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Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology

1299 Bryant Ave, Mt. View, CA 94040 T 650-940-4680   F 650-961-1346
2 Required Classes: English and Design 3rd/Elective Class:  + Animation or Digital Media or Film
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All our projects will allow students to explore real world issues that interest them and affect their community. With the help of teachers and industry partners, students will develop multimedia presentations to present their findings in exhibitions. These exhibitions will demonstrate the students’ understanding of content, as well as their proficiency in academic, technical and 21st Century Skills.

At Freestyle, you will not only strengthen the necessary writing, speaking, and research skills you will need in college, but learn critical communication skills that will help you express your ideas in exciting and original ways. Your portfolio of work will allow you to present yourself in a unique manner to admissions officers, employers, and/or clients. By the end of two years at Freestyle, your portfolio will have examples that will set you apart with but not limited to the following:

Here are more details about all of our Junior Projects 1 - 4 and Senior Projects 5 - 8

Junior Projects

Class

Conceptual
1st Qtr

Visual Narrative
2nd Quarter

Documentary
3rd Quarter

Explorations
4th Quarter

English

Poetry

Short Story:
Visual Narratives

Magazine Article or Book

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Design

Conceptual Art &
Shoot in RAW

Narrative Illustration

Magazine Article or Book

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Digital Media

Conceptual Music, Website, &
Haiku Video

Narrative Animation
Narrative Website

Intro Vid &
Documentary Website

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Film

Experimental Film

Storyboards,
Narrative Short Film

Profile
Documentary Film

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Animation

TBA

TBA

TBA

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Senior Projects

Class

Reflections
1st Quarter

Narrative Perspectives
2nd Quarter

Zenith
3rd Quarter

Portofolio Showcase
4th Quarter

English

Personal Essay &
Surrealist Writing

Narrative Perspectives &
Research Paper for the Zenith Project

Humor & Satire

Oral Storytelling &
Senior Showcase Presentation

Design

Diptych,
BW HDR Photography

Surrealism Photograph and Illustration,
Book Jacket

Zenith Design

Portfolio Showcase

Digital Media

JavaScript, Web Animations &
Perspective Video

Audio Book, Book Trailer &
Website

Live DJ Intro and Zenith

Portfolio Showcase

Film

Video Essay

Narrative 2 Film

Narrative 2 Film and Zenith

Portfolio Showcase

Animation

TBA

TBA

TBA

Portfolio Showcase

Junior Project 1: Conceptual
"How can I use unconventional forms to express myself?"

Art by Courtney Coffman - Class of '13

 

For the Conceptual Project, Juniors develop their abstract thinking and communication skills to answer the question,

 

"How can I use unconventional forms to express myself?"

 

This project emphasizes creative risk-taking through poetry, music, art, animations, experimental film and web production, challenging students to express their opinions through a distinct personal aesthetic. Students begin developing their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Autodesk Maya, and Google Apps.

 

Red by John Logan
In English (for all students), you will

  • Read various poems
  • Read Red by John Logan
  • Write an ekphrastic poem in response to a piece of museum art
  • Write Poetry
  • Honors: Poet Study
  • Present a Photo Haiku
  • Perform a spoken-word poem
  • Poetry Rubric

What's new? Everything!

In Design (for all students), you will learn Design Foundations using Fine Art, Photography, and Digital Media. Using Photoshop and Photography, you will:

What's new? Everything!

 

Examples - June/2015, 2014, 2013

 

In Film (for Film students only), you will:

What's new? Everything!

 

Examples - June/2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

In Digital Media (for Digital Media students only), you will produce a website using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Pro Tools that features Conceptual Project work from all your classes

  • Stylized Poem Photos and Audio Performances of Poems from English
  • Photo Haiku video
  • Conceptual Music
  • Conceptual Art from Design
  • Website design based on one of your English poems and Design composition
  • Digital Media Project Rubrics

What's new? Everything!

 

Website examples - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

 

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in August.

Links on each of the above will take you to the rubric of that assignment.

Items listed on the calendar may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

When all of the above is completed, the general public will be invited to attend an Exhibition of your project work at the Computer History Museum in early February.

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Social and Civic Responsibility
  • Risk Taking


Art by Isabel Martynenko - Class of '17


Junior Project 2: Visual Narrative
How well can you
visually tell a structured story?

