Printmaking and Critical Thinking, Trimester 1 – The Process, in Pictures

Printmaking and Critical Thinking, Media Presentations

The theme for this trimester’s media classes was ‘voice’, or more accurately, ‘what it means to have a voice’. Students explored this theme through the physical mediums of dance and physical education, the visual mediums of printmaking and digital production, or the written and verbal medium of the Spanish language.  Students were exposed to, and asked to regularly reflect upon the ways in which artists share their voice through their medium of choice, and how they could express their own voice through their artwork.

In ‘Printmaking and Process’ students created a series of related prints that visualized a chosen social or political issue that concerned them, combining text and image, demonstrating an understanding of the principles of design, and ultimately sharing their own individual voices in an effective, creative and cohesive fashion.  In the course of the trimester, students engaged in regular critiques of their work in progress, considering their opinions, questioning their environment, and learning from one another. They were exposed to, and researched the work of contemporary artists working in a variety of visual media, becoming familiar with their process, their inspirations, and their distinct, yet effective ways of communicating their concerns.

UAM’s Premiere Drama Course

“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.”
– Stella Adler

This year at UAM we are proud to present a new installment to our media program: Drama/Theatre Studies. In this class, we’ll be exploring several essential questions related to theatre. Speaking before an audience can be frightening, but it can also be very powerful. In short, our aim for the class is to be brave, honest and revealing through verbal and physical expression.

Here’s an outline for the progression of topics we’ll be exploring throughout the trimester:

1. History of Theatre
2. The Stage and Stage Directions
3. Theatre Games
4. Rehearsal/Script Analysis
5. Voice and Body
6. Monologues in performance
7. Actions/Acting Objectives
8. Scene Work
9. Ensemble Work
10. Reflection and Criticism

Since this is a theatre class, students are expected to perform for the class. The basis for the art of acting is delving deep into the emotional well. Dare to explore a side of yourself that you never expected to find. Three performance “products” amount to a media presentation representing our work here. These performances include Monologues, Duet Scenes, and Ensemble Work.

We look forward to an outstanding year!