Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker to Speak to Amity High Students

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Oct 182018

Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans will offer a workshop next week to Amity Regional High School’s students in Journalism and Visual and Performing Arts.  She will share her insights into the creative and practical aspects of film-making.

Karyl Evans’ documentary and video work have appeared on network and public television.  She has won 6 Emmy Awards for her documentary projects, among them Letter from Italy, 1944:  A New American Oratorio (2016); Creating the Peabody’s Torosaurus:  Dinosaur Science, Dinosaur Art  (2007); and African Americans in Connecticut:  Civil War to Civil Rights (2000).  Other subjects she has dealt with in her documentary work include the life and work of the successful female landscape artist, Beatrix Farrand, and the history of the Grove Street Cemetery.

Ms. Evans also has taught at Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University.

During her presentation to students, she will discuss the journey of film-making from conception through planning, research, filming, and post-production using selected clips from her work.

The event will be hosted by Amity librarians, Robert Musco, and Victoria Hulse, and is made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission of bringing professionals in the arts to work with young people can be found at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org .

This event is not open to the public.

Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller To Visit Peck Place School

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Nov 052014

tomLeeBlackShirtCropOn Monday, Nov. 10, the fifth grade at Peck Place School will be participating in an exciting visual literacy/writing opportunity.

Tom Lee, a nationally acclaimed story teller, will visit and present, “Think it, See it, Write it!  Visualization for descriptive writing.”

Students will “read” paintings – discuss what story the painting might be telling and connecting this discourse with writing.  Students will observe works of art and unlock their creative writing abilities.  

According to the class description, ‘Students will hear stories, look at vividly detailed artwork, write, draw and role play to evoke rich language, robust vocabulary and detailed writing.’ 

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is providing the grant funding for this program.

The Fifth Grade Teachers said they are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to enrich their learning community.