Yesterday, Broadway's Next Hit Musical Improv Comedy cast made a special visit to the Creative Arts Academy.
Dance, music, and theatre students who signed up for the workshop first were treated to a broadway musical number - made up on the spot by their own suggestions. The suggestion: My Toothbrush. Based on that suggestion, Deb came up with the title of the musical: "Touched by Lightning." From there she and her partner Ron improvised an entire musical number.
Students were then taught how to listen for musical patterns to create a "hook" based on rhythm or leaps: pairing the "Unusual with the usual." They were also challenged to
The hilarious Broadway's Next Hit Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for its favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others.
Students explored design through symmetry and watercolor techniques. Guess artist and watercolor extraordinaire, Ralph Iaccarino, graciously shared his expertise of the medium with 7th grade CAA visual arts students.
CAA Visual Arts students will be selling prints of their artwork and making buttons at the Freight House Farmers Market on Saturday, October 19 starting at 8 a.m.
Students have been researching the process of the river and the impact of trash and pollution. Students picked up trash from the community and riverfront to make artwork out of the trash. All proceeds will be donated to Living Lands and Waters and other selected local environmental causes.
Students visited Glass Heritage to understand and learn about the process of building a stained glass window. 7th grade students toured the facility and store gallery.
This visit was in preparation for the German American Heritage Grimm's Project- Stained Glass Windows.
7th Grade Visual Arts students will design and install Stained Glass Windows in the storefront windows of the German American Heritage Center & Museum. These windows will be inspired by Grimms Brother's fairy tales.
Our first honored artist this year is Ralph Iaccarino, long time Quad City painter and art educator. His exhibit will run through October/Nov. He will give an art talk to CAA Visual Art students. Later in the year he will do a watercolor workshop.
"Raphael Iaccarino is an internationally recognized artist whose paintings are exhibited in public and private collections worldwide. Inspired by the magnificence of the tropical rain forest and jungles, his vivid watercolors have received much acclaim for their originality and outstanding artistic merit. First introduced to the beauty and ecological importance of the rainforests and jungles of Central America in 1981, Iaccarino became intrigued by the vast possibilities for creative expression to be found there.
After numerous visits to Costa Rica and experiencing these visual concepts first hand, the rainforests and jungles have become a major focal point for this artist. Immersing himself in the world of the tropical terrain, Iaccarino is able to convey its sensual aura through watercolor, utilizing his exceptional talents to portray the majestic foliage in all its brilliance and splendor in a medium seldom used for powerful expression. The vivid colors and bold lines merge with subtle shadings and lighting to present captivating visual effects."
-Terry Lindral, Arts Reviewer
7th Integrated Arts and Visual Arts students went to the Figge to interview artist, Mia Feuer. The artist shared about her work with environmental materials as well as being aware of the materials she was using as an artist. Students were able to ask Feuer student generated questions as the Integrated Arts students prepared to write original skits inspired by Feuer's work and life.
CAA 7th grade students volunteer at The William-Butterworth Foundation's Porch Party on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019. The porch party celebrated the arts and culture community of the Quad Cities. The Figge Art Museum and CAA shared a part of last year's 6th grade Visual Art and Communication & Media Arts exhibit titled, Synergetic Spaces. The tree portion and signage will traveled to the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House. CAA students volunteered to assist attending community members with the art activity.
7th grade integrated arts students are focusing on the theme, Connections this quarter. Students are working on a project-based learning assignment where their challenge is "How can I make connections with my community using communication and media arts?"
Students reached out to Rick's House of Hope. They visited their location in Davenport to take photographs and video for a promotional video they will produce to communicate their mission and services to our community.
What a fun collaboration to promote youth mental health services in this community!
7th Grade CAA Integrated Arts Students meet with a representative of King's Harvest Pet Shelter. Students are collaborating with the organization to promote their mission and create a fundraising opportunity.