The Visual Narrative Project asks Juniors,

 

"How well can you visually tell a structured story?"

 

Beginning with an exploration of prose fiction and the graphic novel, students practice communicating character and story arc through descriptive storytelling, comic design, storyboards, films, and animations. Students deepen their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Autodesk Maya, and Google Apps.

 

For Oct - January at Freestyle, Juniors will:

1984
In English (for all students)

Persepolic
What's new? Learn how to write a story economically in a limited amount of space, to rely on imagery and action to tell a story, to use description to show rather than tell, to develop character and draw plot from character conflict to create a compelling yet believable narrative arc, to create original graphic novel panels using appropriate realism, abstraction, iconography, and closure. 

In Design (for all students) using Illustrator, you will

  • Learn linear perspective illustration techniques
  • Learn how to create digital story-telling illustrations
  • Illustrate the Rising Action Sequence from your English Graphic Novel in Comic Book Format
  • Learn layout design and color theory

What's new?  For Illustration: You will learn to drawn 1 point and birds-eye view perspective drawing using Fine Art and Illustrator. New Illustrator techniques: speech bubbles, effective font selection, individual text manipulation, clipping masks, compound paths, pathfinder tool, blend tool, and grid lines/rulers.

 

Illustrations - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

 

Starting in 2013-2014, we modified this unit. Here are links to project art produced in the previous version of this particular unit.

(No longer part of this unit)
Character Portraits - 2015, 2014
Photonarrative Archives - 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

In Film (for Film students only)

What's new? You will learn production techniques for effective narrative point of view and continuity. You will study how film directors manipulate the passage of time. You will learn how to create an effective pitch and treatment. You will develop your narrative through storyboarding and directing strategies for effective production. And you will use professional editing software to establish continuity.

 

Examples - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

In Digital Media (for Digital Media students only), produce a website using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate and Pro Tools that features

What's new? You will learn techniques in using Pro Tools for audio recording / editing, using Animate for producing animatics and animations, showcasing video on a website with javascript, and implementing SFXs for buttons.

 

Website archives from previous years

Animation archives - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

 

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in October.

Links on each of the above will take you to the rubric of that assignment.

Items listed on the calendar may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

When all of the above is completed, the general public will be invited to attend an Exhibition of your project work at the Computer History Museum in early February.

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
Persepolis


Profile

Junior Project 3: Documentary
"How do you creatively and truthfully portray a significant person, group, place, idea, or issue in the community?"

For the Junior Documentary Project, students will portray an intriguing person, group, place, idea, or issue, gathering primary and secondary research sources to develop a distinct perspective about their subject’s significance in the community and/or world. The research-based paper from English serves as the copy for the magazine article in Design and a film, commercial, and website. This unit emphasizes narrative-style journalism.

The New Kings
Freakonomics

In English (for all students), you will

  • Read Freakonomics, selections from the New Kings of Non-Fiction by Ira Glass, and selected news/magazine articles.
  • Investigate the ethical issues journalists, documentary filmmakers, and creative nonfiction writers face in their work.
  • Learn how to write and sequence interview questions and practice interview techniques
  • Write a research-based magazine article or text for a multi-chapter book for printed publication.

Honors students will do all of the above, plus the following:

  • Read and analyze a book-length work of contemporary nonfiction relating to your research topic (your chosen book must be at least 250 pages and approved by Mr. G.)
  • Lead in-class discussions on ethical issues explained in selections from Telling True Stories, A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

What's new?

  • You will learn to synthesize narrative and research material, to conduct successful interviews, to improve your research skills, and to analyze documentary media.
  • Organization of primary and secondary research within a conventional documentary structure (profile structure or multiple-chapter research paper structure)
  • Finding/using visual metaphors to express writer’s angle on documentary subject.
  • Study ethics in the context of journalism, documentary filmmaking, and creative nonfiction writing.

In Design (for all students), you will use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to

  • Use speeds lights and reflected light to stage characters to emphasize personality
  • Learn Lightroom to non-destructively edit photos
  • Produce a magazine article or book - Project Overview | Rubric
  • Create effective and moving photographic portrait of your documentary - Rubric | Artist Statement Info

What's new?

