Aotearoa Creativity Awards

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Recognise and Grow Your Young Creatives with a $600.00 Scholarship

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 What does the scholarship give the participant?

Reward Your Creatives.

  • $600.00 Scholarship the the Aotearoa Creativity Series
  • Learn Device Based Visual Storytelling
    • two different week long online summer workshops
      • One simplified intro to cellphonography
      • One master class with some of New Zealand's Most Awarded Visual Storytellers
    • or they can choose a year-long creative digital mentorship
    • or all three.
  • You will get a certificate you can give to the student at prize giving this year.

Who is it for?

  • Your creative Year 7-10's
  • Keen learners who are often drawing, tinkering, or photographing
  • It could also be a good fit for that student that is creative but might not thrive as well in the school environment

What do they learn?

  • How to use their devices to tell more powerful visual stories.
  • Composition skills useful in any artform
  • How to use a cellphone like a DSLR camera.
  • They learn photography from New Zealand's top photographers and from each other
  • They learn how to give compassionate critical feedback to each other on their images to help each other grow.
  • How to utilize free AI tools to enhance their imagery and exponentially expand their storytelling capacity
  • Creative Grit and resilience tools necessary for creative mastery.

What gear do they need?

  • They need access to a device with a camera, either a phone or a tablet over summer.

Reward Your Most Innovative Teachers

A scholarship for Professional Development for a life long learner at your school who is passionate about teaching creativity, innovation, and wellbeing skills to students.

They will

  • Have the option to pick and choose what workshops are useful for them and attend the ones that speak to them.
  • Learn about the intersection between Innovation and Wellbeing.
  • Join a national network of Innovative teachers around the country
  • Upskill in using digital and creative artificial intelligence technology to enhance innovation capacity in their students.
  • Create space and enhance their own creative practice.
  • Learn a philosophy of Embodied Creativity which helps with removing creative blocks from students.

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Funding for your schools scholarships is made available by a combination of funding from:

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Are Your Teachers and Students More Creative than a Robot?

AI is rapidly changing the face of the creative world.  Help your rangatahi and staff to embrace the changes ahead.

In this summer series we explore art created with digital devices.   It is all about visual storytelling and adapting to the rapidly changing creative scene.

(Can you identify the number of images in this website created by hand vs. those created in one minute by AI?)

When the camera was invented the artists cried that it was the death of art.  Since the new AI generators like Midjourney have come on the scene the same cries have been issued all over the internet.  As tide is turning your school can either learn to go with the flow  get lost in the churn.

This summer is about learning the values and skills needed to gracefully surf the tsunami of innovation heading our way.

Is human art threatened? Nah...It's just transitioning to cooler tools.

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Visual Storytelling Bootcamp

(16-21 Jan 2023)

  • Learn composition skills that can help with any form of visual storytelling
    • Painting
    • Graphic / architectural / landscape Design
    • Photography
    • Game design
    • Filmmaking
  • Taught using device photography but participants can answer the challenges in any medium that speaks to them.
  • You will learn the basics of cellphone photography (gateway art to many other forms)
  • Workshop held online via zoom and national chat room.
  • How it runs:
    • Daily zoom workshop
    • Daily creative challenges
    • As a group we will be collectively creating a reference book on Visual Storytelling Techniques and winning images will be used as illustrations in the book.  The book will be made available free online to schools and libraries to use as a reference.
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Creative Photography Master Class Series (23-28 Jan 2023)

New Zealand's Top Photographers share their gifts

  • Tony Carter (Gritty Documentary)**
  • Richard Wood (Virtual Reality folded into photography)**
  • Esther Bunning (Passion Portraiture)*
  • Katherine Williams (The power of Passion Projects)**
  • Amber Griffiths (Dance and Music Photography)
  • Mandi Lynn (Operating at the junction of AI, Digital Art, and Photography)
  • More Coming

* Has won New Zealand Photographer of the Year

** Has won New Zealand's Photographer of the Year Multiple times

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Year of Creative Collaboration and Mentorship 2023

 

