Arts News

The 3rd and 4th graders learned about architecture in their art classes, particularly modern structures, and then tried their hand at a basic architectural drawing.  Thanks to Maja Rodell '08, substitute art teacher, for the images in these photo galleries of the 3rd Graders and the 4th Graders.

The Outdoor Summer Trip floated down the Green River in Utah in June.  Here are some Artistic Photos by David Holte of the petroglyphs, dried mud, and strange rock formations they saw along the way.

For Red & White Day on June 9, their last day of school, the Lower School kids got to decorate the tennis courts with chalk art.  See a Photo Gallery of their artwork, including a variety of dragons!

The May Term Printmaking class filled the Art Gallery with a variety of different printing techniques and topics.  See a Photo Gallery of their creative works.

The May Term Dance class performed three dances at the June 8 afternoon presentation.  See videos of their dance in the Style of Bollywood, their Hip Hop Number, and the Student Choreographed Dance on the stage of Founders Theater.

The students of the May Term Film class wrote, shot, edited and presented their film "Fish Bowl" -- inspired by a television show you may have heard of.  The film premiered at the May Term presentations on June 8, 2021.  Watch their 6-Minute Video that won loud applause from the Upper School audience.

The May Term class on Connecting Through Culture displayed a number of the craft and art projects they created to help practice mindfulness and emotional health.  See a Short Video of their displays and a Photo Gallery of their activities, which included journaling, painting plates, puzzles, painted rocks, craft boxes, mini-beach scenes, and colored paper shapes.

Art teacher Judi Morgan's May Term Printmaking class worked on a variety of different prints this past week.  See a Photo Gallery of the students at different stages of making different types of prints.

The May Term Dance class was practicing a Hip Hop routine for the May Term presentations this week.  See a Short Video of their impressive moves!

The 7th and 8th graders traditionally perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Founders Theater.  But this year, the challenge was to rehearse and perform the play with many of the students stuck at home.  Music Director David Demand did an amazing job, working with Microsoft Teams, to gather, edit, and integrate audio and video from students' homes and the theater stage into this unique performance!  See the Full Performance on YouTube (running time 72 minutes) beginning with each character's introduction.

Here's how David described the "interesting learning experience" of making this movie:  

"First of all, we had students both distance learning and in person.  This changed almost on a daily basis due to COVID and protocols.  Because of this, sometimes we had to put everyone on their own computers to make the scene work or we had to skip a scene and go to the next one that had cast members available.  We also had to endure the many network difficulties and outages that occurred as well as people freezing up, forcing us to reshoot multiple times.  The stage was also a challenge.  There were other classes that met in the theater, and there was a permanent work station set up in the front of the stage.  The instrumental group also used the back of the stage, so we had to use only a side stage shot and cover up the equipment in the back.  Jean Hardie (our director) was also remote and we had to hook her voice up into a monitor so that she could give directions to the kids on stage.  We put a camera out in front so that she could see.  All costumes had to be brought from home for the most part due to Covid, so we used bedsheets and made togas.  

"Once we got through filming, which took a while due to the kids not being able to be together, we had to edit extensively, adding voice overs in some cases due to the bad audio quality of Microsoft teams.  Oliver Ling help me quite a bit.  I also added in effects, music, and transitions from scene to scene.  I hope everyone can appreciate the effort."  

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