Welcome to week two of our remote learning updates. It's hard to imagine that we will be making these for the rest of the school year. We are so proud of our #AAPG37 family coming together during these extraordinary times to keep classes active and student creativity flowing. While the magic isn't happening at Gallery 37, our work is happening in homes all over Chicago. Let's check in with our classes and see what everyone was up to last week...
Animation & Sequential Arts
Our animators spent the week learning about the history of the art of storyboarding. A storyboard is a visual organizer of your animation. Storyboards are an important way for producers and directors in the animation industry to show fellow animators and project contributors the story via a series of cells. Storyboards explain what is happening in a scene, scene dialog, and outline the project’s story via linear “bite sized” chunks. You know how architects create Blueprints before building houses? Well, the Storyboard is the Blueprint for a film. Storyboards are the ultimate way to plan out your film. By storyboarding a film beforehand, you can completely pre-plan props, settings, camera angles, actor placement and movements, special and practical effects, etc so that when it comes time for actual production everything will work much more efficiently (which will also save the producers $$$$$). Storyboards allow for the right individuals to check for error and fix them before a mistake becomes too large and expensive to fix.
Students were asked to create a storyboard for a long term stop motion animation project. The production part of this project will take three whole weeks, students will be asked to create a film that is 1.5 minutes long, which is A LOT of pictures to take. Storyboards have to cover visuals, dialog, and actions that occur in the scene. Storyboards were submitted for approval on Friday and students who now have an approved concept can dive deep into their projects. We are excited to see what they create. Check out Alessandra Montero's animated storyboard below:
Creative Arts Ceramics
Jiwon and Patrick are using flexible office hour arrangement to teleconference for the development of lesson plans and assessing the student’s progress. One or the other is available to the students during the day to review their progress, give them feedback and answer questions. Their current project, anti-virus project, is ongoing with students expected to complete a module for the project every three days with daily updates from them for us to asses and give feedback. The results, progress feedback and students responses, to teachers and each other, are uploaded into a virtual gallery on an ongoing basis. Along with teachers the students are able to access the virtual gallery and respond to us and each other. Teachers have also instituted Google hangouts during regular class time. Students are able to meet as a class, see the progress of the project and receive feedback from each other. This time is also used as a general wellness check.
Chef Carol and Chef Elizabeth are available for office hours daily from 2:45-4:45 in Google Meet. Additional planning time is daily between 3;45-4:45. Both instructors are also available during this time.
This week's Independent Cooking Project had no theme. Students were asked to create a cooking project of their choice and if they didn't have many ingredients or food to work with, students were asked to create a menu based on the theme of the week.
Office Hours - 8:00am-11:00am.
Drawing & Painting
Alex Goldin and Matt Bozik are available all week, 1:45pm-4:45pm, to post work, receive emails, give feedback. Check in on Monday for late assignments from last week, and Friday for this week's work. Marjorie Boyles is available each week for critiques and feedback via google meets by appointment through Google Classroom. Students have been hard at work this past week working on their portfolio concentrations. Check out their progress!
Kat & Yasmin will post a NEW assignment each Monday and students will submit the WHOLE assignment by 11:59 PM (before midnight) on Thursday. On Fridays, Kat will post students' completed work to the Google Classroom STREAM and students will provide feedback to each other by 11:59PM. Students are expected to work for this class a minimum of 54 minutes PER DAY. Kat and Yasmin will be contacting students via Google Classroom private messaging at 3PM each day to check in with them. Students should respond to teachers at their earliest convenience so we know they are participating in this course. If students do not reach out, respond, and/or do not submit assignments teachers will contact you directly via email and will notify AAP admin of your absence. Kat and Yasmin are available to students in REAL-TIME from 3-5pm each day. During this time teachers will be checking in with you and providing feedback to your works-in-progress. Kat is available from 3-5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Yasmin is available from 3-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Marjorie Boyles is available each week for critiques and feedback via google meets by appointment through Google Classroom. Jackie Nykiel available Mondays-Thursdays through email or google meets.
Class: Mon-Fri 3pm-5pm. Time will be shared between Google Meet as a whole group, smaller groups, or with individual students with both instructors - whatever is best for the pieces being developed. Students will work a full two hours - likely a half hour teacher meet, then 45min group work meet, and 45 minutes individual prep. Office Hours via Email Officially 2pm-3pm with Mr. Weddington. Office is really always open as students have questions via email.
This week the students are working on Voices of the Pandemic - original monologues showing a multitude of voices representing varying views and experiences while experiencing the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. We can't wait to see how this turns out!
Office hours: 3-4pm Jake M,T & W Claire T,TH & F Zach M,W Tracy Th & F. Students will be given an article & video related to ongoing project each week. The video and article be accompanied by a student discussion sheet for responses and dialog. Students will continue work on their video project. They will continue filming footage or collecting found footage for their project. Independent raw footage will be due Tuesday. Video skill and technique lesson of the week will be assigned and assessed remotely. Weekly Google Meet-ups are planned to touch base with students.
Come back next week for more updates from our Advanced Arts Classrooms!