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April was a busy month at Advanced Arts, which it always is, as April is a big prep month for our annual Spring Showcase! Our students continued to excel. Numerous students got work accepted into ACVA, and three of our AAP Students got their work accepted into Art On The Mart's new Spring Exhibition featuring CPS High School Seniors. Congratulations to Victoria Mak of Drawing & Painting, Sofia Marie Dimas of Modern Band, and Henry De Luca of Animation & Sequential Arts for getting work accepted into this highly exclusive show. Let's see what our classes were up to this past month in full Showcase Preparation Mode!
Animation & Sequential Arts
Our First-Year students continued to work in the Program Aseprite within the Pixel Art Genre. They learned how to break down walk and run cycles to their base forms. Students had to also analyze how to apply the 12 Principles of Animation to their work create some cycles of their own. Before creating their walk and run cycles, students had to translate their Hero & Villain Characters into the Pixel Art Genre. It was an excellent exercise in simplification and minimization. Before making their characters walk and run, students created their own 'maps' laying out what movements will happen in which frame of the cycle. Walk and Run cycles were created for each Hero & Villain, and will be utilized in a future project. Second-Year students worked on Rotoscoping Poetry within the program Gimp. Each student picked out a poem that really spoke to them, filmed themselves or a family member reading it, and then animated on top of the footage. We quickly realized we were pushing this program a bit beyond it's capabilities. Students worked through frustrating program crashes and glitches to create some very thoughtful animations. We are excited to share their work with the world in Spring Showcase!
Creative Arts & Ceramics
We have successfully completed our artist sketchbook project with wonderful results. With our encouragement we can continue to use the sketchbook as a tool to develop future projects and continue to spark their creativity. Onward and upward. Looking at the work of artists like Joseph Cornell we have begun the initial stages of creating a shadow box. It was with the students' input we have decided the subject will be culture. We have put forth a number of questions for each student to ponder and answer as to what culture they or their family identify with. As they research this question to begin to develop, find, identify the cultural symbols that are significant to them. These symbols will become the basis for the development of this project.
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Drawing & Painting
April has flown by! The students have been hard at work finishing up pieces for the upcoming showcase. Here's a few teasers of what is being featured, but be sure to join us on Thursday, May 27th to see the work in its entirety!
Her work will be featured starting on May20th, at 9:00pm, and going until June 26th. If you see this image projected on the Merchandise Mart downtown, think of Victoria and all of the outstanding work that our talented students create here at Advanced Arts!
April provided some fun challenges, having our rock stars work on solo projects for the opportunity to have student work featured at the Art on the Mart Event in May. Student work submitted made it very difficult to select, which is an excellent problem to have. Thanks to help from an administrative panel, a decision was made (no spoilers). Students finished post-production work on their solo projects as they transitioned to two Large Ensemble projects that we hope will reflect the hope and positivity of times yet to come. We’re also excited to hear about our seniors’ decisions regarding their college choices (again, no spoilers).
...but seriously, the AP Music Theory exam is looming, and we’ve really hunkered down to prepare for the exam. We’ve been practicing our Free Response Questions, which include Melodic Dictation, Harmonic Dictation, Sight Singing, Part Writing, and Harmonizing a Melody. We’ve also been practicing our multiple choice test taking strategies! Here’s to hoping for all 5’s (out of 5) on the AP exam!
This month we focused on the all important skills of Dialogue and Pre Production in film. Students worked through their process from idea to treatment to storyboarding to filming; fully cementing the necessity of a clear vision and communication of plan. In preparation for our “Talk the Talk” dialogue project, we screened Me, Earl & the Dying Girl and discussed how to make dialogue interesting AND cinematic. We also began to explore the concept of Genre in film and what it means to be in a specific genre or sub-genre. Action to Sci-Fi, Romance to Docu-Drama. What genre do you gravitate towards?
Students were also treated to two incredible guest speakers. Wendy Greene is a producer of reality television shows- she talked to us about how to break into the business, what it’s like to work on location, and the different types of jobs different producers do.
M.J. Rizk is a cameraperson for documentary and reality television. She explained how camerapeople compose shots, work with directors, and sometimes serve as their own Directors of Photography.
This past month our ensemble has taken a deep dive in all of the elements it takes to produce a play, picking up with the new plays that our class wrote last month. We were able to hear each play come to life with our ensemble acting in each other's plays and had incredible conversations about how their plays can change the hearts and minds of their audience members. We also do a quick poetry unit called My Dream America where each student wrote a poem that helped visualize what our society could look like in the future. It is easy to get weighed down with all that's happening across the globe so we wanted to balance that weight with the freedom of bringing new ideas of how to work together to light. We watched an amazing performance of Madea produced by the National Theatre Company and I, Cinna by Tim Crouch that was produced at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and directed by our very own, Mr. Phillips! We are looking forward to watching August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and more plays from the National Theatre Collection as we learn more about Costume Design, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Sound Design. Check out this stills from recordings of the My Dream America poem series.
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