Jan 01

Holy Family Activities and Arts Watch Party

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Let’s end our year celebrating the talents of our student athletes, artists, and musicians. Over 1,200 members of our community joined our livestream of the Class of 2020 Baccalaureate and Commencement Mass on Wednesday, May 20. This week we invite you to tune in at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 28, for the Holy Family ESPYs, Spring Virtual Coffee House, Spring Band Performance, and the earlier shared Virtual Art Show.

The 2020 Holy Family ESPY’S

AWARDS SHOW HONORING HOLY FAMILY STUDENT ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES

Introducing the first annual Holy Family ESPY’S, recognizing excellence in student athletics and activities.

Holy Family Spring Virtual Coffee House

One of Holy Family’s favorite musical nights of the year went virtual this spring with a coffee house featuring a few veteran performers.

Holy Family Band presents “Music from our Virtual Journey.”

From our Mrs. Laura Boillat, HFCHS Director of Vocal Music: Learning, rehearsing and performing music is on an ongoing group project, with an ENORMOUS amount of subtle yet essential non-verbal communication between musicians. School moving online in mid-March due to Covid-19 turned music performance groups on their heads! The Holy Family Band was no exception, but we embraced the online format and began a journey into the world of studio music and music production. In doing so, we have learned a LOT about recording, editing, and mixing, and just how vital that non-verbal communication is to perform live music effectively. We have certainly grown as musicians through this experience!

Many of the virtual performances presented here are the culmination of our third project in our exploration of a digital audio workstation (DAW) called Soundtrap (similar in function to Garageband). Students started out experimenting with loops and beats to create original ringtones they could use on their phones. We then moved on to incorporating our own recorded tracks for project two. Project three expanded on it and required students to work individually or in groups to create layered recordings along with loops. It took countless hours for everyone to get from zero to their final product. After the music was selected, we familiarized ourselves with it through listening and practicing. Working with a timeline of what needed to be done and setting goals for accomplishment, students needed to collaborate with others in their group to make musical and non-musical decisions. Students then began recording their parts in their homes, using only the equipment they had on hand. Recording, along with editing, required a lot of problem-solving and experimenting with everything from microphone placement (typically just a computer or phone) to tempo and balance. Students then layered, edited, and mixed them into our final performance of the 2019-2020 school year.

We present to you “Music from our Virtual Journey.”

The 2020 Virtual Visual Arts Show

Check out our Spring Art Showcase!

 

Jan 01

2020 Virtual Art Showcase

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At the close of each semester, the Holy Family Catholic High School Visual Arts Department features a showcase of student work in ceramics, painting, drawing, illustration, photography, and videography. This year’s showcase occurred during our period of online learning, but dedicated visual art instructors, Dr. Shelagh Gamble and Mr. Brad Perrin-Smith, remained committed to seeing their students artwork presented for viewing for the Holy Family Community.

Artwork in feature image is ceramic by Reyana S.

A full list of students featured in the Holy Family Visual Arts show is included at the bottom of this post. All artworks included in this showcase are the property of the student artists and Holy Family Catholic High School, and may not be used without permission.

We checked in with Dr. Gamble and Mr. Perrin-Smith to learn more about the virtual showcase.

How did you come up with the idea of a virtual show?

Dr. Gamble: It’s been a popular thing to do at art museums with all the closures, and it just made sense to give it a try. The biggest challenge I had was that students had to learn how to photograph 3-D artwork at their homes, which as Mr. Perrin-Smith knows is an art form in itself.

Mr. Perrin-Smith: The virtual show is really no different for the photography students, as we always have this type of presentation showing in the Bus Lobby on a big screen during the event. This year, we just decided to add the non-photo students work the same way.

Why is it important to continue with the showcase?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: I believe it is good to continue for two reasons: the goal of showing keeps the student on track and working; the result of showing/exhibiting, is a critical component of art-making. It allows the artist’s voice to be heard and just as important, allows the artist to hear the audiences’ voice, praise, dislike, or ambivalence, from which the artist learns how to clarify their voice/expression.

Dr. Gamble: I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Perrin Smith’s comments. In addition, our students have been working hard on their artwork all semester, and some over longer periods of time.  I wanted to make sure everyone, especially our seniors had a chance to share their work with the community.


Are your students still creating art even though they are learning from home? If so, what type of assignments have they had?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: Photo students always create outside of class, so it is not so different. Things would have been the same EXCEPT shelter-in-place and social distancing effected the opportunities and also became some of the topics.

Dr. Gamble: Absolutely!  The painting and drawing students are completing assignments fairly similar to what we would do in the classroom. The clay students, however, are doing some completely different things since they don’t have access to clay. They have worked on recycled sculptures, Origami, museum tours and re-makes and even tried to make their own clay!  It has been a pretty wild experiment.


