Friday, June 29, 2007

Adventures in Media Day 9: KDHX

(All the contents of this post were created by the Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Due to technical difficulties, we do not have photographs for Day 9.)

Today we took a field trip to KDHX TV station. We made 3 talk-show style shows which we made up on the spot. Each person played a different role in the production crew. We switched off roles as actors, directors, camera crew, light engineer, and sound engineer. It required a lot of teamwork, and everyone worked very well together.

Then we went to KDHX radio. The tour was short but interesting. We saw behind the scenes of a live radio broadcast. We learned the importance of isolating sound and talked about how musicians can get their music played on the radio.

Everyone learned something new and enjoyed different parts of the day:
Kalin learned that he used to live by the radio station, but he never knew it was there.
Rachel learned how to use the switchboard at the TV station.
Constance was a good director.
Tyler learned that it took many lights and cameras to get a shot.
Terrell's favorite part of the day was "The Whitney Houston Show."
Kanazia liked acting in front of the camera.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Adventures in Media Day 8: That's a wrap!

(All the contents of this post were created by the Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Day 8 photographer: Dylan. Witty title: Rachel)

Today we finished shooting the commercial for Crunk Bars. Then we played prisoner's ball (a game similar to dodge ball) that Tim especially liked. We watched an educational movie on teen media and "cool." Then while we ate lunch, Robert and Tim played chess:

The acting game we played was fun! We created scenes where we had to decide Who, What, Where, When, and Why.
Our last activity was to make a newscast on the pros and cons of soda machines in schools. Dylan and Rachel gave an exhilirating and heartbraking performance as newscasters.
Rachel and Dylan doing action news:

Our group:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Adventures in Media Day 7: Movie Stars

(All the contents of this post were created by the Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Day 7 photographer: Tim. Witty title: Rachel)

Today, we worked on our commercials and music videos. We practiced, produced, and directed. We also played Freeze.

Hot Mama Kalin:

Getting Crunk (editor's note: although "crunk" was originally derived from "crazy drunk", our teens and their peers associate crunk with being hyped and in a good mood, and not with alcohol. Language is always evolving.):

Monday, June 25, 2007

Adventures in Media Day 6: Let's start acting! Sponsored by Fresh Image Productions and Mineral Productions

(All the contents of this post were created by the Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Day 6 photographer: Connie. Witty title: group effort)

We did a lot of things today. First of all, we had two new teachers, Aurelie and Robert. They were nice and cool. In the morning, we made our very own production companies. Kalin, Rachel, Connie, and Kenazia's production company is called Fresh Image, and their slogan is, "Get Fresh, Get Crunk (hyped up)." They are producing a commercial for Crunk bars starring rapper "Killa Kale."

Dylan, Jelenda, Kierra, Chelsea, and Tim's production company is called Mineral Productions, and their message is "Get up n' get out!" They are producing a music video with rapping, singing, and dancing.

We took a break from producing to play kickball, eat lunch, and watch Supersize Me.

The group playing kickball and having fun:

Then we played acting games to learn how to become different characters so we are more comfortable in front of the camera.

For the rest of the afternoon, we worked on storyboarding for our videos. Kenazia is excited that we are finally getting into media more. Kalin's favorite part was making the production companies.

Playing an acting game:

A group working very hard on their storyboard:

Adventures in Media Day 5: Fun in the Sun

(All the contents of this post were created by the Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Day 5 photographer: Kalin. Witty title: Rachel)

Today we took a field trip to the Clayton Schnucks and did another scavenger hunt. We found over 100 fruits and vegetables, compared to 4 fruits and vegetables yesterday at the convenience store. Then we went to Forest park. It was hot! In the afternoon, we made posters to hang at the North City Farmer's Market.

In Forest Park:

It was hot in the sun. We needed some Shiznit water:

In our bonding time, we remade a video:

Friday, June 22, 2007

Adventures in Media Day 4: Quick Quesadillas

(All the contents of this post were created by the Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Day 4 photographer: Terrell. Witty title: Chelsea)

Today, we went to New Roots in the morning. We learned all about vitamins, minerals, cholesterol, fats, sugars, proteins, and carbohydrates. We learned how many serving of various foods are recommended each day. You should avoid too much cholesterol, fats, and too much protein, but it is important to eat some...just not too much.

