Movie making, scrapbooking, yoga, art and edible science were just some of the courses offered this past week during the Dempsey Middle School Enrichment Academy.
In the film and video course, Instructor Thomas Hering said students had to come up with a video idea, shoot and act in the video, edit the video, and premiere the video to their parents and fellow students.
“The goal was to have them learn film production process from idea to premiere,” Hering said.
Hering said the only limit on the student’s productions was that they had to make sense within the context of a school, since that’s where students would be filming.
The films ranged in subject from a science experiment turning students into zombies to a story about a student trying to steal a test from his teacher to cheat and being caught.
One pair of students, Carter Sharp and and Sam Bruskotter, seventh-graders, wrote and filmed a video called “The Yawn” about a student who yawns once and sees it spread to other people. Sharp said the punchline is that one person at the end doesn’t yawn and is told that psychopaths aren’t effected by other people’s yawns.
“The joke is that he’s a psychopath…” Sharp said. “It’s so bad that it’s funny.”
Bruskotter said he had filmed some things before but had never used real video cameras or editing software. The students also acted in each other’s videos and got to find and edit in music for their projects.
Hering said the students worked on the videos for a week, and the results were better than he hoped.
“It was awesome!” Hering said. “They completely exceeded my expectations. I’m almost moved to tears. Seeing them come up with ideas and work together. I didn’t think this could happen. It was a good week.”
Elsewhere in Dempsey, the atmosphere was low key as instructor Sarah DeLong led students in a weeklong yoga course where students learned poses and techniques to relax.
“I wanted them to learn some types of strategies to calm down or reset,” DeLong said. “It went really well!”
DeLong said students learned resting poses and some basic meditation and mindfulness.
Bailey Cooper, a third-grade student in the course, said she signed up because she gets anxious sometimes and thought the course would help her overcome that. Her classmate, Sydney Lewis, a first-grader, said she did gymnastics and thought she could get better by learning some yoga techniques.
Students in the scrapbooking 101 course committed memories to paper and worked on designing their own scrapbook pages with the help of instructor Megan Pollock.
Pollock said students got to use a Cricket machine to make paper figures for the scrapbooks, made a bookmark, and learned how to use embellishments to make their pages more interesting.
“If it’s not in your scrapbook, it didn’t happen,” Pollock joked. “It went really well. It’s a very active hobby about keeping your memories alive. It’s really fun.”
Gretchen Bullwinkle, a third-grader, said she signed up because she had an interest in scrapbooking and “wanted to learn a few things.”
“I enjoyed it a lot!” Bullwinkle said. “I would do it again in the future.” She added that her favorite part of the week was making a paper doll of herself for the scrapbook.
Jessica Huddleston took the scrapbooking course last year and signed up for a second time to gain more techniques and experience.
“I liked learning about how to make borders and organize my scrapbook,” Huddleston said. “I’m going to keep doing it and make more advanced pages.”
The Summer Enrichment Camp was three hours each day with sessions in the morning and the afternoon. The camp concluded Friday.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.