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Middle School Celebrates Arts Day
Categories: General, Middle School, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/16/2018

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Middle School students enjoyed a morning at some of Atlanta's hot art spots during Arts Day on April 11.

Fifth-graders visited the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), where they saw the exhibit “Designing Playful Cities.” This exhibit takes visitors through interactive installations that present a strong case for designing play into urban environments, encourage visitors of all ages to engage in play in their day-to-day activities, and inspire designers and developers to create playful spaces in our cities, whether by designing proper playgrounds for children or by converting under-utilized spaces into fun and friendly places.

Sixth-graders visited the High Museum of Art, where they toured the modern contemporary exhibit, the Howard Finster exhibit (Christian folk artist), and the exhibit of current furniture designer Joris Laarman. They also participated in a STEAM-based workshop, during which they learned to be creative problem-solvers by designing prototypes.

Seventh-graders visited the working studios of five artists at the Artisan Resource Center, met the artists, and saw demonstrations of their work. 
  • Beads by Design – Stephanie demonstrated with a heat torch how to make glass beads and objects from glass.
  • Helen DeRamus Studio – An oil painter who uses encaustic in her paintings, Helen demonstrated painting and mixing beeswax with oil paint when applying it to her paintings.
  • Stan King – Makes bird houses from recycled materials in his wood shop.
  • Taylor Cox Art – Contemporary abstract painting.
  • Brothers Young Productions – This film production company shared how films are created.
Eighth-graders enjoyed a visit to the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where they toured the Digital Media Center and other departments on campus such as architecture, the fashion museum, and interior design.

Once back on campus, the students ate lunch and played games on the athletic fields. Afterward, they watched a performance of Chinese dance from the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company, which included several different kinds of traditional Chinese dance each with a different ceremonial dress. At the end, the students were invited to take part and practice dancing with the fans and ribbons.

Students also witnessed an improv performance by Katie Causey and an assistant. The presenters described and demonstrated several concepts central to dramatic and comedic improv and then invited the students to take part, creating scenes on the fly with each other.

The day ended with popsicles on the Quad!