshed out version of his Blaze and the Monster Machines story. We took the written script and sketched out what each numbered scene would look like. In the end, we had a storyboard. Sounds simple? Not really given I had to convince the kids that the jagajaga (scribbles) is a part of the process.
Notwithstanding the results of the last 2 sessions, you could almost see the written expression of learning something new on the kids’ faces when they walked in: where are we going with this? How do the dots connect? When do we get into the thick of things?
Session 3 was about fine-tuning the storyboard. Prior to, I’d struggled with the decision to have the kids use the drawing tablet or settle for a good old pencil and paper. In the end, I opted for the pencil and paper anticipating the kids would do lots of erasing. I was right!
Time to bring Blaze to life.
The kids dug up a reference of Blaze on the internet, thanks to Google. Having the kids run the Google search has attested to the search engine’s simplicity. I mean, the kids simply typed in the first word and bingo, the list of hints included their choice, which they simply selected and a host of results showed up. Next, they selected the ‘images’ option and bingo, had tons of options to pick from.
We settled for this one.
Teaching the kids to draw was another interesting bit. Again, the best way to demystify drawings to any beginner is to help them understand the importance of basic shapes. I can’t think of any drawing however complex that isn’t a combination of basic shapes – circle, rectangle, square.
In the end, we had a drawing of Blaze that both were proud of, In typical fashion, they insisted on taking pictures to share with their parents. Also, both insisted on taking it home so they could color it. Next session, we move on to the coloring. And oh, we’ll be able to share that as a fan art with Nick Jnr.
Blaze and the Monster Machines story; the David and Daniel edition is coming to life. Yay!