FreshmanPalooza

To do list during FreshmanPalooza work time:

 

FreshmanPalooza

Music Project Sheet

 

Over the course of the next six weeks, you will have approximately 25 – 30 hours of class time to work on your final music exhibition for FreshmanPalooza. This is a very short period of time, so we’ll need to be extremely efficient in our use of time. Class time should include the following once you’ve decided on a style of music you wish to pursue:

  • Listen to at least one new song and one musical act every day over the six week period. If you miss a day, make it up by listening to two the next day. Friends, family, Pandora, teachers, etc are all good inspiration for finding new music.
  • Practice, practice, practice. You must practice your instrument at least 30 minutes every day. It would not hurt to practice several hours a day, time permitting. No matter your level of skill, a musical instrument is something you can continuously get better doing. At any given time if you do not have anything else to do, you should be practicing your instrument.
  • Write a song. Every person in the musical group must write at least one song. The song you write can follow classical musical structures and chord patterns, or if you wish to break a “rule”, you can. The song should be posted to your blog when you have finished. This should be completed by May 1st.
  • Decide on your set list. You should choose at least one cover from an inspirational band and one original from the songs you’ve written. The setlist should be complete by May 2nd so you can practice these songs every day through May until exhibition.
  • Record your setlist. You should record and mix your set-list by May 20th and post it to your blog.
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. By exhibition your setlist should be second nature. You can begin to add a 3rd or 4th song if you feel comfortable. However, you only need to play two on exhibition.
  • Write your research paper. See the notes below for your Research Paper. The final draft is due April 30th.

Research Paper:

As part of the FreshmanPalooza Project, you must complete a research paper on the musical style/musician of your choice. For the research paper, each person in your group must pick a separate inspirational musician and write a research paper answering the following question: how has the musician you’ve chosen been influential to the musical community and how have they influenced your development as a young musician. The paper should be double spaced, 12 – point font, a minimum of two pages and use at least three sources cited with footnotes.

FreshmanPalooza

Photography Project Sheet

 

Over the course of the next six weeks, you will have approximately 25 – 30 hours of class time to work on your final photography exhibition for FreshmanPalooza. This is a very short period of time, so we’ll need to be extremely efficient in our use of time. Class time should include the following once you’ve decided on a style of photography you wish to pursue:

  • Find at least one new photographer each day over the six week period. If you miss a day, make it up by finding two the next day. Teachers, Instagram, National Geographic, Magazines, and Newspapers are all wonderful inspiration for finding new photographers.
  • Practice, practice, practice. You must practice taking photos every day. No matter your level of skill, photography is something you can continuously get better doing. At any given time if you do not have anything else to do, you should be taking photos of some sort.
  • Learn Photoshop. This tool is indispensable for photographers. In the early going, you need to practice on this software and learn how to use it to create effects such as those used in Instragram. This skill will serve you a great deal in the coming years.
  • Make your photos public. Every day you should post at least one new, finished product to your blog and/or Instagram or Facebook account. It should be in the style of photography you’re focusing on. This is important as a daily exercise in developing your skill set.
  • Decide on your exhibition space. Work with your teachers to figure out how you want your exhibition set up. You should sketch this out and get approval for it no later than May 1st.
  • Frame out and curate your photography exhibit. You can even make your own frames for the images you’ll be displaying.
  • Write your research paper. See the notes below for your Research Paper. The final draft is due April 30th.

Research Paper:

As part of the FreshmanPalooza Project, you must complete a research paper on the photographic style/photographer of your choice. For the research paper, you must pick an inspirational photographer or two and write a research paper answering the following question: how has the photographer  you’ve chosen been influential to the photography community and how have they influenced your development as a young photographer. The paper should be double spaced, 12 – point font, a minimum of two pages and use at least three sources cited with footnotes.

FreshmanPalooza

Art Project Sheet

 

Over the course of the next six weeks, you will have approximately 25 – 30 hours of class time to work on your final art exhibition for FreshmanPalooza. This is a very short period of time, so we’ll need to be extremely efficient in our use of time. Class time should include the following once you’ve decided on an art piece you wish to pursue:

  • Find at least one new artist a day in the medium you’re working in. Do research with Mr. Aguirre’s books or through websites. Find a new artist, learn about the historical period he/she worked in and the place this artist had in the larger community.
  • Practice, practice, practice. You must draw an image every day. It would be a good idea for you to draw the image you are considering painting. Draw it up to thirty times. These sketches can even be part of your final exhibition, in particular if you keep them in a sketch booklet
  • Play with color. Use a color wheel and paints in class to work on mixing colors to match a particular scene. Perhaps you could photograph an image outside and simply try to match the colors in the scene by mixing paints at a small scale.
  • Learn photoshop. This is your opportunity to learn a skill valued by painters, sculptors, photographers and artists. Photoshop is a tool which will open up whole worlds of possibility within your art.
  • Decide on your final painting. No later than May 1st, you should have a decision on your final product. This can then be the inspiration for your photoshop and sketch work.
  • Photoshop your final piece. Have a photoshop image of your final piece complete no later than May 6th.
  • Paint your piece. We will create your canvass, and you can begin painting throughout those final few weeks. During this time you should continue to sketch and practice on Photoshop. Given time, you can continue working on additional paintings if you finish the first one.
  • Write your research paper. See the notes below for your Research Paper. The final draft is due April 30th.

Research Paper:

As part of the FreshmanPalooza Project, you must complete a research paper on an artist of your choice. For the research paper, pick an artist and write a research paper answering the following question: how has the artist you’ve chosen been influential to the art community and how have they influenced your development as a young artist. The paper should be double spaced, 12 – point font, a minimum of two pages and use at least three sources cited with footnotes.

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