Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter CCL Projects

Kiersten's CCL class for first semeseter was sound studio. She enjoyed learning about recording music and all that goes into it. For her final project, she and her group recorded an album of 5 songs called Enjoy Nature. They all helped write the tracks, and recorded the music with computer software. One of her friends played the violin and another played the guitar. Kiersten sang on one of the tracks called, "together" and also collaborated on the lyrics. They also made a game to go along with the music where you clean up trash in a park, so they got a little programming in as well. 

She showed us the programs and equipment, but I'll admit I had very little idea what she was talking about. I just smiled and nodded. 

Kara seemed sort of jealous because se has not taken this class before. Evie was intrigued, and honestly trying to figure out how it all worked. Kiersten kept explaining it like it was the most obvious process in the world. 
She also wanted to look for her artwork in the hallway. That's hers in the center. She was slightly perplexed that it was hung sideways. But they were all hung that way in order to fit on the board. 
Kara's first semester class was a gifted art component on creating and developing a business. She got to choose her own project. A lot of the kids had built pretty cool models and games. Kara designed bows, and researched the process for setting up a business. She even got permission to sell some bows at project night. She spent a lot of time creating her fabulous bows to display. 

When I saw her project I was kind of surprised at first, because it didn't seem like weeks worth of work. But I soon realized that the majority of her time was spent on the computer designing her logo, business cards, and elements for an online shop. This is at least the 4th version of her business card. I think it's a safe assumption that the graphic design was what she took away from the project. That's not the outcome I would have expected, but rather interesting for me to realize. 
She did do a beautiful job of making bows, and one of the other teachers at school helped her out with supplies and a sewing machine. 
The last day before winter break was a half day, and the girls were invited to a fun Christmas party with their friends. 
Kiersten's class had a pajama day, so she insisted on changing into something more party appropriate. 
They had a grand time, and so did the moms. 

Here are a few six flags pics. It was cold, but practically deserted, so that was a fun visit. 

There was no waiting for Santa, so the elves called us over. They may have been a little bored. We seriously didn't see more than maybe 50 other people while we were there. They wouldn't let me take a picture with my own camera, annoyingly, so here is the print I got. It sure got them in the Christmas spirit!
Kiersten also ran into the big guy on her way to the bathroom at Wal-Mart. He called out for her to see if she wanted to get a picture. She thought that was pretty random. 

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