FOR ALL CLASSES:
Well here is hoping that your New Years resolutions went better then mine. Since mine was weekly e-mails to you all regarding your students classes the previous two week gap means time for a Saint Patricks Day reset. Ultimattely I will blame it on the flu shutting me down for 5 days and a big streaming trip to Valdez killing the second week but at least for this week I am back on the wagon so on to the updates.
The first week of spring break a collective of Arts AV students went on a long bus ride to Valdez to strenuously stream 18 basketball days in three days. The event was awesome with well over 8000 views (collectively 1800 hours of people watching our content) and a ton of positive feedback and learning experiences for the students. Congrats to students that went and a reminder to all Arts AV students that our services/skills, even if rough, are constantly being requested by the Fairbanks community so be sure to tune in to the various postings on the white board regarding slick opportunities for Arts AV kids. More than one of these "outside the normal curriculum" events have lead to gainful employment for alumni so you could be next.
INDIVIDUAL CLASS UPDATES
We will spend the first part of the week combining the various pieces of the Health promotional video into one final piece. It should be exciting to see how the final produce nearly 4 weeks in the making turns out. You might ask your student how the piece they produced turned out in their mind and talk to them about the value of collaborative team work as this was a big project that is meaningful to the school. In the second part of the week we will start focusing on Foley production which is creating sound effects for movie with various props.
The GRIND is in full swing now. With the business of the past few weeks these students have been pretty independent but expect some check-ins from me including grades in the coming days. Hopefully this leads to beaming students about the great work they did during the last three week push. In case it wasn't such a great week(s) beware the upset student with a sudden grade drop. Do know that as always we are working on this together so reach out to your student and see what support(s) they need and let's work together to make it the best book ever!
Busy week coming up to jump start a busy final quarter. In the next few days we will be picking the businesses/clubs that we will spend the second nine weeks of this course creating new publication packages for. We will make new logos, business cards, flyers, etc. for a between 6-9 organizations in town. Most of this work and process can be found on the class Canvas course so have your student take you there if you have any questions about the process.
We ended up a bit against the calendar in this course as we covered all the "learning" materials of still life photography before the break which means coming back we get the "fun" week of actually shooting still lifes in class. Students should come to class Monday with 5 still life props, three still life backgrounds, and 2 alternate lighting sources. Usually I would be a real stickler that they show up fully ready to go but knowing the Monday after spring break is not a great time for high expectations of remembrance some grace will be extended into Tuesday for students to bring these props in.
The class is now in two equally sized groups. One is creating a news show for a Statewide broadcast competition coming up this weekend. They will be using the studio and creating their own show with zero assistance (per the contest regulations) from me. The remaining students have the awesome opportunity to continue producing our daily newscast but this time with fewer helpers. This handicap for both teams should prove as an awesome opportunity to identify areas of production/creative strengths and weaknesses in each member of the class which will only benefit us for the rest of the production season and the final. Since I brought it up, know that the final for this course is each student producing an entire show top to bottom on their own.