Creativity in Quarantine

For Valor Arts students and teachers, creativity has taken on a whole new meaning in recent weeks. Instead of utilizing studios, materials and physical tools to learn and create, Valor arts classes break the mold with online learning.

Valor Pulse, Broadcast News

Instead of covering spring events and sports, Valor’s student news team is remotely planning and producing a “HOMVID-19” broadcast. They’re reaching out to peers to cover stories about the school shutdown and changed plans. Even for a class focused on video, virtual learning presents unique challenges. Thankfully, teacher Gayle Kakac is hard at work helping students adapt. She even invited 9 News anchor Natalie Tysdal to join the class for a video call and provide some tips on broadcasting from home!

Drawing and Painting

Nick Solimene (’20) recreated “Lorenzo Pagans e Auguste De Gas” by Edgar Degas and from the Musee D’Orsay.

Have you always wanted to take a painting class? Check out this Youtube painting tutorial with Hayes Trotter. Besides his own teaching videos, Mr. Hayes Trotter shared virtual tours of famous art museums and challenged students to recreate famous works of art from home.

Photography

Professional photographer Amanda Forbes joined a Photo 3 Zoom call to talk about personal brand. She said, “The questions these students had for me were incredible! How has COVID allowed you to pivot in your career and education?”

Conservatory 

Performing and Visual Arts Conservatory students are still getting in their practice from home. Ballet dancers find space to practice and connect with classmates, and private voice lessons take place online. Some working artists also shared their strategies on building an artist’s Instagram profile.

Ballet dancers convene over video chat.

 

Individual voice lessons take place virtually.

Orchestra

Students who are able to practice their instruments at home send in signed practice charts along with a picture of their parent (or pet).

Worship Band

For worship band classes, it’s business as usual…almost. Instead of preparing their weekly set for Wednesday chapels, the band recorded their parts individually over video. Teacher Nathan Johnson edited them together and blessed the Valor community with a student-led worship set in last week’s chapel video.

Ceramics

In ceramics, creativity looks more like stepping away from screen time and creating homemade materials. In the absence of pottery wheels and kilns, Mrs. Trista Clagett showed students how to make their own air dry clay and work on projects like nativity sets and chess pieces.

Theater

Even with no audience, theater students are stretched outside their comfort zones with everything from Elizabethan monologues to analyzing the technical aspects of Broadway productions. Mr. Kurt Muenstermann’s classes practice and perform individually or in groups and hear from guest speakers who are theater professionals.

Theater students practice monologues at home.

If all that isn’t enough, students itching for a little more creativity in their day can take advantage of Arts office hours. Ms. Kaley Monson teaches watercolor to all interested students once a week, and others offer specific training on tools like Adobe Creative Cloud software. Together, Arts teachers create meaningful, educational experiences for students. And sometimes, that just means stepping away from the computer and having fun.

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