The British Film Institute

By Arkenberg, Rebecca | School Arts, May-June 2006 | Go to article overview

The British Film Institute


Arkenberg, Rebecca, School Arts


www.bfi.org.uk/education/ teaching/

Film, television, and video are part of today's visual culture, and incorporating the moving image into an art classroom can engage students while building media literacy. The British Film Institute's Web site explores various gateways into the study of film, and while many of the teacher resources on this site must be ordered, two downloadable PDFs (require Adobe Acrobat Reader) provide basic strategies for working with film, along with suggestions for each area of the curriculum, including visual arts.

"Look Again" is designed for ages three to eleven, and a representative strategy involves stopping the action of a film and asking the following questions: "What and/ or who can you see in the shot?" "Where do you think the camera is?" "What can you tell about the time/place/setting?" "What can you tell about the characters from how they are dressed?" These are much like questions one could ask students looking at a painting, for example. …

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