Comic strips have changed since the days of “Calvin and Hobbes” and “Garfield.” Today’s alternative comics, from “Life Is Hell” to “Maakies” to “Underworld,” express uniquely personal and edgy humor. In this class, we will survey the evolution of comic strips from their earliest days to the present, while creating our own multi-paneled strip. In five days, students will create characters and a setting, develop a narrative, and complete a side-splittingly hilarious comic. No drawing skills necessary!
JEAN MAHER AND PIETER MULDER
The hit TV show Glee continues to grow its audience each week with cast members riding the crest of fame into even bigger entertainment careers. Come ride that same wave with Mrs. Maher and Mr. Mulder in Pro Glee-ta! For a change this year, we’re going to plug in, add a few backing instruments to our rock-solid vocals, and build a band that’s ready to rock a three-song set in front of the school on Saturday morning of Pro Vita week. We’ll cover some current hits (think Some Nights by Fun) and have a blast doing it. No prior singing experience is required or assumed. Instead, sign up if you’ve always dreamed of singing with a group and performing live in front of your friends. Will Schuester (Mr. Mulder in sweater vest) and Sue Sylvester (Mrs. Maher in matching track suit) are counting on you!
RADIO FREE BERKSHIRE PODCASTING
ED SURJAN AND CLIVE DAVIS
Create podcasts that can be played on demand anytime, anywhere online! Discover how to easily produce, record and edit your own shows or programs using audio editing and podcasting apps. Students will learn a variety of audio engineering techniques including the use of fades, compression, EQ, and how to record with a microphone. With specific themes, student groups will create episodic material, focused around Pro Vita but encompassing anything from Berkshire athletics to live class discussions. These podcasts will be aired live on Berkshire’s own WBSL.
Tracing the beginnings of the traditional ballad from its origins as a medieval French dance song to the time of Robin Hood and continuing through the 20th century, students will listen to singers of ballads, research the story of their own favorite ballads, and then write and perform their own version for the class. Will it be another Tom Dooley, Charlie on the MTA, or Bob Dylan’s The Hurricane? A ballad of lost love, cruel murder, or keen adventure? Work on your expressive and creative side as you join one of Berkshire’s best improvisational singers for a week of songs.
Learn to take photographs the old-fashioned way! Say goodbye to the digital age and say hello to black & white film, darkrooms and smelly chemicals, as we explore shooting photographs with film and analog cameras. Students will develop and print their own photos using Berkshire’s darkroom facilities and through the process, gain a better understanding of the underlying principles of photography and an appreciation for patience needed to create a small, unique work of art. Point, click, and develop!
DESIGN TEAM 101: THE ART OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
ANNA RUBINO CP ’13
Do you like websites with cool graphics? Ever stopped to consider the graphics on your favorite energy drink can or the logo on a t-shirt? Ever want to design those kinds of things yourself? Explore what it means to be a Professional Graphic Designer/Visual Communicator. You will learn firsthand the way professionals apply design thinking and what it is like to work on a real life design project, generating an original design both solo and in collaboration with a design team. Can’t draw? Not a problem. We’ll create, choose, and organize design elements for a variety of items ranging from t-shirts to a movie website and everything in between!
LEARN TO PLAY THE BAGPIPES
MIKE DALTON AND QUINTIN POLLART ’15
Want to learn how to play the iconic musical instrument of the Clans of the Highlands and one of the world’s oldest instruments? This course will introduce participants to the Great Highland Bagpipe, which is known as Piob Mhor. No musical experience required. Participants will need to purchase a practice chanter, which all pipers use to practice their tunes. By the end of the week participants should be able to work through tunes like Scots Wae Hae and Amazing Grace. During the week students will have the opportunity to handle several types of pipes. Oh, and you don’t actually have to be Irish or Scottish, as bagpipes are played by peoples all over the globe.
Are you an artist and a “green” thinker? Combine your interests in sustainability with the art world. Many modern artists are making a living by creating art from cast-off materials! Paper, plastic, soda cans, candy wrappers, you name it! We will make a different piece of “upcycled art” each day and take a day trip off campus to a museum or gallery to see some large-scale installation sculptures made from reclaimed materials. Explore inflatable sculptures, woven materials, illuminated art pieces, and installation work. The winner of an in-class creative challenge will see their work come to fruition in Berkshire Hall Atrium.