Teachers Appreciated

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Art Club made these stellar shirts for all the AOAT teachers, with funny cartoons for each of us on the back! They silk screened them and gifted us at the year-end lunch: THANKS, Art Clubbers!! Nice graphic design ūüôā

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Nutrition Unit Informs and Inspires Great Design

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This capstone project follows an extensive unit learning about nutrition and the food industry in America. Seniors can choose to work solo or with one partner to design packaging for a healthy food item. The assignment¬†is introduced by designer Todd Gallopo, owner of boutique design company¬†Meat and Potatoes, who talks with the students about the marketing and design process for packaging, his speciality. The culmination is a competition among the student designers – judged by Todd – for top honors in several categories. Congratulations everyone – this year’s packages were creative, amusing, attractive, in other words: successful!

Chalk Festival 2016

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This year’s Chalk Festival had a fun theme: “Who’s Your Hero?” Students were free to interpret that phrase in their own way, and the results ranged from Batman and Wonder Woman to actual “heroes”¬†such as Bernie Sanders and Malala! All students are welcome to enter their designs and this year about 130 students participated,¬†creating¬†solo squares or working in teams of up to three. AOAT takes the lead in organizing the event, with help from Ms. Seubert in the Media program¬†as well as the school security staff. A good time was had by all!

Creative Projects Engage Students

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Academic teachers as well as the art teachers of AOAT incorporate project based lessons into their curricula in order to engage and imbed the learning for students. From student-designed Romantic t-shirts for the poetry unit in 11th grade, to the creation of mechanical hounds from Fahrenheit 451, art enlivens and stimulates the imagination in all grade levels. Making is a key part of learning!

Student Photographers Shoot DTLA

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Our spring visit to MOCA got extra fun this week when we asked the students to document their day and post their photos to Instagram. Above is just a small sampling of the creative points of view they shared via social media. Gotta give some props as well to the amazing weather and cloud-bedazzled bluest sky!! We love downtown LA!! See more on Instagram hashtag #mocaaoatwalk1, #mocaaoatwalk2, #mocaaoatwalk3, #mocaaoatwalk4.

Presenters Spark Ideas

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Thanks to our 2016 speakers: Dave, Fabia, Veronica and Rafael! Your insights into careers in the arts inspire students to pursue their dreams – and spark new ideas about the future. We also appreciate our loyal Board member Larry Oviatt who helps organize this annual event, and works diligently to recruit presenters. And another shout-out to our Student Ambassadors, who welcomed and guided the guests, and helped out wherever needed. It was another successful day for our Academy!

Learning by Doing

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We closed out the busy fall semester with our annual senior class tradition: all students worked on a real design assignment for an outside client. This year they created fliers for Gaspar Insurance sales teams or designed a logo, business card and brochure for Donna Hill’s new hypnotherapy practice. The deadlines were real, and students had to print their projects and present them during the 2-hour final. Clients scored their designs, and will be able to reproduce the materials¬†when all revisions are finalized. Way to go Seniors! Only one more semester until graduation…

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