Winter Arts Festival Highlights Students' Work
The arts came to life last month at the annual Gann Academy Winter Arts Festival. Hundreds of attendees took in performances by the school's music and dance ensembles, participated in student-led gallery tours, and – new this year – participated in hands-on workshops led by both students and faculty.
Festival attendees created mini-films using stop-motion animation, discovered the ancient art of origami, and turned handmade drawings into colorful prints. Students and family members sat on the Throne of Westeros, using a 'green screen' that placed them inside the throne room from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. They built collaborative sculptures constructed of geometric materials that students created using the laser cutter. And, attendees sampled the sounds and short films produced by Gann's electronic music and filmmaking classes. "The hands-on art was great," exclaimed senior Sam Zisk. "Everyone was really engaged and learned about the many artistic opportunities at Gann."
Tenth grader Gabby Hyman, who displayed her hand-built mug paying tribute to her dad's hometown of New Orleans and a coiled pot that incorporated weaving, said it was wonderful for Gann's many artists to share their work with the community. "The festival was a really nice experience and I enjoyed showing my work. I heard a lot of appreciation from parents and classmates."