Spotlight on Strings and Another Performance Class

Today was the end of our second to last week of classes in Spoleto! We had a full schedule with Italian, Arts and Ideas and Art and Architecture in the morning. Many students enjoyed the "mercatino" in lower Spoleto which happens every Friday morning. The vendors have clothes, fruits, meats and various household items. A favorite with SSA students are the "thrifting tables" where you can sort through piles of clothes and purchase for €3 each or two pieces for €5. 

Ainsley

Favorite part of SSA so far: Visiting the sunflower fields and singing "The Climb" while waiting for the bus to come on the way back to town!
Favorite gelato flavor: Tiramisu
She has been playing viola: since she was 11.

Mary Slade

Favorite part of SSA so far: Going to the sunflower fields with the Photography & Creative Writing Groups and singing at the bus stop!
Favorite gelato flavor: Limone & Cioccolato
She has been playing violin: since she was 4.

After dinner we had our second performance class where students showcase their works in progress. First up were the Creative Writers who read a patchwork poem about their time in the sunflower fields. We hope you enjoy the opening lines featured below:

Next up, two of our Visual Artists, Annalivia and Jill, shared their progress in working on their self portraits. They both emphasized the way they have learned to view their face, not as a set of features, but as multiple planes in various shades. 

After hearing from the Visual Art students, we learned more about the Photography process from three of our photo students. (We apologize for the low resolution images- these were taken from the projections of the presentations made by students!)

 Laura explained her process in taking multiple photos on different settings to gain different effects in focus, lighting and color.

Laura explained her process in taking multiple photos on different settings to gain different effects in focus, lighting and color.

 Grace showed us the effects of different photoshop tools and how they are used to lighten and darken specific areas of a photo.

Grace showed us the effects of different photoshop tools and how they are used to lighten and darken specific areas of a photo.

Mary Slade talked about their days focused on portrature and how they learned to ask if they could take someone's photo in Italian.

To finish our performance class, our filmmakers, Camille, Mady and Laura shared their short pieces about place. They chose to focus on the convent, the restaurant where we eat our meals and an alleyway in Spoleto respectively. After viewing the pieces, the students spoke about their inspirations for those places and the different tools they have been working to develop in class.

Tomorrow we are headed to Rome! A dopo!