Music-Video Illustration Techniques with Mary Amato and Barrett Jones

Sep 9 - Oct 5

Time: Monday and Wednesdays 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Starts: September 09, 2015 - October 05, 2015

Gadget Lab is going arty with new workshops in music and visual arts. This inaugural offering features instruction by award winning author Mary Amato and longtime videographer and musician Barrett Jones.

In this eight session workshop you’ll:

  • Discover how a STEM-related topic can be used as a metaphor for a song.
  • Experiment with 2-D images that will be used to illustrate the science behind one of Mary Amato’s STEM-related songs using cut paper, collage, theatrical gels, and other materials.
  • Try various art and  animation techniques, such as paper engineering, stop-action animation, and illumination to explore ways of illustrating the song.
  • Decide on the techniques and make a rough storyboard.

The finished product will be a music-video that will have a combination of short stop-action and live action sequences (all with cut-paper objects), edited together with the mp3 of the song as the soundtrack.  The resulting video will be Gadget Lab’s first YouTube video.  (Student credits will be first name only).

(Please note: For the last three sessions you’ll need a cell phone with a camera or digital camera.  I have three extra cameras I can loan out so it’s not critical that you bring your own.)

Meets Monday and Wednesdays – Ages 11 and Up

Minimum: 6 Students, Maximum: 8 Students


Mary Amato

mary library portrait nj emailMary Amato is an award-winning author, singer-songwriter, poet, playwright, and theater artist. Her chapter books and novels for children and young adults have been optioned for television and the Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs and have been translated into numerous foreign languages. Her songs have been featured on MPT, WAMU, and in many of her books. She is also a cut-paper puppeteer and the co-founder of Firefly Shadow Theater, now based in MA.


Barrett Jones

Barrett Jones 2015Barrett Jones Barrett Jones is a maker educator based in Washington, DC. He is the founder of Beat Club (, a digital music education lab.He also teaches video storytelling at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Barrett has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Information Science from the University of California – Los Angeles

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