The Creativity Project
Physician, inventor, and artist Edward DeBono states, “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way”.
In Keri’s art class, students have spent the last few weeks tackling “The Creativity Project” by answering the question, “What is CREATIVITY FOR YOU during these times?” Keri has pushed students to consider creativity in the broadest of terms, from snow-building and cooking to gardening and sculpting.
Steamboat Landmark Challenge
As part of Dave’s PE curriculum, students have been challenged to get outdoors, exercise, and learn local history by visiting several iconic sites around town. Students may bike to the Rabbit Ears Motel, walk to the Billy Kidd Statue at the base of the mountain, hike up to the Mad Creek Barn, and even scooter to the Rotary Park boardwalk. These are just a few of the landmarks on the list, each of which is worth different point totals, depending on their ease of access. Students who garner the most points will win prizes.
The Crucible Video Project
The Middle School theatre production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible had been scheduled for stage on April 7th. When the pandemic hit, students immediately shifted their approach to apply the concept to the experimental forum of online filmmaking. Doing so was actually much more difficult than shooting a film would normally be, since the actors all had to work independently and therefore could not react to each other on set. Instead, each filmed themselves reciting their own lines in front of a green screen (typically a bedsheet or emergency blanket), all as separate clips. Likewise, some members of the tech crew took interior shots of what became the bedroom for Act I and the jail cell for Act IV, all of which included further green screened window images of present-day Washington, where the EMS interpretation of the play is set.
A team of student editors then worked to put the clips into order across five scenes, while others built opening title and end-credit sequences. Now in postproduction, the project is somewhat stalled at the moment, since — although all of the students came through on their respective jobs — we’ve hit a technological snag in that the green screen effects of the film program we used didn’t work as well as advertised. Nonetheless, the students have shown great flexibility, perseverance, and camaraderie in the process, and we’ll see if we can iron out the wrinkles over the next few weeks.