Tim helped make fruit smoothies. We each made our own quesadilla for lunch. Cuttin' up collared greens:

Cookin' the quesadilla:
The quesadillas were great:
Relaxing after a full stomach:
After we left New Roots, we went on a scavenger hunt at a local market/convenience store. This is the main market in this part of town. They only had one fresh fruit: gross tomatoes. They had much more unhealthy foods than healthy foods. Dylan found cereals that were all sugar and fat.

After the scavenger hunt, we walked back to The Urban Studio and watched some more of Super Size Me. In the movie, they showed that some marketing images like Ronald McDonald are more easily recognized than images of George Bush or Jesus. After that, we played 3-line improv to learn better ways of acting. At the end of the day, we chose photos and molded the blog:

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Adventures in Media Day 3: The Program Begins to Sprout

(All the contents of this post were created by the Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Day 3 photographer: Rachel & Constance. Witty title: Tyler)

This morning, we watched a DVD of the commercials we made yesterday. Some were better than others. The best commercials were the ones where the actors had the best relationships off camera. The best commercials also had better scripts.

We watched part of Super Size Me which made us think more about what we eat at McDonalds and other fast food restaurants. It was nasty.

We then walked down the street to a park to play kickball. After kickball, we walked back to The Urban Studio to eat lunch.

After lunch, we walked to New Roots Urban Farm where we planted melon seeds and harvested sprouts. We had a good conversation at New Roots about what we would do if we had a lot of money. Kierra said that she would give it back to her community. Tim said that he would make sure to share it with his family because his family has already shared so much with him.

Snipping the fresh sunflower sprouts:

Herbert Hoover counselor Erica and Kanazia separating the shells from the sprouts:

Teen geniuses help harvest broccoli:

Adventures in Media Day 2: Acting it Out

(All the contents of this post were created by The Adventures in Media teen participants including the title, all photographs, and the text. Day 2 photographer: Kierra)

We started the day with acting exercises to loosen up and get more comfortable acting in front of each other. We played a game called The Blob where we practiced portraying scenes and relationships between characters (example: coach and team member, teacher and student) with body language along--no speaking. Below, Rachel and Jelenda laughing as they play The Blob.

Miss Bev Hacker from KDHX came and showed us videos about food and how it's portrayed in the media. We then split into groups and wrote and acted in commercials where we were selling healthy drinks. As we were filming each commercial, the others groups waited patiently outside the studio (below).

We took a break from acting to play 4-square on the 14th Street Mall.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Adventures in Media Teen Camp Begins!

Today we kicked off the 2-week Adventures in Media Teen Program sponsored by Trailnet, KDHX, and The Urban Studio. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, these teens are going to be learning all about media, how it is produced, and how it affects their lives. In particular, the program focuses on how media affects the foods that we eat. By the end of the camp, the teens will produce videos that we will post to this blog and to YouTube, they will create print media, and they will have had an opportunity to visit the KDHX radio and TV stations.

Since this is a media camp, we are going to be asking our teen participants to create a blog entry each day. They will be responsible for all parts of the process: taking the pictures throughout the day, selecting which pictures to post, and writing the text. For the next 2 weeks, this blog will be almost exclusively dedicated to the teens in this program. Check back daily for new entries and new pictures. Additionally, we are making it a goal to increase the readership of this blog over the course of the next 2 weeks. Afterall, what is media without an audience?! Our blog currently has just over 4200 page visits. Our goal will be to reach 5200 page visits by the end of the camp--an additional 1000 visits in 2 weeks. We need your help: pass this link along to friends, family, and co-workers. Each time someone visits this site, the hit counter will add a number.

OK, back to the first day: the teens spent the morning doing a variety of activities to get to know each other, creating a class agreement for what they expect from each other and from their teachers, and learning about the very basics of media. After lunch, they headed to the New Roots Urban Farm to see food growing straight up out of the ground. They had an opportunity to harvest some produce and start their own bed of sprouts. (See the pictures below)

And from here, we're going to turn it over to the teens.

(The following photos were taken by Tyler)
Preparing healthy lunches:

Planting sprout at New Roots Urban Farm:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Urban Studio Party Pic!

