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It's hard to believe we are already half way through May, and that graduation looms ahead for all our Seniors at Advanced Arts. Some of our Seniors have been taking classes at our school for multiple years, and it will be hard to imagine our halls next year without them walking within them.
Our Virtual Spring Showcase is Friday May 29th, and all our classes have been hard at work in their virtual classrooms preparing in their own ways. While we won't be able to celebrate in our large Center Space Gallery, we will still be united digitally, in celebration.
Let's check in on what our classes were up to last week!
Animation & Sequential Arts
This class had a blast last week catching up with each other. This classroom opens an hour earlier than any other in our school and it is often full before class with students getting a head start on work, catching up with each-other, and sharing stories about their individual days. Utilizing virtual classrooms simply cannot substitute the shared comradely found within "The Lair," which is the students' affectionate name for their tiny but mighty classroom. This week teachers made time for everyone to share updates on their individual lives, talk about cool recipes, share what cartoons everyone should be watching, and reminisce on silly inside classroom jokes. Even apart, our animators have a strong community.
Students have been working on the finishing touches for their "Main Stop Motion Event" for Spring Showcase. This project from pre-production to post has taken a little over a month, and the students used this time to prepare storyboards, plan sets, film, and edit their animations. All Stop Motion Animation has been done within the free app, Stop Motion Studio. The class is excited to show everyone what they have been up to in this new project!
Creative Arts Ceramics
This week this class has been finalizing projects for our spring showcase. Some students are working on some stop motion animation and computer generated animation as well. Other students are focusing on working with more traditional approaches using found and fabricated materials to create 3D and 2D works. The theme is how they are responding to and dealing with remote learning, staying at home and the effect the pandemic is having on their view of the world.
This week, many of our culinary students are taking their AP tests and we wish them so much luck. Assignment-wise, teachers asked the kids to think outside of the box and try to cook something in a different way than usual. This was a lot of fun and inspired a lot of creativity. One student perfected a stove-top cake that was beautiful and springy and a huge success. Another student made the world's most perfect flan using a sous vide technique.
We really miss seeing these amazing students every day.... and eating their amazing creations too!
Our Dance class spent the week choreographing a special COVID-19 Dance about dealing with the virus that will debut at our Digital Spring Showcase!
Drawing & Painting
Our Drawing and Painting students are racing towards the finish line! With the deadline for our Virtual Showcase coming up, the work is pouring in! Though we are all a little sad that we won't have a traditional showcase with physical work this Spring, students have been working really hard and sending in some amazing art. Their inspiration and excitement is contagious. Check out just a few examples, but by all means, stay tuned to see all of their portfolio work at our Showcase!
Photo students produced some thoughtful work as they walked in the shoes of Alessandra Sanguinetti. Dancing between poetic, staged and documentary, Sanguinetti's photos key in on details of a gesture, a texture, the light or an environment.
Theatre has had another very busy week creating, creating, creating, revising, and creating some more. Students are recording monologues and songs, creating voice over projects featuring pets and siblings, making videos of perception vs. reality in the pandemic, movement to music, slide shows with original text, and writing plays. We can't wait to share their work with you! Students have met individually with Mr. Weddington and Ms. Mostad on google meets for feedback, brainstorming, tweaking, and adjusting. Working in this way has giving rise to very specific individualized student voices.
Shout out to Marla Chinbat for her interview with Steppenwolf ensemble member Laurie Metcalf. She was terrific and helped Steppenwolf for Young Adults raise funds for next season. So cool!
This week, the students finished up their Anti-Virus projects! They started preparing for Showcase by uploading their work from the past year with short artist statements. At our weekly meeting, we gave important updates to our grading system & talked through the final month of our class. Some students are getting a head start on their final independent projects for the semester. The class had check-ins on current progress and independent work on their anti-virus rough cuts as they develop them into more polished videos.
We're super excited for everyone to see our students' videos in Showcase!
Come back next week for more updates from our Advanced Arts Classrooms!
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