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February went by quicker than we expected at Advanced Arts. A month filled with snow and freezing temperatures meant our young artists and instructors were able to stay cozy indoors and concentrate on their craft. Let's check in with our classes to see what everyone accomplished last month!
Animation & Sequential Arts
Creative Arts & Ceramics
The class has a great time working with Ms. Emily and the Animation Students on the collaborative Zines unit. The diversion from our usual routine has made the students more open and aware of what goes on in other classes and students enjoyed interaction with students from other classes in critiques. We are still putting the finishing touches on the Zine, “Tales from the Times of Covid” by recording a live reading. We are also in the process of dove-tailing the project with our second of the semester, “The Artists Sketchbook”. Using a sketchbook each student will collect ideas, drawings, writings and collage, conventional and unconventional, into their sketchbook to make a unique record of this time and experience in their lives.
This month we worked hard on our Zine unit collaboration with Creative Arts & Ceramics, Animation and Photography. Students enjoyed working with other AAP classes and teens. While drawing is not our first skill, you wouldn’t know it. We have such a talented group of kiddos!
As our month winded down, we started back to business as usual---exploring flavor profiles, tastes and we are warming up with a few cooking challenges. We also had a guest from Lettuce Entertain You, Monique Hunt, who was a breath of fresh air!
Our prep for Showcase begins this month as we start our personal recipe projects. We cannot wait until Spring!
Education leader Sir Ken Robinson, one of the most popular TED speakers of all time, asked the question, “Do schools kill creativity?”. His speech has been referenced by students and teachers alike. This month, AAP Dance Department is celebrating CPS and their understandings of the importance of arts in education throughout our communities both nationally and globally. The department is putting together a video entitled “Imagine if…”
Imagine if creativity was as important as literacy in schools.
Imagine if we recognized that intelligence is multifaceted.
Imagine if we were brave enough to take risks and make mistakes in our learning.
The dance department will be part of this global conversation by continuing to celebrate Sir Ken Robinson’s legacy, while inspiring others to realize the value of arts.
Drawing & Painting
As the second semester begins, and the tone of the class shifts from foundational work to individual studies, we have the class recreate and redefine an older piece that they created in the past, when they were less practiced at their craft. These "reframed" pieces can really help show an artist just how far they've come in just a few months.
From there, we have each student start to plan for their sustained investigative work. One advantage that we've found in the time of remote learning, is that a Pintrest wall can serve as a mood board/ or aesthetic collection, which can reflect an interest in a particular style and subject for each individual artist. From there, we instructors show similar work, talk about techniques illustrated in those collections, and most fun of all, fleshing out ideas with each artist. Stay tuned for what comes next!
Our Rock Stars wrapped up small ensemble projects with some amazing original projects and a blazing cover of a saucy Spanish rock tune. They used newly acquired skills in digital studio music to record their independent parts and engineered them together in a Digital Audio Workstation.
Their work will have been adjudicated by Industry Professionals at Columbia College’s Annual Deep Dish Music Festival, where they will participate in workshops ranging from audition practices to improvisation to a performance by Chicago’s very own award winning guitarist, Isaiah Sharkey. We’re well into our songwriting journey as we prepare for upcoming composition exhibitions, which lead to our ultimate gig: the Spring Showcase.
With several months of knowledge behind us, music theory students have been able to take the skills they have learned and start to create longer compositions on their own. We used our knowledge of musical form and musical modes to create modal works of length. Students presented their own songs for the class to analyze and discuss.
As February is Black History Month, we also spent time
studying Jazz History, the 12 bar blues, and how African-Americans created an entirely new style of music that changed the course of music history. We enjoyed listening to early jazz music and all of the music that came after.
We are looking forward to perfecting our 4 Part Chorale composition skills and taking our first full practice exam in March! Onwards and upwards!
The students have been exploring the foundations of narrative filmmaking. We reviewed shot sizes and camera movements and discussed breaking down a scene for point of view, and we explored how to make a scene visually appealing using motivated camera movements. Students watched and analized Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” and “Rope” to inform their own work on blocking, staging and camera movement. The projects we have been working on have been really exciting and have included creating "animatics" (animated short films of their storyboards). Students are currently completing a "long take" film that requires them to block camera and actors in a single long shot for an entire one page script.
Come back next MONTH for more updates from our Advanced Arts Classrooms!
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