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Visual Storytelling Club

by Jennifer Chatsick

The Visual Storytelling Club is an optional, extracurricular activity for Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) students. The Visual Storytelling Club collaborated with Humber’s Film & Television program to create this short film exploring what the Visual Storytelling Club is and why students like it. The film features Visual Storytelling Club participants from the 2012/2013 academic year, as well as the Club’s creators and facilitators, Anne Zbitnew (School of Media Studies) and Jennifer Chatsick (School of Health Sciences).

The Visual Storytelling Club was created by Anne Zbitnew (School of Media Studies) and Jennifer Chatsick (School of Health Sciences) and has been operating since 2009. The original concept was to provide a forum for CICE students to create and engage in art; art for fun, art as a form of self-expression and art as a way of communicating with the world. Each year students in the Visual Storytelling Club meet for 2 hours a week over 10 weeks and make art.  Over the years the club has explored a variety art forms from collage to painting or drawing with art apps on iPads. This year the Visual Storytelling Club collaborated with faculty and students from Humber’s Film & Television program to explore filmmaking as an art form. The result was the creation of two short films. While the Visual Storytelling Club participants were using iPads to create their own film exploring ‘what is art?’, students from the Film and Television program were creating a film about the Visual Storytelling Club. The film made about the Visual Storytelling Club is available for viewing on the School of Health Sciences website.