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Scene opens to solar winds gently blowing intergalactic tumbleweeds past the open porch door. An eerie quiet blankets the solar system.
We don’t know about you, but ever since those astronomers kicked Pluto out of the party, we’ve been feeling mighty lonely over here on planet Earth.
But wait! We’ve just the solution: make a new planet! Media Art students are becoming masters at using PhhotoShop. They know how to turn any panorama or landscape photograph into a full-fledged planet!
The process takes only 5 minutes. (Launching your new planet into solar orbit may take a bit longer.) But the effect is fantastic.
South Ridge 3-4th grades, 7th Grade and 3-6th afterschoolSTEAM students again were fortunate enough to work with Frank Theatre teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer. Stories this round were based in fairy tales. In the tradition of the fairy tale often parents were able to tell terrific stories to teach their children a life lesson through a terrific story. Often the lessons had tragic elements. It wasn’t only the children that behaved badly or the adults who behaved perfectly.
Considerable time was spent with the students dissecting the stories for the “truth” they held today. Students re-wrote, re-edited and re-built the stories to tell a tale for today.
Marya Hart a professional composer and musician spent one week with students teaching them original songs she wrote based on their poetry about the stories they wrote.
The Morse Code was developed by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1844. Even after more than 160 years, it is still used today, especially by amateur radio operators. The code can be sent quickly over the telegraph, and is also useful for emergency signaling (SOS) with a radio, mirror, or flashlight, and even for people with severe disabilities to communicate. In order to master Morse code, however, you need to approach it like a new language.
High School Printmaking students printed over 130 Tshirts for all those students in the 3-7th grades involved in the Frank Theatre artist residency at South Ridge this year. Silkscreen is a very popular process for mass producing an image on either a textile or poster.
The Minnesota State Arts Board funded the theatre art’s residency which will occur twice this school year. It’s goal is to provide students opportunity to work together to demonstrate what they know. Too often students just fill in the blanks. Through creative expression students are able to build on their strengths, demonstrate leadership and team work.
South Ridge School received a Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) grant providing three 6-week artist residencies with Minneapolis based Frank Theatre. Guest artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer will work with students in storytelling workshops. Seventh grade students wrote original stories based on Greek Myths, third-fourth grade students participated in theatre games and thrid through sixth grades in afterschoolSTEAM perform their new work based on an Aesop fable at the Panther Pride Night, May 15th.
The second residency will begin Sept 10th ending October 23rd. A public performance will be held in the Forum by all students participating. Families and community public are welcome to come.
The goal of the grant is to encourage students in expressing themselves. These stories built on each student’s unique take-away on what they have learned thus far in school and at home. This personal stake in creating new work make these stories all the more rich and entertaining
The arts require original thinking, use of past, current and future knowledge as well as managing stress, watching our time and self control. Spending time with Frank Theatre’s Wendy Knox brings the best out of us all. Emily Zimmer provides clarity and direction on stage and in the classroom. They both bring us a joyful challenge to make something new with only ourselves! As a teaching artist team we are in for a wonderful ride as we move into a better place.
Art students have for the second year entered the Vans Custom Culture. Custom Culture is a national high school shoe customization contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for their art programs. Registered schools received four pairs of blank Vans sneakers that were customized in four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.
Pictured above: Music by Dustin Mercier and Vincent Pohto, Active Sports by Warren Mountain, Art by Chelsea Williams and Quinn Holte, and Local Attitude by Cedar Savage.
Long boards are transportation. 8th Grade art students used the long board as inspiration in designing a black/white and mixed media/color long board design describing who they are and where they plan to go in their lives.
Damage of Duluth, MN, a local skateboard shop agreed to view the stuent’s long board designs and make comments. Commercial products are always looking for new and innovative designs. South Ridge art student’s long board proposals are a excellent window in to what young people in our community are thinking about and hoping for in their own lives.
Students worked with artist Wing Young Huie creating Chalk Talk images. The week began with a seven through twelfth grade assembly in the Forum. Huie talked about his own history growing up in Duluth. After graduating from Duluth Central he went to UMD briefly before transferring to the main university campus in the Twin Cites, graduating in Journalism. He wanted to be a reporter.
It was by accident he started taking pictures. While travelling he purchased a camera. He continued developing his skills for another thirty plus years. Since then he has shown publicly, primarily focusing on distinct neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Huie’s work focuses on personal perception and stories. His discussions provide opportunities for students to better understand their own ideas and personal perceptions of others. The chalk talk process provides a place to consider another’s point of view and broaden our own points of view. These photographs shown above were created after students interviewed each other using open ended questions such as
What are you?
What advise would you give to someone new to your community?
How do people perceive you? How do you perceive yourself?
How has race affected you?
In addition to spending time with the Seventh and Eighth Grade Design courses, the South Ridge High School Drawing and Painting class and Media Art Photography classes he worked with the third through sixth grade STEAM/Creative Writing class and Fourth Grade Literature classes.
On Thursday South Ridge joined with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Drawing and Painting class in a lecture and Chalk Talk. On Friday a small group of students visited the assisted living facility on the Fond du Lac Reservation to hear stories and take pictures of the elders living in the new facility. Students found the time well spent as Huie walked them through a self-identification of their views of themselves and others.
Over 500 images were taken. The majority of photographs can be found on display in the exhibition hall at the South Ridge School.
The residency was generously funded by the Northland Foundation, ISD2142 Indian Education and the South Ridge Art Club.
Winter counts are histories or calendars in which events are recorded by pictures, with one picture for each year.
The Lakota call them waniyetu wowapi. Waniyetu is the word for year, which is measured from first snowfall to first snowfall. It is often translated as “a winter.” Wowapi means anything that is marked on a flat surface and can be read or counted, such as a book, a letter, or a drawing.
Winter counts are physical records that were used in conjunction with a more extensive oral history. Each year was named for an event and the pictures referring to the year names served as a reference source that could be consulted regarding the order of the years. People knew the name of the year in which other important events occurred, and could place these in time by referring to the winter count. The events used to name the years were not necessarily the most important things that happened but ones that were memorable and widely known within the community.
After each project a student’s work will be chosen for our digital Winter Count. This image is to be used in the spirit of the traditional Winter Count – to record an event that is memorable and known within the South Ridge School community.