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Programs - New Media

About VSA Texas New Media Program

The New Media Arts curriculum offers a variety of classes and events designed to support young adults with disabilities in their transition from school to work, social culture and their community. New Media Arts is the blending of traditional art disciplines and new media to create engaging pathways to enhanced learning and understanding. This curriculum has been tested in several environments and is meant to offer a variety of lessons and activities to engage young people in academic learning. The lessons can be adapted or revised to reflect the discipline of the traditional artist on the artist team. It is more successful when there is a team of a digital artist skilled in photography and video editing, and a traditional artist, either visual art or performance. Some lessons are intended to be taught by visiting artists.

VSA Texas has worked for the past 5 years with a diverse group of young adults ages 15 and up to design, develop and pilot our New Media Arts curriculum. The transitioning youth came from We Are Learning, Austin ISD’s Go! Project, and AISD Crockett High School’s Life Skills classes. This effort was led by Carol Stensrud, Ed.D, CTRS with assistance from the following, in no specific order: Lucia Ornelas, Alicia Maher, Hannah Lamb-Vines, Dona Davis, Richard Melnick, Carol Gilson, Abby Hahn, Meganthrie Pillay, Jane Comer and Lynn Johnson. Thank you everyone for your dedication to this project!

We ask that you use the materials as you see fit, and that you credit VSA Texas on any materials that you may distribute.

Administration, Teacher and Family Feedback
Family: All she talks about is this class! She is so thrilled and excited, every day. What you do is wonderful and we cannot thank you enough!

Parent of Peer Mentor: He is so motivated! Up early and eager to get going every class day! This job has been so challenging and motivational for him.

Grand parent: You guys have done wonders with my grand daughter, she just talks and talks about the class and activities.

Teacher: They have learned and benefited soooooooo much and so have we!

Email Celia Hughes or call 1-866-489-8412 with any comments or questions.

Texas New Media Arts Curriculum New Media Arts Handouts

NMA Lesson 1
Intro Photography

NMA Lesson 2
Photography Class

NMA Lesson 3
Famous Photographs

NMA Lesson 4
Editing Photos

NMA Lesson 6
Editing to Antique

NMA Lesson 8
Establishing Shots

NMA Lesson 9
Edit and Naming Photos

NMA Lesson 20
Movie Genres

NMA Lesson 21
Camera Shots

NMA Lesson
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