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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hey, Where Did All The Teachers Go?

Apex Art Staff Tours Green Energy Park  

During the second half of this week, not one but all four Art Teachers vanished from Apex. "Where did they go?" You might ask.. Well, here's the story.

Former Apex student now turned blacksmith

A few months ago, the Art Teachers had an idea. What if there was one place a student could go to get inspired, learn about what materials are needed for different projects and watch tutorial videos to learn about techniques? From that one idea, the Art of Apex Portal was created.

During the glass blowing tour 

However, having an idea is one thing ... writing all the content, filming, uploading and linking all the videos is another. We needed time and a location to do all that so we decided to apply ..and were accepted ... to spend three days at The NC Center for Teacher Advancement (NCCAT).

Glass gets pretty hot when you melt it :) 

First stop, a meeting with former Apex student, current blacksmith and future art teacher, Chelsea M for a tour of the Green Energy Park. This place is so cool. It uses the methane gas, produced by the nearby landfill to provide the energy for the studio. This includes the blacksmith shop as well as the glass blowing studio. We got a tour of each.

The Gallery 

Afterwards, we took a look around the gallery.. Always exit through the gift shop...  All work created by artist who use the space.

Ms Purtee #arting hard on the Artist Behaviors section

After that it was time to get to work. We spent the rest of Thursday and all of Friday filming video and creating the assessment on the "what do I think" page, as well as uploading and posting everything to the portal. It was brain numbing as we worked from 8 in the morning till 8 at night.

Ms Rossi and Ms Sudkamp video after video after video

Hopefully, all the hard work will pay off. We still have more to do but for now the portal is off to a good start!

Ms Sudkamp #arting it up at Riverwood Pottery

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