Welcome to week four of our remote learning updates. It's hard to imagine we have now been making blog updates like this for a full month. As we look ahead, our Spring Showcase is in two weeks. While it will not be the in-person celebration we are used to, our staff and students alike are excited for our #Virtual Spring Showcase, now set for Friday May 29th. More details to come soon, but we will be displaying work from both our visual and culinary arts students along with recorded performances from our performing arts classes. A virtual showcase is a first for us, but we are so proud of our students rising to meet this new challenge. Let's check in on what happened in our classrooms last week
Stay tuned for more classroom and showcase updates from AAP!
Animation & Sequential Arts
Animation & Sequential Arts students have been hard at work in their individual homes turned film-sets for their final Stop Motion Animation project of the year. Students have been working for a full two weeks on this short film project, and at the end will have created a minute and a half long video that follows the storyboards that were turned in for approval before project production began. Film subjects are so diverse, and the genre really allows for students to show off their individual styles and set design. Students will also be showing work on Saturday May 15th at Chicago Zine Fest 2020, a self-publishing festival that has gone digital this year. We are so excited for these students, as Chicago Zine Fest has become a time honored tradition in Animation & Sequential Arts. We also would like to congratulate Joana Rodriguez, Lilian Gragert, Anyah Thompson, Caleb Hardaway, Itzel Saenz, Cindy Phan, Vance Lira, Alessandra Montero, Jazmin Hernandez, Faith Lasley, Abby Moon-Sarudi, Metzli Castellanos, and Aaron Bergante; these students all made it into the All-City Spring Visual Arts Exhibition! This is the highest amount of Animation Students we have ever had accepted into this show, congratulations all!
Creative Arts Ceramics
Last week culinary arts had a great turnout for our weekly Google Hangout. While everyone in class has had their ups and down's, everyone has been powering through. This week's class topics were a discussion about the meat shortage, and other current events in the food industry. The class also spent the week planning for our digital Spring Showcase. We can't wait to see what this class is cooking up!
Our dance class has been hard at work as always, even though they are missing their lovely studio at Gallery 37. It is inspiring to see our dedicated dancers turning their homes, lawns, and even neighborhood parks into their dance studios. Watch their latest video compilation titled "Dance Inspirations!"
Drawing & Painting
We have a real cool update from our Drawing & Painting class this week.
When life gives you lemons, the best thing to do is make lemonade. Our Drawing & Painting student Beata Semeniuk found herself without access to quality paints, so she did some research and figured out how to make her own paints!
"So I really wanted to paint, but the paint I have at home is really crummy and every time I started to paint I hated it from the very first seconds. So anyways I researched how to make your own paint and here are some results. (I used spinach for green, orange zest with powdered sugar for yellow(boiled), beetroot for red and strong brewed coffee for brown. I added some egg yolk to all of these (because that's what google said to do, but it actually worked). And then I also mixed some species with linseed oil (turmeric, sweet pepper, ground allspice)). The results are not astonishing (not that i was expecting to make Rembrandt quality paint) but i did have some fun!" - Beata Semeniuk
This is amazing work Beata, we all want to try making our own paint now. Check out her results below!
Theatre has been busy this week creating content for our Spring Showcase Showcase at the end of May. Students have meet collectively in a group meet and met one-on-one with Ms. Mostad and Mr. Weddington as they create individually and in teams. Each student will contribute three pieces to the showcase. We will have written one-act plays, sketches, voice-over work with original content, scenework, monologues (original and from published plays), parody, and at least one narrative movement piece.
Students and Teachers are having fun and getting stuff done!
We continued work on our anti-virus videos this week--our responses to and reflections on the pandemic. We watched Strawberry Shortcuts by Tom Rubnitz for this week's discussion sheet. In response to the video, we discussed the the idea of artists mocking the nuclear family ideology. At our weekly class meeting, we talked about the progress on our anti-virus videos--where we're at in the process of making & what type of footage we're using (newly shot footage, found footage, etc.). We ended the week by having individual meetings about our projects.
Students practiced breathing exercises this week following along with Mrs. Hendricks' instructions and prepared for Spring Showcase.
A Week in Reflection, in the words of our Vocal Arts Students:
I have learned half of a song on my piano, and I’m doing okay. But I need more concentration on my school work.
Johnny Raguay, Jr.:
I recently celebrated my 18th Birthday on May 2nd. I am so happy and blessed to start becoming the man I want to be. I need to concentrate and get my school work out of my way, because I am tired of it being the only thing holding me back.
“I Am So BRAVE” by Stephen Krensky “I was scared of big dogs. Then I made a new friend. I was scared of the water. Now I love the deep end. I was scared of the dark. Then I saw the stars shine. I was scared of loud horns. Then I got to beep mine. I was scared of good-byes. Now I’m happy to wave. I’m not scared like before. I am so brave!”
Come back next week for more updates from our Advanced Arts Classrooms!