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