Thursday, February 5, 2009

Education/TBAR: Classics Animated

I remember fondly the Classics Illustrated comic books I read as a child. I think a Classics Animated Project would be a fabulous project tying together education, technology, and business. I had previously mentioned a 3-D programming software tool, Alice, that is free from Carnegie Mellon University. So many classic works of literature are in the public domain, public school students could create animated versions of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Shakespeare's plays. The schools could sell the resulting works to the public and make them available for free to the school students. The students would gain worthwhile job skills, and would contribute to developing an entrepreneurial animation industry. Rooster Teeth in Austin has already gotten national attention.

Creative links between education, the arts, and business will lead to a Texas Business and Arts Renaissance (TBAR) and contribute to making Texas Ascendant.

Robert Canright

PS: There is also a "Story Telling Alice" free software package intended for middle school children.

1 comment:

comics4kids said...

Great son is really keen on (basic) animation. So I've got him Comic Life software and a set of the new Classics Illustrated and I'm hoping that this is the start of something big!!