BHS Alumna, Sam Marchese (Class of 2016), came to visit the fashion class and also spoke with some marketing students regarding her experience after high school. Sam recently spent the summer in New York doing costume work for an independent film that will soon be released. She showed photographs of her experiences being on set and filming with the crew. Sam talked about how she was given a budget for clothing, purchasing many items for all of the actors in the movie -- relying on their self-taken measurements.
While Sam was in high school here at BHS, she was an extremely successful fashion design student, taking fashion for three years. She also worked part time at the costume room in Burlington, helping out with costumes for the Burlington musicals and plays. She works in the costume department at Providence College currently.
Currently Sam is a junior at Providence College, majoring in Marketing, with a specialized minor in costume design. Sam hopes to be a professional costumer in the future. Now with experience in the film industry, she has more options for her career.
The Digital Publishing Team consists of a group of students in grades 9-12 working together to create and design artwork for the school, the Burlington community, and beyond. Under the instruction of their teacher, the class learns design principles, marketing and business techniques and runs much like a professional design agency. The Cambridge Street Gallery exhibit showcases this year's winners for a multitude of design projects including the BHS yearbook, the school musical, the BEF road race, and even a logo for a local company. Students listened to clients' artistic needs, and used their design skills to create the works in this show.
The slideshow below is comprised of this year's design winners. All of these designs are exhibited in the Cambridge Street Gallery at 123 Cambridge Street.
Poetic Ramblings and Spectrum partnered together to invite all teachers and students to participate in the creation of Rainbow Peace flags. Simultaneously celebrating diversity and acknowledging human connection, the rainbow peace flag symbolizes inclusiveness and represents peaceful dialogue over violence. Students and teachers came together to decorate a flag for each classroom. The event was well attended and the vibe was full of positivity and love.
This event was our response to Natick, Massachusetts' mission, which was to give away Peace flags free to all residents to hang outside of their houses. You can find out more information about the Natick Peace Flag Project here.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Ms. Shannon Janovitz & Ms. Callie Graham and Poetic Ramblings, who had this wonderful idea and brought it to life. Also, thank you to Spectrum and our co-advisor Emily Bularzik who helped to plan and facilitate this excellent event.
"The rainbow peace flag is displayed throughout the world as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness. Now more than ever, it is important that we spread our message: to extend kindness and caring across national borders, with love that includes people of all sexualities, genders, abilities, religions, races, ages, and cultures, and to condemn acts of violence and hatred, embracing peaceful dialogue instead."
Local author Johanna Hartford stopped by the fashion design class at Burlington High School this year to talk about her new young adult fantasy novel, "The Ivory Rite," which tells the tale of Queen Diem.
"QUEEN DIEM HAS A DEADLY SECRET—ONE THAT SHE NEVER ASKED FOR, AND ONE THAT COULD COST HER EVERYTHING. AS SHE STRUGGLES TO DECIDE WHO IS WORTHY OF HER TRUST, AN OMINOUS PROPHECY AND THE RESURRECTION OF A GHOST FROM HER PAST WILL CAUSE HER TO QUESTION EVERYTHING SHE THOUGHT SHE KNEW."
Johanna and I thought working with the fashion class would make for a great collaboration. We tasked the fashion class with creating the iconic fashions from the novel. Johanna gave the students detailed descriptions taken from the text and students interpreted the excerpts to create these designs. This was the students' final project and was heavily weighted on their final grade. Ms. Hartford was thrilled when presented these designs by the class! Students took time to describe their designs and discuss how they made their artistic decisions. Johanna will be using some of the images below on social media to give readers a sense of the imagery from the book.
I have known Johanna for about 20 years and have seen her grow as an author. She has been featured in sites like Cosmopolitan, Mogul, and Huffington Post for her riveting commentaries. The Ivory Rite is her debut novel.
The Ivory Rite is now out! You can order it here on Amazon.
This summer students entering grades 6-8 for the 2017/2018 school year can enjoy time to create art and have some fun at the Burlington High School Art Department.
The art camp will consist of time to create, design, and explore art techniques. This includes drawing and painting. Students will use their imagination and observation skills to create one of-a-kind masterpieces. They will work collaboratively in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with many opportunities for self-expression.
Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 17-20, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Christina Chang
Location: Burlington High School
Transportation: Arranged by parents
To enroll your child please complete the Information Form and tuition payment to Burlington Public Schools 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803. Attention: Rosemary DeSousa
Space is limited - please register as soon as possible.
Most of us know animated gifs because we've seen them on Buzzfeed articles or they're used on Facebook to show our "Monday struggles", but they can be used for fine art! In past years I have had students create advertisements, but this year I thought we should do something a little more fun.
We analyzed the purposes of animated gifs in advertising and how they can be used to sell a product.
Students were tasked with creating a storyboard on paper. We looked at and talked about animation storyboards like Pixar and Disney. We also talked about famous stop motion films like The Nightmare Before Christmas.
From there they had to open up Adobe Illustrator and create multiple artboards, much like a flipbook is created. Students exported the files as pngs. Then, in Photoshop, students imported their png files and created a video timeline, showing a new layer for each animation frame (take a look at the screenshot below).
Finally, students exported their files as gifs (File>Save for Web) and voila!
Students in Fashion Design 2 here at Burlington High School wanted to do something to make a difference. A few years ago, the BHS Fashion class created adaptive coats for student who are in wheelchairs in our preschool. This made a lasting impression on our students and the new batch of students also wanted to sew for a charity.
I researched a few sewing charities and Little Dresses for Africa came up in my search. Fashion Design 2 students took initiative by making a school announcement, creating posters, and putting a donation box in the main office. The dresses were made by sewing cotton pillowcases and many teachers and parents donated pillowcases to create these beautiful designs. After everyone finished sewing, we looked at fabric treatments and added our own sewn flowers, bows, beads, and lace to make them a bit more fun! When all was said and done, fashion design 1 & 2 sewed about 50 dresses to send to Africa!
Thank you to those who donated!
The annual BHS Art & Fashion Show was on Thursday, March 17, 2017 in the lower library at Burlington High School. The event was a hit! Every year our hardworking students learn and grow in our art courses here at BHS. We are very lucky to have such a diverse offering of courses here at BHS.
Thank you to everyone who came!
BHS Alumna Kristy Lyons was kind enough to come visit the Burlington High School Fashion & Design class to speak about her Instagram and blog presence. Kristy runs Style Blueprint, a fashion presence where she posts fashion and lifestyle posts, garnering likes and reposts.
Students came up with some great questions for Kristy, asking her how she gets her clothes, to how she times the publishing of her posts on Instagram. Kristy spoke about her time here at Burlington and related the courses she took to her present day work. She spoke about how she networks with other bloggers to photograph her outfits, and then uses Photoshop to edit the imagery.
Thank you so much Kristy for coming to talk to our students about not only fashion, but also business, advertising, and marketing!
I teach art at Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts. My goals include teaching my students to live and thrive with 21st century learning skills while helping them to learn valuable creative artistic thinking and technical skill.