What has inspired you when working with your students online?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: Willingness to try different things and maintain some semblance of normal class routines.

Dr. Gamble: The students continue to create artwork in so many creative ways, despite the challenges they are facing. Many of them are working in materials they have never tried before and they have really embraced the process.

What have you missed most about teaching during online learning?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: Group critiques, though it should be as easily done in on-line meetings, the students seem less willing to engage in the same way using technology.

Dr. Gamble: I miss the energy and collaboration that happens when students are creating in the same space. The little conversations and informal feedback that happens as the work is being made is invaluable to the final results. Art can be such a collaborative process and not having the interactions can force us into closed circles of creating.


List of students submitting work in the Spring Visual Arts Showcase

Here are my students:

Aiden O.
Abbey H.
Anika O.
Betsy R.
Danielle S.
Evelyn M.
Gaby C.
Lucy T.
Grace M.
Indira S.
Jared L.
Jake C.
Katie J.
Lauren M.
Lauren P.
Lucy H.
Luke J.
Luke O.
Maddi D.
Megan S.
Natalie L.
Nicole R.
Olivia G.
Olivia P.
Owen L.
Reagan C.
Rebecca E.
Reyana S.
Shannon F.
Sydney A.
Thomas A.M.
Zoe G.

Photography:

Anton B.
Emma B.
Dayrin J.
Luke S.
Luke K.
Kori L.
Jackson R.
Jordyn S.
Collin N.

 

May 10

Spring Music Concert and Art Show

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Arrive early for the Spring Instrumental and Vocal Music Concert to enjoy the work of Holy Family artists during the Spring Art Show.

Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Jan 01

Art on Display

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Over the course of the coming week, Holy Family artists will have their pieces displayed in three exhibits– the Holy Family Spring Art Show held in the school’s bus lobby next Thursday and Friday, and two hosted by organizations outside of the building, going on now.

Over 100 pieces of ceramic, painting, drawing, photography, and video will be on display in the hallways on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28. The show will remain open for guests attending the Friday music concert held in the Performance Center.

The artwork of twenty Holy Family students is currently on display at Charter Bank High School Art Exhibit at its Chanhassen branch until April 28. There is a special artist reception on Sunday, April 23, from Noon-1:30 p.m.

Ten additional Holy Family student pieces are part of this year’s Third Congressional District High School Art Competition and Exhibition hosted by Congressman Erik Paulsen. Their works and those of students from ten area high schools are available to view now through April 24 in the lobby of the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works will be on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Ms. Gamble encourages students to enter art shows and exhibitions, stating, “The semester art shows held on campus in the winter and spring are a great way for family, friends, staff, and students to see the work of our students. Taking it outside of our building gives students an opportunity to have their art seen by a much broader audience. Being selected to be in exhibits such as these is an incredible honor for our students and our school.”

 

 

 

 

Jan 01

Students recognized with Scholastic Art Awards

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 Holy Family artists submitted a variety pieces to the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards and several pieces are winners of Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention awards.  The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards have recognized the ingenuity, vision, and talent of America’s youth since 1923. The numbers of participants has increased ever since their inception.

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Jan 01

Student Artists Contribute to Empty Bowls Fundraiser

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Holy Family students artists will once again contribute to PROP’s Empty Bowls fundraising efforts. Proceeds from this event help to alleviate hunger in our local communities. Run by People Reaching Out to People (PROP), Holy Family began participating in 2012 and has continued to do so every year since. According to PROP, “Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.”

PROP began in 1971, when an Eden Prairie pastor asked Gerry Beckmann and others to make Thanksgiving food contributions to local needy families. The organization has grown in scope and participation since then, but at its heart the goal is the same.

For this particular fundraiser, students at local schools make clay bowls on the wheel at school and donate them to Empty Bowls. Here at Holy Family, students can make bowls for the next few weeks after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. The goal is to create 100 bowls to donate. All students and staff are invited to participate.

The event itself is free, and will take place on February 21st at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie from 11am – 1:30pm and 4pm – 7pm. At the event, you receive one of the hand made bowls with soup served in it. The food is donated by local restaurants. Attendees get to keep the bowl, which was made by an artist from the local community.

In addition to the food, there will be entertainment and a silent auction at the fundraiser. A donation is asked for but not required. The donations assist PROP in their service of over 1,100 families in the Southwest Metro. Nearly half of those PROP provides food service to are under the age of 17.

Anyone interested in helping should stop by the art room after school and check it out. Help glazing the bowls will be needed closer to February.