We are excited to announce that now that Spring Break has ended, Advanced Arts has hit the ground running with our NEW Remote Learning programming. Each of our classes has a remote learning plan in place so that even if we can't gather at Gallery 37 for class, we are still connected as a school community, creating, and learning during these extraordinary times.
Now, lets check in and see what our students and staff have been up to...
Animation & Sequential Arts
The fun and learning hasn't let up in Animation & Sequential Arts for students, despite not having their powerful computers and animation programs with them at home. They're taking it old school and learning all about traditional animation techniques! First they utilized light boards and 100 SHEETS OF PAPER to create traditional hand drawn animation just like their Disney Forefathers did years ago. After that students learned all about the history of stop motion animation, how it came to be, different genres, genre defining creators, and more were discussed in this historical intro to the genre. With historical knowledge in place students moved on this week to their FIRST stop motion animation project, which they all created using the FREE app Stop Motion Studio which works on all smart phones! Students were given a basic program introduction and then asked to create a short video that tested varying aspects of the genre. The results have been fantastic so far and we look forward to seeing what these amazing animators will do in this new program next!
Check out student Faith Lasley's video "Milo's Quarantine" for a taste of the stop motion fun!
Creative Arts Ceramics
Teachers Patrick and Jiwon are using flexible office hour arrangements to teleconference class plans. Both teachers are available to students during the day to review their progress, give feedback, and answer questions. The current class project is an anti-virus project. It is an ongoing project and students are expected to complete a module for the project every three days with daily updates to asses and give feedback. The results, progress feedback and students responses are uploaded to their class gallery. Both students and teachers can able to access the virtual gallery and respond to us and each other. The class has also instituted Google Meetups during its regular class time. Student’s are able to meet as a class, see the progress of the project and receive feedback from each other!
Both of our incredible chefs are available for office hours daily. So culinary students have many opportunities to check in and get feedback! The class has been holding a weekly discussion Google Meet on Fridays. The class has also implemented a weekly recipe challenge. The results have been delicious and the students have been having fun trying to one up each other for the title of best dish of the week. The first contest was a POTATO CHALLENGE and students competed to make the best potato based dish.
Congratulations to Justin and Moises who TIED for first place. Justin made a perfect baked potato and Moises created some mouthwatering smashed jalapeno potatoes!
The next Recipe Challenge is... Depression-era or WWII era recipes. The recipe must be made in two hours or less/video-taped or submitted as a complete recipe with a photo.
This week's independent project is: Cheapest Dinner. Students must make a meal as inexpensive as possible. The student with the cheapest and most delicious meal wins!
We can't wait to see the results of this... and wish we could eat all the entries!
Our dance students are choreographing, critiquing, performing and revising dance videos for NBA and for their final show (May 20 & 21). Students outside of the classroom are collaborating to create a book that will address the role of dance and its importance through cultural influences in and out of contemporary culture and current events. This is an on-going project that will eventually be turned into a video. All students have a clear understanding of strong participation habits of advanced dancers and we are very proud of them all. The first week students struggled with virtual integration, how could they not? But these students have worked hard to build confidence and embrace their new learning structures.
But seriously, lets all DANCE those COVID Blues away!
Drawing & Painting
Alex Goldin, Matt Bozik, and Marjorie Boyles are available each week for critiques and feedback for students via google meets by appointment and through Google Classroom. Fridays the class does a check-in via GoogleClassroom and Email. Teacher Alex Goldin is be available from 1:45pm to 4:45pm on weekdays. He even live broadcasts himself painting during his office hours so his students can join him and they all can work together collaboratively! All Drawing & Painting students are in the middle of finishing their portfolios, teachers will hold check-ins on Fridays and Mondays for weekly work work drop offs- where students share what they've been working on each week.
Students are expected to complete a single piece each week.
Teachers Kat and Yasmin post a NEW assignment each Monday and students submit the WHOLE assignment on Thursdays. On Fridays, Kat posts students' completed work to the Google Classroom STREAM and students will provide feedback to each other. Students are expected to work for this class a minimum of 54 minutes PER DAY. Kat and Yasmin stay in contact with students via Google Classroom private messaging daily 3PM to check in with students.
Kat and Yasmin are available to students in REAL-TIME from 3-5pm each day. During this time they will be checking in with students and providing feedback to 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.
Keep up the good work Photographers!
Mr. Weddington and Ms. Mostad will meet with students daily as they all get into the new routine of online school. This past week focused on breaking down assignments into bite sized pieces appropriate to one class period. The class spends approximately 1 hour per day checking in with students as a large group, students then have one hour to complete work at their own pace. Mr. Weddington is available one hour prior to class time via email (virtual office hours) to check in with students about work due for the day or preparations for our school showcase. Class virtually meets form 3-5pm daily. The Focus Topic of the Week was... Meisner, Acting Attention, and active listening. Teachers coached students as a group going through Meisner's techniques and hosted discussions on showcase development.
Video Production started this week off with an online critique for their Self Portrait projects. The students and teachers watched and responded to each other with considered and constructive feedback. Each student found new and exciting ways to experiment with filming while at home; found footage, editing, sound design, and text! You can tell they each found specific ways to represent themselves in a video Self Portrait, from digging into personal archives, to collaborating with friends, to gathering gifs online. On Wednesday the class had its first Google Meet Up, where everyone checked in and the teachers introduced the next project!
The students are now working on their treatments for their new upcoming project and we can't wait to see what they will look like!
The Video Production Team's Office Hours:
Claire - Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays
Zach - Mondays and Wednesdays
Tracy - Thursdays and Fridays
Jake - Mondays and Tuesdays
Vocal arts is getting their virtual classroom ready for some individual and group performances. In the meantime students have been catching up with each other and sharing what they have been doing to keep their voices busy while at home!
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!
Last but certainly not least, are are proud to share that our senior jazz pianist Joseph Powers has been named a 2019 winner of the annual YoungArts competition. Selected from 1000’s of applicants, he’ll gain access to financial, professional, & artistic opportunities from one of the best emerging arts programs around!