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With the end of March we saw Chicago thaw out a bit as Winter Part II ended and Spring Part II began. March also signaled the end of the quarter for our students, it is hard to believe we only have one quarter left in the school year. Time flies when you're having fun! Everyone is back, and ready to go after Spring Break. Our school is ready to go into full Spring Showcase Preparation Mode. Let's check in with our classes to see what everyone accomplished last month!
Animation & Sequential Arts
Our students dove deep into Pixel Art this month, using one of our favorite programs, Aseprite. Aseprite is an industry standard Pixel Art program that is used in Illustration, Animation, and Gaming Design. Students learned to break objects down to their most basic, recognizable forms through minimization exercises and prompts. We completed our annual "Cozy Comfy Place" project once students were better used to the program. Students were asked to design their ideal Cozy, Comfy Place in Aseprite. The results had us all wishing we could visit these places in real life! We also use Pixel Art and Aseprite as a jumping off point for first year students for Animation! Students worked hard to create their first animations in Aseprite, a simple but essential Idle Sprite Animation!
Creative Arts & Ceramics
So far so good. Our students continue to be productive with our sketchbook project. This week we are adding paper making to our repertoire. Who knew dryer lint could be upcycled or recycled into art. We have been looking at many fantastic examples of homemade paper. The inspiration is endless. Everyone is eager to try their hand at working with clay. We are also beginning to explore ideas for that as well.
March went by really quickly for us in culinary! We had a few Chopped Challenges that made us think outside the box when it came to cooking rice and scrambled eggs! What we mainly worked on, however, is our final showcase projects. This year, we are making exhibits based on recipes that mean something to us. The chefs have been working hard. They have planned the menu, penned the grocery lists, tested and created a recipe page and video. For the next few months, we will be learning each other's recipes.Something we are very excited to do!
In Dance class our students worked hard on some Group Choreography!
Drawing & Painting
This last month, students have been working hard and creating the very first pieces for their sustained investigations. It's been amazing watching this process begin, and we look forward to seeing more and even better art get made. Here are some previews of the variety of work getting made, but stay tuned for more!
The Deep Dish Festival was such a fruitful experience! Our students received really positive feedback and they got to attend informative masterclasses and a very fun concert. We hope to showcase some of the Deep Dish student performances in our Spring Showcase, so be on the lookout for that. Looking forward we have lots of new projects in the works!Our students are getting ready to submit their compositions for the amazing Art On The Mart! Their projects consist of recording a solo piece that will accompany a projection of visual arts made by other CPS students. The “stage” where our students’ original music will be played is the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. What an amazing opportunity!
Ramping up into the final weeks before our AP exam, we seized the opportunity to have some fun with vocabulary terms and concepts. Instead of memorizing using flashcards or other more “traditional” methods of study, students were tasked with making MEMES! Using the famous memes we know and love, students mixed their knowledge of music theory (along with their incredible senses of humor) to produce several incredible and hilarious music theory memes. It’s safe to say we won’t be forgetting these concepts any time soon.
This month we screened our long take films and watched some famous long takes in the works of Alfonso Cuaron, Alfred Hitchcock & Martin Scorsese. We continued our film journey; working on the fundamentals of lighting. We looked at exposure, practical lighting & 2-point lighting. We also screened several film clips analyzing lighting to better understand its effects in a scene. We practiced some lighting techniques in class and independently and watched “Poltergeist” for good measure. As we approached the spring break respite, we began discussing pre-production planning with blocking, storyboards and screenwriting. We screened “Miss Juneteenth” and had our first of several industry professionals come speak to our class; Director and teacher, Mr. Vincent Singleton. We also learned that one of our very own students, Ms. Rachel Bowman, is selected to have her work shown at the Chicago International Film Festival this year as part of the CineYouth selection. We could not be more proud and excited. April is going to be an exciting month!
Photos below are of of Director Vincent Singleton; Vincent Singleton explaining overhead diagrams for planning a film shoot.
March FLEW by for the Theatre class. We tried our hand at play-writing working with a Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s teaching artist Jose Nateras, a professional playwright, college professor, screenwriter, and actor who lives in Los Angeles. Using the six pillars of play-writing -- character, dialogue, conflict, setting, plot, and theme -- Jose walked the students through each pillar using well-known stories from Disney to Horror films as well as students’ work. The assignment was to write a ten-minute play, about ten pages. Some of our students wrote scripts that are over thirty pages.
If this weren’t enough, we also had three students make it to the City-wide finals of the National August Wilson Monologue Competition. There were sixteen students from across the city and region in the finals and we represented almost 20% of them. Congratulations to Donald Pieters (repping Kenwood where he did the bulk of his coaching), Laylah Freeman, and Patrianna Scales!! Great job!
Finally, we celebrated our quality work with a virtual field trip to see Christina Anderson’s How to Catch Creation at Goodman Theatre. We needed that spring break rest!
Come back next MONTH for more updates from our Advanced Arts Classrooms!
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