In partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the All-City Senior Portfolio Exhibition gives CPS high school seniors the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and to gain exposure among selected admissions representatives of various colleges and universities. One of the most significant ways that SAIC supports CPS arts students is by awarding Competitive Excellence scholarships to any student who participates in the Senior Portfolio Exhibition, who apply and are accepted into SAIC. These awards are $2,000 per year, or up to $8,000 over four years. We are thrilled for this opportunity for our students.
Learn more about the Senior Portfolio Exhibition and related student opportunities and partnerships in the virtual exhibition launch video below.
Student Exhibition Opportunity
Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021
In the video above, Cynthia Noble from Art on theMART announced a wonderful opportunity for our graduating seniors.
In conjunction with CPS All-City Visual Arts, Art on theMART will highlight selected CPS seniors’ artwork from across the city in this collaborative debut exhibition: Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021.
Art on theMART—a singular public art platform that operates through a custom projection system that includes 34 projectors installed on the Chicago Riverwalk—will transform hi-res photos of 2D artworks from a range of media (created by CPS seniors) into animated, dynamic projections that fill and move across theMART’s façade, set to music. (An example of this is in the video above.) The audio will be a collaboration between Chicago Public Schools and iHeartMedia.
2020 Advanced Arts Virtual Winter Showcase
The Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Program (AAP) is a rigorous early college and career arts opportunity for juniors and seniors who attend Chicago Public Schools. The Winter Showcase is an opportunity to for students to share their artistic processes and refine their work in preparation for exhibition and performance.
We are grateful for our partnership with The Design of Museum Chicago, who create and manage the digital space for our student exhibitions. We are also thankful for 50,000feet, an independent global brand consultancy and creative agency, who together with The Design Museum, awarded scholarships to three AAP students demonstrating excellence in the Advanced Arts Program. Thank you!
Congratulations to our 50,000feet Scholarship winners:
- Laylah Freeman, AAP Theatre Ensemble, Chicago Agriculture High School
- Ariana Winters, AAP Creative Arts and Ceramics, Disney II High School
$250 Honorable Mention Scholarship
- Tyler King, AAP Drawing & Painting, Kenwood High School
Enjoy a sampling of work from the showcase below. Be sure to check out the full virtual exhibition!
We asked arts teachers across the district to share their best moments and successes from remote learning this Fall. We are excited to share a variety of classroom projects, virtual events, and practical tips from some of our teachers.
Devin Hanson of Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy wrote, "I'm very proud of my Studio Ceramics students. I created take home supply bags that students picked up and they have been working on pottery at home. Students are kiln' it." (We see what you did there, Devin!)
The K-4 grade students and the Concert Band of Wildwood Elementary School, led by music teacher Dan Moore, presented a Virtual Winter Assembly. "All the students recorded themselves singing, the footage got sent to me, and I edited them to make a showcase video. The Concert Band worked with Des Plaines Community Band on their song. We had a live premiere on YouTube with families and staff. I am so proud of the Wildwood community for making this possible and for their support of the Music program".
Mark Bennett who teaches grades 3-8 at Mark Twain Elementary School described some of the challenges Media Arts teachers face in remote learning and shared a successful workaround. "Many of my lessons utilize the Microsoft Paint program. This program is available on the Windows 10 operating system, and not the Chromebooks the students were issued to work remotely. I found the Sumopaint app. Sumopaint is a photo editing and drawing tool that can be accessed and used by any device that has online access, and it has many graphic tools that Microsoft Paint does not. It has proven to be a great application to create graphic images during remote learning." The DAE would like to add that you can create and export artwork as png image files in Sumopaint without creating an account.
Under the direction of Fabian Lopez, Hurley Fine and Performing Arts School presented a virtual performance of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" this past December!
Jeni Crone Griffin of Lindblom Math and Science Academy was very proud of her Art 1 class who are, "mostly freshmen who have never met in person, yet they took the lead in putting together a fantastic online art show in the fall. They designed a website, organized a launch event, created a community art extension, while also creating their own art. They exceeded my expectations and proved the extent of what can be done remote".
