In-School: POPS

Remote and In Control: Spy Hop Live in Your Classroom

Due to COVID-19 limitations, Spy Hop POPS Intensives for fall 2020 are offered in two formats: Video tutorials known as The Spy Hop Art Shop and Zoom-led Intensive Workshops. Spy Hop Art Shop is an extension of Spy Hop’s POPS curriculum and the video tutorials are available to everyone at any time! Alternatively, teachers or community members may schedule online Zoom & Video Tutorial Intensive Workshop sessions for groups of students up to 10 in any of the listed subject matter. Please email Adam Sherlock, Director of Community Programs to learn more and schedule a customized online lesson, or choose from the options below!

Follow-Along Video Tutorials: Spy Hop Art Shop

The Spy Hop Art Shop provides on-demand video tutorials for hands-on STEAM based art projects. Our professional artist mentors have created easy to follow videos that provide an engaging step-by-step process to make cool stuff! The choice is yours; you can watch just one video, or tune in for an on-going series.

Zoom Intensive Workshops

These STEAM based Digital Media Intensives introduce smaller groups of students (up to 10) to professional audio, design, animation, film production, and more! The goal for each student is to produce a complete piece of media by the end of the workshop. Spy Hop teaching artists work closely with teachers throughout the workshop to produce unique experiences that are tailored to the curriculum and thematic needs of the class. These Zoom led intensives are offered for grades 5 and above, and are typically comprised of 3 to 4 one-hour long sessions. Student’s work will be shared publicly online, and students are given the opportunity to showcase and curate their projects. By nature, these programs produce widely varied experiences for students and teachers, and a variety of finished media arts projects.

Spy Hop Intensive Options

The Filmmaking Intensive walks students through the entire process of film production, beginning with an idea and culminating in a finished project. Students are challenged to write scripts and shot lists, and create storyboards. Once their pre-production is finished, students are mentored, and are walked through the editing process, using free web-based programs, in order to arrange and tell their stories.

Materials & Gear Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Computer
  • Camera or smartphone
  • Paper & Pencil

The Beatmaking Intensive is designed to walk students through the process of creating their own electronic music creations! Students will learn how to use a browser-based music app to create their own electronic music and beats.

Materials & Gear Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Computer or smartphone

The Stop Motion Intensive is inspired by the phrase “Motion Picture”, which comes from the very beginning of filmmaking when artists would compile multiple photos together to create motion. During this intensive, students learn the basics of stop motion using a free editing app, downloadable on all smartphones.

Materials & Gear Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Computer
  • Camera or smartphone
  • Construction paper & basic craft supplies

In the Video Game Intensive, students will learn how to make their own video game using drag and drop tools. Students will learn programming basics and create a character that can jump, run, pick up coins and make a world to explore! No software is necessary as the class will use a free and easy to navigate web based program called Flowlab.

Materials & Gear Needed:

  • Internet
  • Computer

The Podcasting Intensive challenges students to tell their stories and share their knowledge through only sound. The class first introduces the concept of story structure. Working closely with teachers, Spy Hop mentors guide students through what it means to create a story with arc, as well as how and why to engage in conversations surrounding their topic of choice. Using free online software, students become experts in the technical skills required to create a professional podcast. Each student ends the intensive with a finished podcast episode. Teachers are also left with the skillset to continue using podcasts in the classroom.

Materials & Gear Needed:

  • Internet acces
  • Computer or smartphone
  • Paper & Pencil