Welcome to week three of our remote learning updates. We are so proud of our educators and how they have stepped up to make remote learning fun and educational for all our students. While we will not be able to hold our annual Spring Showcase in person, we are working hard to create a virtual edition of the exhibition. Stay tuned for more classroom and showcase updates from AAP!
Animation & Sequential Arts
Our animation & sequential arts students were hard at work last week. After getting their storyboard concepts approved, students were allowed to move forward with their Stop Motion Film Projects. Students must create a film that is at least a minute and a half long and twelve frames per secon using the free app Stop Motion Studio. With three weeks to work on the film, students are expected to animate thirty frames a week. Film concepts have ranged from an epic car chase to a fight between chess pieces. Students are using their homebound environments to their advantage, using rooms and items around the home as set pieces. The final films will be shown in our virtual Spring Showcase. Last week the class also submitted work to the All-City Visual Arts show, fingers crossed the pixel art they submitted gets in!
Creative Arts Ceramics
The class continued to work on their anti-viral project. Here is some student work!
We are so proud of our culinary kiddos! This week worked on plating skills. It allowed some of our culinary students to try something new. Last week, they took an examination of food in times of crisis or wartime in America and focused on making something out of nothing.
Our dance class celebrated International Dance Day last week with some fun activities, one of which is highlighted in this great video!
Drawing & Painting
Each week students post things they've been working on! Many are making great strides in finishing their portfolio. Some have switched their ideas to reflect our current situation, some making art on Social Distancing, or feelings of isolation. We've been encouraging students to make art that is close to their experience, to use this time to make art as a kind of visual journal. There have been some really good beginnings, but more than anything, some very fun afternoons of students working with us on camera via Google Meetup.
The students studied the work of photographer Larry Sultan. They then made original photographs responding to what they observed and appreciated in his work.
This week our theatre class have been engaging in discussions and preparations (through google meet and google classroom) for our online presence through the AAP Remote Gallery and our Virtual Gallery Showcase. Students have nearly completed our Sonnet project, have discussed several options for our digital presence, and students are collaborating on ideas for recorded performance for our showcase and other forms of online presence: sketch, scenes from student written plays, movement and dance, monologues and scenes. With our theatre students in the hive mind - we are in good hands!
Our Video Production class worked on our anti-virus videos this week-- their responses to and reflections on the pandemic. They watched Germs by Rachel Maclean for this week's discussion sheet. In response to the video, the class discussed the allure of advertisements & world-building within moving image. At their weekly class meeting, they talked about the progress on their anti-virus videos--where they're at in the process of making & what type of footage they're using (newly shot footage, found footage, etc.). The class ended the week by having individual meetings with students about their projects.
This week the class learned that Johnny Raquez and Iyanna Herring were accepted to Berklee College of Music. The class has been meeting to discuss college questions, giving feedback on video lessons, and talking about career options after college. For many of our Vocal seniors, Decision Day is upon us and they are making life choices. Iyanna is deciding between Jazz Vocal and Forensic Psychology!
Come back next week for more updates from our Advanced Arts Classrooms!
What do you call a vibrant arts program for students, located in the heart of a wonderfully diverse world class city, open to every junior and senior in the Chicago Public Schools, and taught by brilliant and experienced educators and artists? We call it The Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Program.
Advanced Arts is proud to announce that we had 13 students make it into the All City High School Visual Arts Exhibition in the newly relocated Chicago Design Museum.
Metzli Castilanos, Jasmine Willis, Mya Corral, Victoria Mak, Amber Goodson, Kiara Dominguez, Cameron Gilbert, Aaron Bergante, Mikayla Munoz, Zakkara Caldwell, Dashanti Thomas, Oromo Kenyatta, and Kiernan Francis!
We would also like to extend congratulations to our Vocal Arts student Sydney Jackson, who has won the National Omega Psi Phi Fraternity @OfficialOPPF Talent Hunt! We are so lucky to have such talented young voices here at our school.
Our Vocal department has been very busy, on top of preparing for our Spring Showcase they also have been participating in The American Project with Chicago's Lyric Opera. Students your FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL is at 20 N. Wacker Drive. Attendees should check in at the Stage Door at the corner of Washington and Wacker. Participating students must begin checking in at 11am and the final dress rehearsal begins at 2pm and ends around 4:30pm.
We are so excited to see the culmination of weeks of such hard work from our Vocal Students!