Camera-less Animation

Rooftop Arts Coordinator Amy Balsbaugh worked with Mr. Roger’s 4th grade classroom to create “Ku-Ka-Illuminoku,” a stop-motion animated film using celluloid film strips, thumbtacks, Sharpie markers, and an old-school projector.

This camera-less technique was the perfect way to illuminate students’ interest in analog and digital film projects. As you’ll hear in Amy’s “In the Classroom” interview with KQED, there were a lot of “Oohs and aahs.”


The Blue Marble Project

Rooftop Alternative K-8 School is traveling all over our Wonderful World with a little help from our friends, families and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols’ Blue Marble Projecthttp://www.bluemarbles.org

Help us to make the world a little smaller, as we teach our students how to help our Ocean Planet.

Student in the computer lab are learning about geography, mapping, ocean conservation and more, through The Blue Marble Project.  Our friends are helping by sharing their adventures through photographs and correspondence.

When you get your Blue Marble, you’ll know what to do!  Think about what the ocean means to you, and what you can do to live like you love the ocean.  Share your thoughts and adventures with your friends at Rooftop.  When you are ready, pass your Blue Marble on to someone new, with the instructions that they should do the same.

Shadow Puppets

2010 Family Art Workshop: Shadow Puppetry

Artists extraordinaire Aiko Cuneo, founder of the Rooftop Art Program, and Lilli Lanier led the Rooftop kindergarteners and their families in a shadow puppet workshop in conjunction with the 2010 art study “Art Is… Illumination.”  Families came together with art to play with light and shadow for a magical evening.

Rooftop’s 2010 Kindergarten Family Art Night was held on September 16th at Rooftop’s Burnett Campus.