Sydney Ruiz reports that her Baker College Prep Drama class focused on artistic expression in many forms. "We’ve performed and recorded monologues, read scripts, discussed characters, built empathy, and creative expression! In response to the question, 'What do you see in the world?', scholars could act, write, draw, and express in any way they desired! Let’s connect Art to the heart and build a community from within". Take a look at some of Sydney's student's artwork in the images and video below. For the video, senior Demiah Alexander wrote, performed, and recorded her "I Am" poem for her Drama class' Q1 final.
"I Am", Demiah Alexander, Baker College Prep
In Elizabeth Roses' Yates Elementary School music class, students constructed projects on protest music and its evolution. They had options to create presentations, songs, or podcasts to express their knowledge and opinions. She said the creativity and conversations that took place were astounding. Another project students enjoyed was creating a visual Music Map of their musical tastes and journey using Canva.
Sara Simon of Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts School typically hosts a yearly art show for her grades K-5 students where their alderman and local artists are invited to judge. She explains, "After the lockdown in the spring I was unable to host a formal show so I hung the show in my house and made a video of it".
At Hirsch Metropolitan High School the "Art Squad" is a group of dedicated and talented students taught by LeeAnn Thornton. The group was born out of a student's idea to design "profile pictures" or Avatars.
LeeAnn first used this idea as an exam on Fridays that changed themes. The Art Squad was then commissioned by the "Culture & Climate team " at school to create a series of badges: Perfect Attendance, Maximum Effort, and Student of the week.
Art Squad students did a spectacular job and this badge award initiative will be a school wide effort for the remainder of the school year! On to other commissions now...
Anne Gray of Franklin Fine Arts Center says her 6th-8th grade choir members worked hard on a virtual choir performance of "Waving Through a Window," from Dear Evan Hansen, a musical by Steven Levenson. They worked throughout the fall to learn the parts and record them at home. In a collegial collaboration, Colin Cosgrove of Senn Arts did the video and audio editing and Anne shared her planning process for helping students learn their parts remotely and make their individual recordings with Colin.
Several teachers shared new technologies or instructional pathways they discovered through problem solving for remote learning. Leah Stephens teaches K-8 music at Sor Juana Elementary School. "One of my most successful music activities during remote learning, and a student-obsession, is "mystery sound." A student chooses a sound in their household, turns off their camera, and plays the sound a few times for the rest of the class to guess. It's a great opportunity for home/school connection, and I love seeing what they come up with. It's also an opportunity to discuss timbre, and for younger students, think critically about what makes a good mystery sound--one that's just mysterious enough to not be impossible, but provides enough challenge to be fun".
Maria Ambre of Senn High School transformed a disappointment into a new pathway for learning. "Last spring I felt awful that students who had worked for two years towards their senior shows couldn't have one. Now, all of my classes create virtual gallery exhibitions together. We rotate through student curators who pick the layout, fonts, and the specific information that each artist should share. We walk through the virtual gallery together as a class, with each student talking about their work and describing the choices they made. I will keep this moving forward with bulletin boards at school. Students love seeing their work “hanging” in a gallery." The image below shows some of the virtual gallery slides created by students.
Danielle Washington is currently engaging in virtual instrumentation with her K-4 grade students at CICS Washington Park. "We are using the website https://www.musicca.com/piano. The website gives our students a sense of the sound of the instruments. It also provides an up-close view of how to operate them. The joy on my student's faces says it all. Some of the students gave me a rating on the first day and I was so excited to receive 10 out of 10. It's just a cool way to keep the students engaged as we are all trying to keep their attention. We are currently getting ready for Black History Month. In the meantime, we are learning how to operate instruments and learning fun songs on them".
Steve Bradley of Acero Charter Schools - Octavio Paz Campus has enjoyed using Shared Piano to have the students learn songs. "They can save the song that they played and share it with me as a submission for an assignment."
Frank Cademartori of CICS Irving Park shares that he's been using SeeSaw for the first time this year and has found it very helpful. "It is one of the things that I'll continue to use even when we return to in-person learning. SeeSaw Centers have been my digital version of music choice centers. I create an assignment and student can navigate through the playlists choosing which ones they want to do, and what order to complete them in."