  • Analysis of what makes a portrait photo effective and moving using tone, color, cropping, background, mood and lighting
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of how location and character placement sets the tone for your character
  • Analysis of the difference between action shots vs staged poses
  • Creation of vignettes
  • Introduction to speed lights and 3 point lighting for portrait photography
  • Photoshop: clone stamp, spot healing brush, dodge and burn to enhance photographs

Magazine Article Examples - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Book Examples - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Portrait Examples - 2015, 2014, 2013

Examples of previous units with different conceptual and technical emphasis - 2011, 2010, 2009

In Film (for Film students only), you will use Premiere Pro/Final Cut Pro, Canon T6i, and the Tascam DR-05 recorder to

What's new? You will use a prosumer camera and learn more advanced tools to create cinematic, sophisticated shots.  You will learn how to develop your subject's story, using narrative structure within the context of a broader social or political issue.  When appropriate, you will use Adobe After Effects for visual interest.

 

Examples - 2016, 2015, 2014A, 2014B, 2013A, 2013B, 2012A, 2012B, 2011A, 2011B, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

 

Examples of previous units with different conceptual and technical emphasis - 2011, 2010, 2009

In Digital Media (for Digital Media students only), you will produce a commercial and website using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Reason, Pro Tools, HTML5/CSS3 that features Documentary Project work from all your classes

  • Magazine Article and/or Book from English and Design
  • Documentary Commercial created in After Effects - rubric
  • Website specifications and rubric

What's new? You learn about CSS Transitions and you will start to learn Reason and After Effects to produce your Profile Commercial with motion graphics, audio, photographs, and kinetic typography.

 

Website & Commercial examples - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

 

Examples of previous units with different conceptual and technical emphasis - 2011, 2010, 2009

 

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in January.

Links on each of the above will take you to the rubric of that assignment.

Items listed on the calendar may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

When all of the above is completed, the general public will be invited to attend an Exhibition of your project work at Freestyle in late May.

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Social and Civic Responsibility
  • Risk Taking

We asked students
"In what ways did you value this project?"
and here are some responses

