When I say Brightworks is a busy place, people often assume that their sense of busy is the same kind of busy that happens here. But considering the lack of blog posts in the last month and the amount of activity taking place inside these four walls, including the end of an arc, a week of staff development, and a myriad of other logistics and planning for coming arcs and school years, I want to stake a claim on busiest. So, to make up for a lack of updates, here’s a photo essay of the Book Arc presentations that the kids gave across four day during the beginning of February:
The Red Band talked about their experiments with book-making and writing their group book about love and friendship.
The Orange Band showed us their incredible work on text adventure and choose-your-own-adventure computer games, and the thousands of lines of code that they wrote to make their games come alive.
The Yellow Band discussed their zine, “TimeWorks” and the process of experimenting with paper making, writing, drawing, and designing a full compiled work.
The Green Band presented their individual Book arc projects, ranging from book art, written stories, role-playing game narratives, and text adventure.
The Blue Band showed off the pages of their band’s blog book that documented experiences and field trips that the band took during the Photograph arc and the Book arc, and explained the design work that they did in InDesign.
The Indigo Band members talked about their individual projects as well, which ranged from book art, a how-to book, and a short story collection, to sculpted stone and an adapted screenplay.
Last night Brightworks put on its fancy art gallery shoes and opened its doors to family and friends for the Photograph Arc Gallery Night. Each student chose one photo to hang in the cork floor gallery, Gever set up excellent fall-time lighting, Ellen and other parents brought snacks, and we schmoozed and admired the photography on during this wonderful evening.
Each year, the entire Brightworks community heads to the redwood forests in Mendocino to enjoy nature, each other’s company, and smell the clean air. We were so happy to be able to visit the trees and the beach last week. Here are some photo highlights from the week!
The Orange Band was given a very simple prompt for one of their photo safaris last week: they were told to take pictures of Silence in and around the school. Their interpretations varied, but the results were wonderful:
On Friday, Aaron came in to work with the Blue Band and show them how strobe photography works. They had discussed the work of Harold E. Edgerton, who had experimented with high speed photography in the 60s (the bullet flying through an apple, splitting cards in half, etc) and then they tried some of their own. The results are pretty stunning:
The blog has been difficult to post in the last week because the internet has been faulty at the school, but we’re back! Here’s a photo-look at what we’ve been up to:
Dave came in to talk to us about neuroscience and the way the eye works to communicate with the brain to send signals about what we see and what we construct. Turns out, our eye only really gathers information from a point the size of our two thumbnails together; the rest our brain fills in with what it can assume about what’s around us. “We are creating our reality at a cellular level,” he said, and demonstrated the tricks our eyes play on us with some pretty amazing optical illusions. The kids were a spectacular audience!
The Yellow Band started constructing a huge camera obscura in the media room and research lab by covering all entrances to make it really dark.
Trips to the darkroom have continued and are resulting in some beautiful black and white photos of life in San Francisco, from the perspective of a Brightworks student.
The Orange Band visited the California Academy of Sciences and did a photo safari in the garden.
Community Friday was a blast, as always.
And Ellen made a thought-provoking, awesome Photograph art display in the art studio using the letters from a nearby photography store that (really unfortunately) recently closed.
The Green Band visited the Rayko darkroom on Tuesday. Amanda took some great photos (on her iphone, in a meta sort of way).