Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Awards is known for the Oscar awards among the public and filmmakers, but actually it is a non-profit organization that offers several interesting programs. We will address Academy Awards activities in three articles. In this second section we tell you about Teacher Guide Series & Spark
Teachers Guide Series
The Academy produces a series of guides for middle and high school teachers to facilitate the classroom exploration of the art and science of motion pictures. The activities are designed to tap students’ interest in film and the excitement of the Academy Awards to teach common core-related principles such as critical thinking, creative writing, and visual literacy.
Each guide is available in its entirety to download and print:
COMPLETE ANIMATION ACTIVITIES GUIDE
COMPLETE ART DIRECTION ACTIVITIES GUIDE
COMPLETE COSTUMES DESIGN ACTIVITIES GUIDE [ENGLISH]
COMPLETE COSTUMES DESIGN ACTIVITIES GUIDE [SPANISH]
COSTUMES AND MAKEUP
COSTUMES AND MAKEUP ACTIVITES GUIDE
COMPLETE DOCUMENTARIES ACTIVITIES GUIDE
COMPLETE FILM EDITING ACTIVITIES GUIDE
COMPLETE SCREENWRITING ACTIVITIES GUIDE
SOUND AND MUSIC
COMPLETE SOUND AND MUSIC ACTIVITIES GUIDE
COMPLETE VISUAL EFFECTS ACTIVITIES GUIDE
Spark & The Academy
A program partner since 2013, Spark is a national nonprofit providing life-changing apprenticeships to middle school youth from underserved communities. Spark @ the Academy engages, educates, and inspires underserved students through a unique mentoring program comprising all aspects of filmmaking.
Students attend screenings and Q&As with filmmakers, receive behind-the-scenes tours of the Academy, and visit the Academy Archive to learn about film preservation. They also attend workshops on topics including storyboarding, movie-making with iPads, and green screen demonstrations.
Spark @ The Academy students have worked with producers, screenwriters, directors, casting directors, actors, costume designers, and marketing professionals to write screenplays and short stories, design costumes, produce documentaries, animated shorts, live action shorts, marketing campaigns and other projects.