  • Gave me the chance to get to know someone I respected a lot deeper.
  • The profile project really helped me get out of my comfort zones in multiple ways. I wasn't very comfortable doing the interviews at first but I realized this was a challenge I needed to overcome and once I did, it made the entire process easier. It also taught me how to tie all my pieces together in a cohesive yet representative manner. And I'm not a very comfortable public speaker so this helped me again break out of my shell a little.
  • I really valued the profile project because we got to use skills obtained from the documentary project last year and further improve them. I loved designing our magazine articles because even though we designed our books last year, which is somewhat similar, we were able to use what we learned to make these articles better than our books.
  • I thought it was a great experience that helps students grow because of the insane amount of work and planning.
  • I valued the project in its challenge to my abilities as an artist, photographer, and film maker. It forced me out of my comfort zone and into new scenarios. It also allowed me to gather a lot of experience as a film maker and photographer.
  • I learned many more photoshop techniques in Design class, and was able to work with jQuery more extensively than when working on the PLP. I also thought it was a great way to feature our community members.
  • Really helped me work with my classmates. I became a lot closer with all the film students through this project.
  • I found it very interesting. I learned a lot about the person I profiled on a deeper level. I found it entertaining and informative.
  • It was definitely the hardest/most intensive project I did at Freestyle, and it was in the thick of a very stressful time, so it made me work really hard, which I am proud of. It also gave me a new appreciation for what I have and the hard work of my father.
  • I learned much more about my subject and learned some time management
  • I learned a great deal about pursuing people, presenting information, time management, and the various applications we use. I want to especially highlight the pursuing people part, I became a better journalist through this experience.
  • I valued being able to learn more about my godfather.
  • Got closer to my father
  • I was able to learn and be inspired by an interesting figure.
  • l got to know a member of the community who i really value and admire. I also LOVED creating the magazine--that was my favorite part.
  • I thought it was a very valuable experience because I grew a lot as a writer, a designer and a programmer. I also learned how to budget my time, and coordinate my schedule with another person's schedule.
  • I valued in bettering my interviewee skills and developing another friendship with someone. I really pushed myself to progress with this project in my writing, website, and in design with the photos and designs.
  • I learned to grow by interviewing people I had never met before, which was really cool.
  • I think I really enjoyed the experiences the profile projects gave me. I was able to meet someone very important to his sport (Dan Green and powerlifting) and it gave me insight on how top level athletes behave. Overall it was a really cool and also surreal experience to be able to schedule interviews and work like a professional around someone who I thought I was never going to meet, and never would have thought I would have interviewed him.
  • I loved how I was able to document a person that I was interested in. It allowed me to produce something that I had the passion for. Designing a magazine layout has also helped me become a better designer. I had to use more design elements and actually learn what a magazine lay out looks like. For English I really enjoyed how we had to use a metaphor to help structure the essay.
  • I learned a lot about my friend's step dad, things that I hadn't known before, which shocked me in good ways.
  • First of all, this project made it possible for me to brag to all the non-Freestyle students that just when they are starting their senior projects, I'm wrapping mine up. I'm also really happy that I learned to write a journalist piece like our article and feel that this extended and more specific film really expanded my documentary production skills. I'm also grateful that I was able to meet Wilma because she turned out to be a very interesting and inspiring character.
  • I valued the help i got from the teachers, and the things i learned about big productions
  • It was a growth opportunity, we started extra early.
  • It was cool interviewing people.
  • I believe it was a good project to help develop the skills I would need later on in a professional environment.
  • This project allowed me to find an interesting topic that is relevant in society and to myself. I was able to step outside my comfort zone and build a strong relationship with my profile star. I was able to grow as a web and graphic designer and become more comfortable and efficient in meeting deadlines. I also was more comfortable interviewing my profile start with the recording equipment and asking personal questions.
  • Well I felt that the profile documentary I was making was really a nice showcase contribution to my subject, who I am personally close to.
  • The connections I shared with my profile person. How I connected with my classmates to do things better. Even though it was a one man project but it sure was not one mans work. By asking your classmate questions sure makes your own project better.
  • I valued the fact that I was able to grow closer with my family during the interview process.
  • I valued this project in that I learned a lot about someone I wouldn't have found out. Also, my outlook on life has change in such a positive way from my subject!
  • I valued that I was able to spend time with my star interviewee and really get to know them
  • I valued this profile project greatly because I knew that at the end of the project I wanted to show her what I've done not just because she is my teacher/Star, but just to show her the progress I myself have made, since she always asks. It was the first time I ever had to do so much on one particular person so that also made me more concerned on doing good. However I think I should have valued my English essay more, because when I edited it at the end, I realized it was too late to get the better grade.
  • I was able to start with a clear idea of what I was going to do because it was one person I was going to profile.
  • I valued the experience of interacting with my profile and understanding their lives. The magazine creation has taught me a dozen of new skills. My website making ability has also expanded.
  • I think it was a very good exercise in public speaking and learning to engage an audience and sell something you may not be 100% invested in.
  • I valued the opportunity for learning from this project. It's unique, engaging, and worth our time.
  • It was nice to talk to people I hadn't seen in a while.
  • It really brought our skills and education on what we have learned in one presentation and it's nice to see that we've come a long way.
  • It really made me appreciate what people do give to you. And to really just 100% make sure you're on the same page as someone but at the same time, make sure that they're comfortable. It taught me a lot more than I expected.
  • I really loved being able to choose the person we profiled because it let us work on a project we were interested in.
  • I valued that my skills in Final Cut Pro and in filming improved. I think that will help me for the next unit greatly.
  • I valued the profile project because it taught me that being creative is really important and in most cases leads to success. This is something that was taught to me by my profile person Chris Trapani.
  • I valued the time and preperation we received.
  • I valued the ability to show someone who needs to be heard to the world.



Junior Project 4: Explorations
"How can you find, explore, and/or expand your passion?"

For the Explorations Project, all Junior Freestyle students will explore his/her own passion and improve upon a particular skill set that addresses 21st Century Skills. Ultimately, each student will share his/her exploration with classmates as their Semester 2 Final. Students will have production time in all classes to complete this project. (Note: SBAC Testing will occur in the middle of May)

Details:

  1. All productions must ultimately become digital so that we can have a digital archive of your work to share with the world on our website.
  2. Topics are self-chosen but must address one of our 21st Century Skills.
  3. In English, you will research your topic. You are required to create a visual representation of your research (such as an Illustrator infographic) and present to the class digital documentation of your process developing your chosen skill.
  4. During Finals, we will all share and celebrate your newly learned skill and learn more about you and your passion(s). Each student will, at the very least, share his/her infographic and final production(s) to an audience of teachers and classmates. WebAudio students will create a single webpage to document his/her Explorations Project - more details here.

