The Carmel Catholic Fine Arts Department hosted the first-ever Fine Arts Senior Signing Day in late May. This event featured 17 graduating seniors who are choosing to major or minor in an area of study related to the Fine Arts.
The mental health and wellness of children and teenagers have been at the forefront of headlines since shortly after the onset of Covid-19 two years ago and continues to worsen. But ever since students were forced to learn remotely, members of the Carmel Catholic High School Orchesis dance program have been leading health and wellness outreach programs with grade and middle schoolers via Zoom, and now in-person.
Carmel students in Drawing and Painting Honors partnered with The Memory Project to create portraits for youth who have faced substantial challenges, including neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and poverty and homelessness. These children have few special belongings to help capture their life stories. Carmel students focused on children of the Syrian refugee crisis, creating portraits during the Fall 2020 semester.
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 restrictions, Carmel’s Fine Arts department still found a way to showcase students’ talents and spread some Christmas cheer in a completely new virtual format. On December 22, the department presented the annual Christmas concert on their YouTube channel. The concert included unique performances from a large variety of ensembles. Students from Carmel’s choral, instrumental, dance, and dramatic arts programs were all featured throughout the presentation.
Students displayed an immeasurable amount of flexibility, adaptability, strength, fluidity, and hardiness in the preparation and performance of their fall production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.
During eLearning in November, students in String Ensemble crafted a virtual performance: individual tracks edited together to create an ensemble. With our minds on the upcoming holiday, they studied and performed Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” Students explored Lauridsen’s simple Renaissance harmonies that create complex emotions in this portrayal of the Virgin Mary. Lauridsen was heavily influenced by the Spanish Baroque painting “Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose'' by Francisco de Zurbarán. To create a powerful performance, students closely examined the music, making connections between the text, painting, and their own faith.
Maddie Zitella is passing her love of dance along to elementary school children. Maddie, with the help of fellow Carmel dance students, is teaching basic fundamentals of dance and creative movement, including proper stretching, all culminating in a simple dance combination.
The online gallery features 500 pieces from Intro to Art, Art I, Ceramics & Sculpture, Graphic Design, Photography, Open Studio and AP Studio courses. Also a brand new feature, 3 Stars Design Co.'s Spring 2020 product line is available in an online shop. Take time to view the work of our students who faced a unique semester of solo artmaking at home.