Fall means floats, and Art Club created another winning entry in the Homecoming competition. Theme this year was amusement park rides, and the Club’s Alice in Wonderland designs were terrific, from painted backgrounds and props to colorful costumes. Enthusiasm builds over the two weeks of long hours required to build such a masterpiece, and teachers provide support and a cheering section for these talented students. Go Art Club!!
The Reseda Studio Tour recently celebrated its second annual event, opening over 30 studios of local artists and inviting in the public to learn and appreciate how the arts are reawakening culture in Reseda. Cleveland High’s Art Club participated, displaying their prize-winning float artwork at the Reseda Neighborhood Council office. This location was the command center for the Tour, with several artists exhibiting work on the walls and a full schedule of performances throughout the afternoon. And the funds raised through ticket sales were donated to the Academy of Art and Technology! Thank-you, Spike and Reseda Renaissance, for all your efforts on behalf of the arts in education here in the San Fernando Valley!
Another Cleveland High School Homecoming has entered the history books. This past Friday night was an exciting and fun-filled evening for the Art Club members who had been working long hours on their float and costumes and dance routine. Club President Erika led the team effort of over thirty students who each contributed to the trophy-winning entry. Club sponsor Mr. De Gracia stayed late for weeks supervising the creative kids, and Mr. Diebold kept them in pizzas and snacks. Ms. Neustaedter also helped with supervision, and Mrs. Mercer and Ms. Prato provided their classrooms for float construction and storage. Ms. McColl choreographed and coached the dancers, and Mr. Berkowitz came out for the actual float assembly. Alum Jesus came everyday to help design and mentor clubkidz as they diligently cut cardboard and painted and paper machéd and glittered their individual parts of the fantastic float. Other alums were there for the frantic final touches before the big parade, and we all celebrated this annual renewal of our Family Spirit! Go Art Club!!
PEER MENTORS: Fall semester is five weeks in and report cards will go out next week. This is when all students are invited to join our AOAT Peer Mentors group which just launched with a Mentor/Mentee mixer on Wednesday. Seniors and Juniors serve as tutors and “big brothers/sisters” to Freshmen and Sophomores who want some help with adjusting to high school. The turnout brought a capacity crowd of enthusiastic AOAT students together to put into practice our motto: we are family, and care about each other’s success!
ART CLUB & HOMECOMING: This AOAT-sponsored group meets during lunch on Thursdays, and soon will begin the biggest project of the year, designing and creating the Homecoming float! We have a tradition of amazing floats, from the painted backdrops and props to the fantastic costumes and make-up. Winning first place is the goal, but the real payoff is the fun of teamwork and the creativity of the students.
ADVISORY BOARD: This week is the first meeting of our Advisory Board, a group of dedicated partners who help with many Academy activities and support all our efforts to provide the best possible experience for our students. Everyone is invited to attend: September 16, 6:30 pm, room A-2, Cleveland High School. This meeting will start with a potluck, so please email Co-Coordinator Donna Mercer if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those talented Art Clubbers outdid themselves once again this Homecoming season: last Friday’s parade entry was by far the most fantastic in the lineup, and one of the best they’ve designed ever! Art Club president Arantza led the crew to build an action-packed version of New York, New York – complete with taxis, subways, Rocketts, King Kong, Empire State building, Boxing and Baseball – and a very Big Apple. Students worked late hours and constructed amazingly colorful costumes and props out of paint and cardboard. Did I mention the Statue of Liberty? and Conan O’Brien? and fossils from the Natural History Museum?? Go Art Club – you just get more out there every year! And also a special thanks to the teachers who stayed after hours to support them.