 

 

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in May.

Items listed on the calendar may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

When all of the above is completed, the general public will be invited to attend an Exhibition of your project work at Freestyle in late May.

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Social and Civic Responsibility
  • Risk Taking

Senior Project 5: Reflections
"Who am I?"

Self-Portrait
Reflections Diptych by Rachel Michaels - Class of 2015

 

The Reflections Project challenges Seniors to explore a question that is at once simple and deeply complex:

 

"Who am I?"

 

Experimenting with personal as well as lyrical essay forms, students develop insights about their experiences and identities before translating those ideas visually in an HDR photography diptychs, video essays, websites, and short animations. Students deepen their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Maya, Propellerhead Reason, and Google Apps.

For the first few months at Freestyle, Seniors will:

 

Blink
Citizen

In English, students will

  • Read closely, analyze in writing, and discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, selected creative nonfiction, personal essays, lyrical essays and prose poems.
  • Examine patterns in your own work that define your “artist’s signature”
  • Identify and reflect on your own biases about race, gender, economic status, etc.
  • Engage in discussions about the relationship between literature and current events/issues relating to race in contemporary American society, citing specific textual evidence from multiple sources to support your perspective and to challenge/question others.
  • Represent stories and perspectives of others in an original prose poem or lyrical essay passage
  • Craft effective personal writing which can be used to fulfill college essay and supplement requirements

Honors English students will do all of the above, plus the following:

  • Undertake more extensive and rigorous reading of poetry and prose in the selected reading categories listed above.
  • Compose an original piece of creative writing or media of your choice for a defined purpose and audience, in response to a controversial current event/issue.
  • As an accompaniment to the creative piece, write a reflective essay that sustains an argument about how and why you thought the way you did during your creative process, citing and analyzing quoted text from our course readings that challenged or influenced you.

What’s new?

  • As with Freakonomics last year, explore how storytelling can enhance research-based nonfiction writing; with Blink, learn how Gladwell delivers insights about psychology and neuroscience by balancing narrative and data.
  • Lyrical essay / prose poetry as literary genre
  • Learn what makes personal writing lively and authentic rather than cliche and dull.
  • As a bonus for those of you applying to college: Gain insight into your audience(s) of college admissions readers and learn how to appeal to them!

 

In Design (for all students), you will

  • Create a black and white diptych using HDR photography juxtaposing two images that are in discord and/or harmony. Using your reflective writing in English as a source of inspiration, you will base your two photo selections on two sides of your self that demonstrate part of what makes you complex as a person. 

 

What it isWhat's new?

  • black and white photography
  • HDR photography
  • diptychs

 

 

In Film (for Film students only), you will use Premiere Pro, Canon T6i, and the Tascam DR-05 recorder to

  • Produce a 2-3 minute Video Essay based on English writing
  • What it isRubric

 

What's new? You will use a DSLR camera and learn more advanced tools to create cinematic, sophisticated shots. When appropriate, you will use Adobe After Effects for visual interest.

 

Examples - 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

In Digital Media (for Digital Media students only), you will

  • Learn to use JavaScript to make websites more functional and dynamic as you revise or create your new Project Listing Page
  • Learn and implement techniques to produce responsive websites that adapt to the viewers device
  • Create a short animation in After Effects using English "Things I've Learned So Far" writing
  • Create a Perspective Video in After Effects on any topic of your choice
  • Details and Rubrics

What's new? You will learn to implement javascript/jQuery to for more dynamic functionality in your websites. In addition, you will start to learn After Effects to produce animation with motion graphics, audio, photographs, kinetic typography, 3D space and a variety of effects.

 

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in August.

 

 

Links on each of the above will take you to the rubric of that assignment.

 

Items listed on the calendar on the right may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

 

When all of the above is completed, the general public will be invited to attend an Exhibition of your project work at Freestyle in the 3rd week of October.

 

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
  • Risk Taking

 

Surreal Art by Sophie Ho
Art of Sophie Ho - Class of '12



Senior Project 6: Narrative Perspectives
"How well can you tell
a dialogue-driven story?"

