In Band and Orchestra courses, students learned about the use of "temp music" as movies are created, and studied specific examples of film soundtracks where composers were deliberately influenced by the temp music that a film's director used early in the creative process. Mr. Miller, Ms. Mullen and Mr. Teague concluded the class by sharing a YouTube video highlighting the prevalence of "Music Plagiarism" in popular music.
In Drawing and Painting 1 classes, students explored the idea of an artistic genealogy. Mr. Voelker shared his artwork from earliest youth up to the present, along with examples of the artists who have influenced him, hoping to create connections between inspiration, appropriation and transformation in the artist process.
|Michael Markowski, Composer of "City Trees"|
In Painting 2, Drawing 2 and 3, AP Studio Art and Drawing and Painting Studio, students had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas that are a related to "Black Out Poetry". First, students looked through newspapers, searching for a title to a work that has yet to be created. They had the choice to visually adapt a headline in its entirety, truncate it, or combine multiple headlines into a new "title". The title then directed the students as they planned what subject matter and composition would be included in the visual. Next, students looked through newspapers for a minimum of three different photos that could be combined as reference for a new visual composition. A simple example would be to find three faces, and combine them, perhaps taking the eyes of one, the nose and mouth of another, and the hair of a third, to create a new "portrait."
In AP Music Theory, Dr. Piekarz shared a video showing chord progressions are often recycled by composers working in a wide range of musical styles. This particular video started out with the chord progression to an early Baroque composition, Pachelbel's "Canon in D," and showed how the same chord progression has been used in dozens (and implies hundreds) of familiar songs over the years. Students then had the chance to use that same chord progression to build their own melody over the top of it.
Mrs. Miller's Jewelry students have been working through the text in small groups for the past two weeks, connecting their work to the ideas presented in Kleon's text. This week's topics included "Plan and be Productive," "Limitations = Freedon," and "Inspiration: Tape inspiration to desk tops."
Mr. Miller's Digital Music class watched a video about the history of Copyright, the origin of the law, the changes in the law over the years, and and engaged in a dialogue about the impact the law has on artists. The class debated the impact the law has on encouraging or stifling artistic creativity.