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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Assignment: Art gallery

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques. Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

Assignment: Art gallery
Create a portfolio of artwork and present it in an interesting environment. This could be the student’s own work, the work of an artist being studied, or a theme.

Students can then vote on each others’ galleries and pick the most popular.

This method can be used in other subjects to as a documentary style approach: for example, a gallery of images from the Blitz in World War Two would be a powerful way to present that historical period.


Suggested techniques
Have a presenter walk around and talk about the artwork.

Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you’re saying.

Add appropriate background music to create atmosphere, and ensure you have a striking title sequence.

Add in sections with people talking about the artwork and why they like it, interviews with the artists, commentaries from art experts, etc.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This provides an interesting and engaging approach, and requires the student to think about context and placement of groups of art, not just individual pieces in isolation.
  • Creating themes requires the student to research, compare and contrast different items.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups or solo
  • Art

Downloadable resources

Click the link to download a Moviestorm movie template.


Installation instructions:

Download the file and extract the zip folder to this location:


Vista, Windows 7, Macs: [Username]/Moviestorm/Movies


Windows XP: C:/Documents and Settings/[Username]/Moviestorm/Movies


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