The Narrative Perspectives Project asks Seniors,

 

"How well can you tell a dialogue-driven story?"

 

By exploring various narrative points of view and experimenting with dialogue in their story writing, students develop more advanced storytelling techniques and ideas they apply in the creation of book jacket designs, screenplays, films, trailers, and websites. During this project, Seniors also experiment using photography to explore dreamlike narratives in a unit on Surrealism. Students deepen their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as studio strobe photography, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Avid Pro Tools, Propellerhead Reason, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Maya, and Google Apps.

 

In English (for all students), you will

  • Write a Short Story - Rubric
  • Write a sales blurb and bio for an original Book Jacket
  • Read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Read various short narratives, including selected stories and author commentary from The Art of the Short Story
  • Use the research process to explore, focus, and deepen your thinking about your project in an extended research paper.

Honors English students will do all of the above, plus the following:

  • Read and present literary criticism about The Metamorphosis
  • Compose a literary analysis essay, citing textual evidence from the novella as well as several critical sources.
  • Read two independent books related to your research topic and cite them in your paper.
  • Gather and cite more scholarly sources in your research paper as well as at least two independent book-length readings. The resulting paper will be substantially longer than the regular English 4 paper.

What's new? You will learn about dialogue-based story-telling, experiment with different narrative perspectives/techniques, use Imagine Easy Scholar to gather, annotate, and organize online research sources (including databases), use the revolving research process to focus and deepen a research topic and thinking about your Zenith project, and use the writing process to plan, organize, revise, and edit a longer research paper.

In Design (for all students), you will use Photoshop and Illustrator to

What's new?

  • Mise en Scene photography (the setting or surroundings of an event or action)
  • Use props and lighting to enhance the power of the scene in an apropos setting.

 

Surrealism Examples - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

In Film (for Film students only), you will use advanced pre-production, production, and post-production techniques to

What's new? You will learn advanced cinematography and lighting techniques, learn how to make films look more cinematic, learn moving camera techniques, study film theory, and when appropriate, use Adobe After Effects for visual interest.

 

Examples - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

In Digital Media (for Digital Media students only), you will use Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Reason and Pro Tools to produce a single page website that animates the following content on/off the page:

What's new? You will learn more advanced techniques in using Pro Tools and Reason for audio recording / editing and foley, using After Effects for producing Book Trailers, and more javascript/jQuery techniques.

 

Website Examples - 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Animation (only 2010 - 2014) Examples - 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010

 

 

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in October.

Links on each of the above will take you to the rubric of that assignment.

Items listed on the calendar on the right may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

When all of the above is completed, the general public will be invited to attend an Exhibition of your project work at Freestyle in late May.

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Social and Civic Responsibility
  • Risk Taking

Senior Project 7: Zenith
"How do you ignite your passion
and elevate your skills and experiences
to create your ultimate and most successful Freestyle project?"

The purpose of the Senior Zenith Project is to ignite your passion and elevate your skills and experiences to create your ultimate and most successful Freestyle project.

For all classes, you will complete the following between mid-November and end-of-April:

  • Choose your own project topic and form based on your passion, skills, and experiences.
  • Use the research process and writing to explore, plan, and reflect on your project in a 5-7 page research paper and reflective post-project addendum.
  • Write a proposal for staff approval, including:
    • Your own timeline of achievement goals (including scheduling and incremental deadlines)
    • How you will use at least all eight Freestyle 21st Century Skills to develop your project
    • A plan for assessment
  • Present a Design proposal relevant to your project
  • Create a Design production related to your Zenith Project
  • Follow your timeline and produce the media for your project in Film and Digital Media class. You will still attend English and Design classes as usual.
  • Present your Zenith Project informally to all students including Juniors in early May

Archives (this project started in 2016): 2016

 

English

Humor and Satire:

While you are toiling away on your biggest project of the year, striving to reach your Zenith, you will find comic relief in English class with the Humor and Satire unit!

 

All English students will

  • Read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Read Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Analyze as well as enjoy classic and contemporary examples of humor and satire across a range of media forms
  • Produce an original piece of humor or satire, applying a variety of techniques you’ll learn. (And have the opportunity to perform!)

Honors students will do all of the above, plus the following:

  • Read and analyze satirical works of the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Compose an essay comparing the satirical purposes and techniques of three satirical works, each of a different time period (eg. Swift, Wilde, and Vonnegut).