  • Set yourself up for a career as a creative
  • Contribute to a collective youth photography exhibition.
  • Learn the Embodied Creativity framework to improve your ability to see your ideas through to completion.
  • Co-Develop a national creative community of young artists
  • Deepen your visual storytelling skills
  • Have an opportunity to create or write for New Zealand's Coolest by Youth for Youth Magazine -   Create Happy Magazine    

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3 Phases of the Scholarship for Teachers  / Librarians / Youth workers

*** Educators can choose to take the whole series or drop in for classes that are most relevant to their learning needs.

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Visual Storytelling Bootcamp

(16-21 Jan 2023)

  • Learn composition skills that can help with any form of visual storytelling
    • Painting
    • Graphic / architectural / landscape Design
    • Photography
    • Game design
    • Filmmaking
  • Taught using device photography but participants can answer the challenges in any medium that speaks to them.
  • You will learn the basics of cellphone photography (gateway art to many other forms) and how to composite with AI generated imagery.
  • Workshop held online via zoom and in a national chat room.
  • How it runs:
    • Daily zoom workshop
    • Daily creative challenges
    • As a group we will be collectively creating a reference book on Visual Storytelling Techniques and winning images will be used as illustrations in the book.  The book will be made available free online to schools and libraries to use as a reference.
  • Focus is on device mastery, composition, and post production

This series is taught on a phone or tablet or Ipad.

 

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Creative Photography Master Class Series (23-28 Jan 2023)

New Zealand's Top Photographers share their gifts

Upgrade your own Visual Storytelling skillsets with some of New Zealand's most gifted artists.

  • Tony Carter (Gritty Documentary)**
  • Richard Wood (Virtual Reality folded into photography)**
  • Esther Bunning (Passion Portraiture)*
  • Katherine Williams (The power of Passion Projects)**
  • Amber Griffiths (Dance and Music Photography)
  • Mandi Lynn (Working at the junction of AI generators, Photography, and Digital art)
  • More Coming

* Has won New Zealand Photographer of the Year

** Has won New Zealand's Photographer of the Year Multiple times

 

Manual Settings Master Class for those with DSLR Cameras

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Innovation + Wellbeing Collective

The NZ Creative Schools index shows that at the time in history where we most need innovative resilient thinkers, we are actually watching a decline in creative skills as our students progress through the NZ education system.  Link 

However we have a group of amazing creative innovative teachers and librarians and creative youth workers around the country working our magic individually, but if we gather together collectively, with aroha, magical things can happen.

  • Bi monthly pragmatic useful zooms to share resources, challenges, workarounds, and success stories
  • Option to train in the Embodied Creativity Framework that underpins the Create Happy Program (so you can better help students to effectively bring their ideas to life).
  • Done for you Visual Storytelling and Wellbeing content for years 7+8 and years 9+10.
  • Chance to have your students contribute to a national photography exhibition.
  • Improve or resuscitate your own creative practice in a series of personal creative challenges and shared passion projects.
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14 images on this webpage were generated with a mixture of MidJourney AI image generator, CANVA, and photoshop.    In years past this would have taken weeks to create this level of supporting imagery.  Or cost a fortune in royalties for image use.  Instead it took an afternoon and an evening of  experimental work and was free.

The creative world is changing dramatically and as educators we are tasked with the strange job of preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist.  Over 65% of current jobs are expected to be taken over by AI by the time our primary students graduate.  But this isn't a cause for sadness, it is a time for celebration.  A chance for reinvention and reevaluation of the systems and impact our working life can make.  That is if we learn to embrace the tools that are daily being created to help us to shape that future.

Happy navigation of these rapidly changing waters will only happen at the junction of wellbeing and innovation.  The Aotearoa Creative Awards series is designed to create a national network of Innovative educators and community members.  Life long learners who can lead by example how to consider, adapt, and make a difference.

Register Here

Read about the precursor to this program in the Education Gazette


Dive into what is possible

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If this is what an AI image generator can create in its infancy...what is coming next?

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Aotearoa Creativity Awards

Updated on 2022-09-13T08:13:00+12:00, by Mandi.