"I have nothing but the highest praise for The Cinematheque's workshops ... They have been a massive success with our students, and an inspiration for our teachers."
English Teacher (Point Grey Secondary, Vancouver)
Our media literacy workshops combine games, discussions, and exercises that encourage participants to expand their visual, cultural, and critical literacy. The Cinematheque recognizes the increasing role of audio-visual communications in our daily lives, and encourages participants to connect big ideas about identity, culture and media, to their everyday experiences. We present exciting and contemporary clips and images for participants to analyze, in order to discuss many different forms of media: from film, television, and YouTube to news, websites, and advertising.
Everyday we are making decisions about what kinds of media we’re going to consume – what YouTube videos, Instagram accounts, ads we’re going to watch. But what messages are we being fed in our media diet, and how do they impact us? By considering key explorations of our hyper consumer environment, this workshop engages participants to reflect upon the role media plays in influencing perceptions of ourselves, and the world around us.
What information is real, and what is fake? In a constantly changing and aggressive media landscape, it is increasingly difficult to decide which information is trustworthy. This workshop provides participants with the tools necessary to tackle information, journalism, and media in the contemporary Digital Age.
Gender in Media
From cinema screens to tablets and phones, gender and sexuality dominate the screens around us, promoting stereotypes that carry with them cultural meanings and expectations. But male and female are complex – even overlapping – categories, and we need to be able to deconstruct these simplistic pop culture representations, which can lead to sexism and discrimination.
Social Media and the Future
What are the merits and drawbacks of a life interfaced with the web? How does the digital world affect our identity, self-image, experiences, and relationships? Through the analysis of clips and real data, this workshop explores the complexity of the relationship between social media and reality, and foster in the participants a critical approach to the definition of their identity.
Learning by doing is a great way to understand new ideas. The Cinematheque uses some of the first animation devices (zoetrope, thaumatrope, etc.) to help young students in exploring key concepts linked with moving images. The participants draw their own animation paper stripes, and discover what works best to create a 1 second animation. Highly interactive and fun, these workshops are the ideal starting point to foster a critical approach to visual culture.
“It is the first Pro-D in years where I didn't even look at my watch or fall asleep ... I couldn't believe we were still there after 3pm, and wanted to stay for more! It was so worthwhile; we'd love to have you again!"
Elementary Teacher, Vancouver School Board
Trying to figure out ways to implement the new B.C. curriculum? The Cinematheque offers professional development for teachers and child- or youth-care workers with a variety of stimulating workshops both technical and analytical.