Design

  • You will present a Design proposal relevant to your project
  • You will create a Design production related to your Zenith Project

Film

During Film class time, you will work to produce your Zenith Project media that you have planned.

Digital Media

During Digital Media class time, you will work to produce your Zenith Project media that you have planned.

 

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in October.

Links on each of the above will take you to the rubric of that assignment.

Items listed on the calendar on the right may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

When all of the above is completed, the general public will be invited to attend an Exhibition of your project work at Freestyle in late May.

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Social and Civic Responsibility
  • Risk Taking



Senior Project 8: Portfolio Showcase
"What have you accomplished?
How have you grown?
How did you grow into the
digital artist you are today?"

The purpose of this final Portfolio Showcase Project is for Senior students to celebrate and demonstrate their growth at Freestyle by presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence to convey a clear and distinct perspective as a digital artist and receive feedback from professionals in a related field to their presentation content. An additional goal is for community professionals to provide feedback about the Freestyle Academy program based on Senior Portfolio Showcase presentations.

Using the professional vocabulary of the mediums, students will communicate a line of reasoning by presenting projects to a professional audience to elicit feedback with

  • Strategic use of digital media - two Freestyle works (optional 1 non-Freestyle work) to feature the development of the artistic process from conception to completion
  • Justify effective choices for meaning or style or design
  • Demonstrate growth/discovery/development of passion, skills, talent, potential
  • Relate how the 21st Century Skills you learned at Freestyle support/contribute/are relevant to post-high school plans

Assignment:

  • Produce a 10-minute presentation, developing a distinct perspective of yourself as a digital artist through evidence of your growth across at least two Freestyle projects (optional 1 non-Freestyle work). Film students - share your presentation with presentation@freestyleacademy.rocks so we can streamline the transition between presenters. Digital Media students - you will be making a website for your presentation accessible through any web browser http://www.freestyleacademy.rocks/~UsernamE/portfolio.html
  • You will ultimately make your presentation to a panel consisting of two community professionals related to your presentation content, a Freestyle teacher, and a panelist member that you choose to invite. All presentations are at Freestyle and are open to the public and you may invite family and friends to be part of the audience for your presentation.
  • Here is the presentation schedule and panelist info.
  • At the end of your presentation, the panelists will ask questions and provide you feedback about your presentation. The entire process time is maximum 15 minutes.
  • In your ten minute presentation, you will display your chosen projects and briefly discuss for each one:
    • Demonstrate the development of the artistic process from conception to completion
    • Justify effective choices for meaning or style or design
    • Demonstrate growth/discovery/development of passion, skills, talent, potential
    • Relate how the 21st Century Skills you learned at Freestyle support/contribute/are relevant to post-high school plans
  • Here is the Portfolio Showcase Presentation Rubric

English/Design Class - You will develop your outline and you will rehearse your presentation to develop effective pacing, regular eye contact, and clear speaking, and you will use group feedback to revise your outline for content, organization, and professional vocabulary.

Film/Digital Media Class - You will produce your presentation during class time.

  • Film students - you must share your presentation with presentation@freestyleacademy.rocks so we can streamline the transition between presenters.
  • Digital Media students - you will be making a website for your presentation accessible through any web browser http://www.freestyleacademy.rocks/~UsernamE/portfolio.html.

Presentation logistics

  • Presentations will occur simultaneously in each of the 4 classrooms at Freestyle grouped according to content (Film content in Film room, Design content in the Design room, etc.)
  • Each student will be assigned presentation time based on content so that we can provide the appropriate professional panelists for your topic.
  • Each student must invite 1 person to be part of the panel and each student can invite any family and friends to be part of the audience for the presentation.
  • Monday May 22, 2017 - 1st presentation starts at 6 PM
  • Tuesday May 23, 2017 - 1st presentation starts at 6 PM
  • Wednesday May 24, 2017 - 1st presentation starts at 6 PM

Here is the Project Calendar which starts in May.

Items listed on the calendar on the right may have an document attached to it with more details about the assignment.

The general public will be invited to attend the end of the year Exhibition of your Semester 2 project work at Freestyle in late May.

21st Century Skills addressed:

  • Visual Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Self Direction
  • High Productivity
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Social and Civic Responsibility
  • Risk Taking