High School Fine Arts
Fine Arts Yield High Achievement
Valerie Bowles: Visual Arts
On my visit to the classroom last week I saw global awareness and compassion for the environment prevailing in a beautiful painting a student was working on. It portrayed flowers growing out of plastic garbage. Perseverance was displayed at another table where Mrs. Bowles helped frustrated students overcome some obstacles with the glaze they were using for their pottery. Three students collaborated on a painting project in the back of the room.
The vision of the art club is to produce art to donate within the school and community. One of the current art club projects that students are working on is creating bowls from pottery that they will donate to Crossroads for the Souper Bowl fundraising event.
Dr. Alan Denney: Choir
The choral program at Estes Park High School is exemplary and for a small community the number of students participating in the choral program is impressive. Dr. Denney continues to build a large choir, and that is because the students love it! He brings a witty sense of humor to the classroom and keeps his students smiling and laughing.
If you have been to any of the productions, you know the level of talent he is able to bring out of his students. This fall's production of "Legally Blonde" was a huge success and contained a dynamic cast and challenging music that the students mastered in a short amount of time. Hat's off to Dr. Denney, his team of directors choreographers, and great cast!
Kaylin Brennan: Band
In addition to teaching students how to play a variety of instruments, she brings creativity to the performances. The marching band performance is a display of athleticism and creative dance. She challenged students to create videos of their interpretation of the music which played behind them at the spring concert. She is creative in the ways you wouldn't imagine and provides students a chance to make the music they play meaningful to themselves and inspiring to their audiences.
Global Outcomes in Band and Choir
The Global Outcome of perseverance is noticeable in the weeks leading up to these performances when students critique and fine tune their performance which presents obstacles and frustration for students to overcome.
Students learn to communicate and collaborate with each other effectively to produce a show. If you were lucky enough to see the marching band show this winter, you would have seen a great display of physical wellness watching students march, run, and dance across the field. Dr. Denney and Ms. Brennan choose pieces of music that highlight the Global Outcomes and discuss these connections with students.