The Arts Fair - Celebrating the Arts on Zoom

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - By: Edna Widenmaier, Director of Arts

We inherently understand how important arts are in everyone’s life either as the creator or the audience. Arts heal, console, inspire. They allow us to play. They are fuel for our hearts and minds. They lift us up. Every arts afternoon we have been privileged as our teachers continue to nurture the creative blossoming of all our students.

We often work one on one to build confidence and competency, to share the “Ah ha” moments, so what happens when those relationships that develop in the studios and performance spaces are now transformed to a virtual world? What is the experience like for the student?  

The Online Arts Fair has been an opportunity every arts afternoon that allows all of Brentwood’s community to participate in 30 minute classes with our outstanding arts faculty, and have opened creative doors that students might not yet have experienced in the arts.

These Master classes, which began on April 15, have enabled students to draw an abstraction through magnification using material at home, then robotics shared a vex coding activity, followed by 3D Arts with its home-based competition. Students have also experienced pottery, an arts scavenger hunt, the role of costumes and makeup in musical, a student-led animation class, and a combined music faculty with student jazz performers outplaying each other on “What’s My Beat?”.  

There was also dance, a radio play, musical theatre dance, art foundation doing still life drawing, origami, a special guest alum on television broadcasting and photography, an alumna tattoo artist, finishing with an Arts Scavenger Hunt on June 10 - the final art afternoon of the term.

If you were not able to be with us live, visit our YouTube channel to view the classes:

When the going gets tough, the arts faculty get very creative.

Edna Widenmaier, Director of Arts

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