Digital Filmmaking | ( Fall 2016)
A course designed to cover key concepts and practices for making a digital video project. Topics include an introduction to digital video cameras, camera movement, lighting, shot composition, sound, visual storytelling, working as a film making crew, and editing with an Apple computer. In-class demonstrations and exercises will allow students to work collaboratively on group projects as a digital cinema team. Grading will be based on assigned classroom work, in-class presentations,and a major video project completed during the semester. 1/2 credit.
Project Studio | ( Spring 2017)
Beacon Project Studio – A semester long art elective. Graded with 1/2 hour credit. Entrepreneurial, Self-directed, Interdisciplinary. You Can Choose to do ANYTHING. It can be something you learn, something you become, something you explore, something you discover, something you change, something you design, something you organize … anything. It doesn’t have to be something you make. Each student must select and design the course of action. Build a piece of furniture, make a mobile app for IOS or Android, learn a programming language such as Python, Ruby, or C++, study lead levels in Evanston water supply, make a short movie, make a short documentary, write a short story or a graphic novel, understand and take steps to improve a local social problem, start a business, create an artistic representation of a mathematical model, learn to make five “signature dishes,” produce a video commercial for a local business using “whiteboard” animation, create a science experiment and produce a paper with results, record audio or video of a family elder, grow microgreens, build concrete bowls, make a quilt, learn to sew or knit or crochet, learn to fish on Lake Michigan, learn to use woodworking tools, crosscut, write a stand-up comedy routine or a “Moth Radio” type story and deliver it at a club, memorize and recite a long poem, volunteer to improve a program at a hospital, learn to shoot a shotgun, and be able to identify 10 trees and 10 birds common to Northern Illinois. Students will submit proposals to the academic dean prior to the semester for one or more “projects” they intend to pursue. We will assess a “percentage of semester” value to each project. Some projects might only have 25% semester value. Others might be 100%. Submittals must total 100% value. The Beacon adult course “mentor” would work with each student and provide advice, guidance, and assessment. Students would base the work at Beacon or other approved location. Students may work on the project at any time, but must attend during the formally scheduled Beacon time twice each week.
IB Visual Arts
The visual arts course is student-centered and places student exploration at the heart of a holistic learning experience. Students have a free choice to identify, select and explore artists, artworks, cultural contexts, and media and forms for study which interest and excite them. They also have freedom to present their studies in a variety of creative ways, including presentations, demonstrations and exhibitions. Organization, self-management and independent study skills are important, as well as higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis. Students should also learn to make decisions about what is relevant and useful for their own investigations and how to put their knowledge and understanding into practice, transforming ideas into action.
Students will explore the following three core areas:
Theoretical Practice – Students will examine and compare works of arts from different cultures and periods of time, investigate different processes and techniques, and explore ways to communicate their ideas through art making and the written word.
Art-making Practice – Students will develop a body of artwork through the process of investigation, thinking critically, and experimentation with different processes and techniques. Reflection and assessing will be an important part of this process.
Curatorial Practice – Students will formulate personal intentions for creating and displaying their work. They will assess and reflect whether their work communicates meaning and purpose.
Beacon Academy Studio Art Class is student-centered and places student exploration at the heart of a holistic learning experience. First time Studio Art students will explore a variety of art media, tools, and techniques while being challenged by thought provoking projects. Students will develop a body of artwork through the process of observation, investigation, critical thinking, experimentation, and reflection. They will examine and compare works of art from different cultures and periods of time. These works will inspire and influence artistic decisions that students make. As students develop as an artist they will have the freedom to explore the materials and techniques of their choice, while developing personal intentions. Students will be encouraged to explore personal, cultural, political, and social justice topics, while forming themes and ideas for their artwork. Project ideas will be available for those students who would still prefer some guidelines.