Eclectic people + Hot music courtesy of St. Louis superstar DJ Trackstar = a great party! Saturday, June 9 The Urban Studio Summer Party Series had its second event of the season to raise money for upcoming summer programs. Thanks to all the friends and neighbors who came out and spent the evening with us! If you missed the party, do not fret- there will be more events to come. Check back soon for dates/times!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Urban Studio Mural finds a home on the 14th Street Mall

A Vision Realized

If you happened to visit the Old North Farmer's Market last Saturday morning, you probably noticed a curious pile of colorful wooden pieces next to a plywood wall with graffiti. If you come next Saturday, you will see a vibrant mural masterpiece in its place! Nearly 150 individual wooden pieces were originally painted by St. Louis youth at Art Outside last September. With the help of market-goers young and old, we re-assembled the mural like a big puzzle during the farmers' market to reveal a vibrant image representing the regrowth and revitalization of our near-north side community. Join us next Saturday, 9am-1pm, at the farmers' market to see this gorgeous mural for yourself! The market is located across from Crown Candy Kitchen at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 14th Street.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Blow bubbles with The Urban Studio at the Old North St. Louis Farmer's Market!

The Urban Studio is creating a gathering space for market-goers young and old to mingle, play, and create while shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, coffee, and more. To build on the energy of this great market, located half a block from our storefront, we are setting up chess & checkers games, sidewalk chalk for artists of all sizes, bubbles, juggling balls, hoola hoops, face paint, and more. We will also be hosting various special events throughout the summer starting June 9 with the installation of our puzzle mural (see the Let There Be Murals post for pictures). So come on out, shop for your weekly produce, sip a cup of coffee, play a game of chess, and try your hands at juggling.

Where: In Old North St. Louis, across from Crown Candy Kitchen on the 14th Street Mall (St. Louis Ave and 14th Street)

When: Every Saturday morning, 9am-1pm, June 1 - October!

Upcoming Summer Programs!!

The Urban Studio is thrilled to be offering three summer programs for youth ages 11-15! The summer programs are 2-week sessions, free of charge to participants. Lunch is provided each day, as well as transportation during the day. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from The Urban Studio.

If you are interested in enrolling your child or would like more information, please contact Claire Wolff at

Picture the Future Summer Photography Program

Session 1: July 16- 27 (Monday-Friday) * 9am-2pm * Ages 13-15 * FREE
Session 2: July 30- August 10 (Monday-Friday) * 9am-2pm * Ages 11-13 * FREE

Picture the Future is a creative/experiential summer program that weaves the skills of black and white film photography together with exploration of self-identity, family, community, and dreams. Throughout the two week session, participants will learn to develop their own film, print pictures, and even make their own cameras! We will venture out into the community to local spots such as the Contemporary Art Museum, the Arch, and the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing in search of inspiration for our pictures. The program will culminate with a show of all the participant’s best photographs at the end of two weeks. We provide the camera and film, you provide the creativity and vision!

Adventures in Media: Making and Creating through Radio, TV, and Photography**
June 18-June 29 (Monday-Friday) * 9am-3pm * Ages 13-15 * FREE

Adventures in Media is an exciting, field-trip based exploration of food and nutrition through TV, radio, and photography. In order to discover how culture, food, and media affects us, we will be taking trips to radio stations, TV stations, urban farms, and grocery stores. The participants will also create their own media by performing skits and raps, designing posters, and ultimately making a video that will be posted to Youtube. Come prepared with plenty of creativity and energy because these two weeks will be packed with exploration and adventures in media. Light breakfast and lunch provided each day.

**This program is being offered through a partnership with:
New Roots Urban Farm,

If you are interested in enrolling your child or would like more information, please contact Claire Wolff at

Party Saturday, June 9th with DJ Trackstar

Work hard, play hard. It's that simple. Plus, we've got a lot to celebrate.

This Saturday night, we will definitely be playing hard! Join us from 7pm-10pm at The Urban Studio for a night of music and some paintbrush graffiti. We'll be celebrating the installation of our most recent mural (for photos check out the Let There Be Murals post). Hometown favorite DJ Trackstar will be working his nimble fingers on the turntables, spinning a head spinning basket of grooves. And lest we forget, the drinks will be flowing. We'll be serving beers, Old North martinis (can of beer with an olive dropped in), and fruit juices for the non-alcoholic crowd. Suggested donations of $5-20 are welcome to support our work. 100% of the proceeds will go to supporting the Urban Studio summer programs including Picture the Future and the Adventures in Media camp.

What: Party
When: 7-10pm, Saturday June 9th
Where: The Urban Studio, 2815 N 14th Street

Check out Trackstar's stuff:

Thanks to everyone who came out for our last fundraiser party- it was a great success!!!