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It's hard to believe our school year has officially ended. It feels like just yesterday that we were welcoming our 2020-2021 students to their virtual classrooms. We are so proud of the work our students created, and the bonds formed in each course during this unprecedented year. May and June flew by quickly. We celebrated our annual Spring Showcase, hosted digitally by The Design Museum of Chicago. The first AAP Class Olympics was held and fun was had by all, congratulations to Modern Band for bringing home the gold! Seniors were honored in our first Senior Recognition Day where we highlighted all the amazing work these students completed in their time at AAP, some of which have been with AAP for multiple years.
As we wrap this year up, and look forward to the 2021-2022 School Year, let's look back on what the end of the year looked like in each of our AAP classrooms!
Animation & Sequential Arts
It's hard to believe the year is over! May and June feel like they went by in a blur! Our students continued to work hard on numerous projects. Our first-year students continued working in the Aseprite Pixel Art Program. Utilizing the walk and run cycles they created, students learned even more about pixel art in their retro side-scroller unit. Side-scroller video games were incredibly popular in the 8 and 16 bit gaming eras, and their styles are still utilized by the gaming and animation industry today. First-year students created long, horizontal backgrounds that mimicked a single lvl in a side-scroller game. Then they inserted the walk and run cycles they created for their Heroes and Villains into the Lvl and animated these characters through the lvl. They also learned how to animate jumps and attacks during this project. The result is a love letter to this retro gaming style.
Our Second-Year students worked more in Rotoscoping, and created self sprite animations. Second-year students also completed a flipbook collaboration with DePaul University's animation department which will be featured as a commercial on Lumpen TV! All students took some time to relax towards the end of the year with some "short film days." On these days we watched numerous animated shorts and discussed each as a class. The class also took on one final verbal character design prompt, harkening back to the beginning of the year to see how far their character design skills came. We will miss all our graduating seniors so much, and wish them all the best as they move on to some amazing colleges like Columbia College Chicago, UIC, DePaul University, SVA NYC, and more!
Creative Arts & Ceramics
We are winding up and winding down at the same time hurrying to get our last project finished yet having nothing planned beyond our final project. The results of our shadow box have been great so far with amazing results. There seems to be a subdued excitement with so many of our students graduating and moving on and yet still attached to the whole high school experience. It's a really big time of transition for many of us. The end of our program this year(sadness) and some trepidation and excitement for what lays ahead.
There is an old artist story, one which one that has been borrowed and adapted over time that everyone needs to know. It goes like this.... Imagine a swan that gracefully moves across a lake. A picture of elegance in motion. What is hidden by the eye is the activity behind the scenes. Beneath the water's surface, you don't see the hard work being done by the swan's webbed feet, propelling the graceful motion that we see and admire.
It's also said that it takes 10 years to become an overnight success. A year of honing your craft during a world pandemic and pushing the boundaries further and further. Striving for excellence is what our dance students accomplished. Our artists showed up daily with vision, guts and gravitas. They stayed connected to other people's lives and cared about making them better. The inspiration created through this community, will embolden us to be able to face what comes
our way and achieve things that we can't yet imagine.
Drawing & Painting
As we come to the end of this strange year, our class has reflected on the work that they've created in the program, the growth in their skills and the confidence that they've gained. To celebrate the end of the year, students each curated a page on our class's website- to showcase their portfolio work, personal work, favorite sketchbook pages, and foundational pieces made earlier in the year. To see the amazing work that our class created this year, click here!
It’s been a wild ride this year, but we are so proud of all of our students! The end of May and June came with our AP Music Theory Exam! While we won’t know the results until later in the summer, I’m incredibly proud of everyone and all we’ve learned this year.
We really put our knowledge to good use in the last few weeks. Composer and percussionist, Ivan Trevino, wrote a book during the pandemic called “Co-Write”, which features 15 short musical ideas. The goal of the book is to give musicians initial ideas and inspiration to build upon and create compositions of their own. All of our students demonstrated mastery of the skills we’ve learned throughout the entire year to create some really creative, thoughtful, unique, and exciting compositions! Once they are all finished, we would love to share them with you! Keep a look out for those song on our Music Theory page.
Congratulations students on a wonderful school year, and I hope our musical journeys cross again real soon!
In our final quarter we spent some time learning about all of the different aspects of theatre making and looked at the role of a Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, and Lighting Designer. We watched a special made by the American Theatre Wing and also got to design an aspect of our new plays that we wrote in our Playwriting Unit. We then had a Comedy/Improv Unit where we learned the rules of improv and how to build stretch scenes with dialogue. We found out that we have some great comedians in our ensemble! We then watched some stand up routines by the best of the best and started working on our own stand up routines based on special events or moments in our life. We also got to watch a few plays that were available online from the National Theatre and we loved Amadeus!
We began the month of May with a returning Film Student who is enrolled in the UIC Moving Image program, Rachel Bowman. We screened a selection of her short films, she spoke about her process, her experience in Advanced Arts Video Production and how her time in our program supported her college video work.
We were also fortunate to have a second speaker, Film Editor Craig Lewandowski of Utopic. We were treated to a crash course in post production through his demonstrations of his work flow and process on several major and minor projects, including a secret screening you had to be there to experience!
We screened the students’ “Talk the Talk” projects and students researched Genres in preparation for their next project. In class, we discussed distilling a film plot down to a few lines for Log-Lines, how to write a Treatment that lead to development of a screenplay.
By mid month we were screening Genre films while students worked on their personal Diary films. We delved deeper into pre production methods and shooting skills and students prepared for their Final Exam. For their final exam, students reviewed topics such as: Camera Operation, Shot Sizes, Camera Movements, Sound Design, Screenplay writing, Pre-Production, Lighting, Editing and Set Roles and Responsibilities.
It was a whirlwind of a Month and it swept us up into the world of film and into June….
Come back next year for more updates from our Advanced Arts Classrooms!
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