Forest Ecology and Digital Media

Alliance @ Meek might be an alternative school, but it has more to offer than one might  think. We have amazing programs, including leadership, video production, and a new  exciting project-based class, Forest Ecology.

At Meek, Forest Ecology is a 3-term class that combines environmental science and digital media. The goal of the class in Term 1 is to learn about the trees in the Portland Parks and Recreation Learning Landscapes arboretum on the school’s campus and to create new signs for the trees that inform visitors about the trees’ form and functions. Students take two classes that work in tandem: in Forest Ecology they are studying the evolution, anatomy, physiology, and naming of plants so that they can help create signage for the Meek Arboretum and understand our local flora in the Digital Media class, where they are photographing the trees and recording information to update the program’s materials to aid in producing the new signage.

Next term the focus will shift to mycology, and the production of a field guide to the fungi of the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center , so stay tuned in October!

Visit the Learning Landscapes site to learn more about the program and learn about volunteer opportunities, view maps, and to learn how to plant  a learning landscape in your community. To learn more about the Natural Resources and Digital Media programs at contact Alliance at Meek, you can call the school at (503) 916-5747.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Rehearsal Pictures

These pictures are from our last few days of rehearsal, you can see Mr, Kane building the set. The drama students practicing their scenes, getting ready to perform in front of an audience.

Pathway to PCC

I’ve learned a lot in this class so far. Learning how to post in an online class, which Windy taught us, is going to be very helpful. I learned a better way to find and apply for jobs in the near future.

I plan to go to PCC after high school, so all of this is very relevant. Windy has brought in many guest speakers who work at PCC. I appreciate all of those who have come to Meek to show off all the neat things I can do in my future, such as photo editing, 3D printing, video game design, and more. I do hope to accomplish making an 8-bit game by the end of my senior year. Thank you to all who have been helping me in learning all these wonderful things. As part of this class, I have been working on creating a self-portrait, but mine turned out a little different. I have been working on for a little while. It started out as my self-portrait, but with some editing and help from Ms. Taramasso it turned into what you see now. As you will notice my face is pretty well hidden. Good luck finding it!

 

 

The Music of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Something is going on at Meek—the Drama class is putting on a play!. The play is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. It has both romance and comedy. The students in the class have been putting a lot of time and effort into it. The play will be performed on March 21st and 22nd there will be dinner served at the March 22nd show . Tickets will be on sale soon.

There are a lot of talented people who are helping put on the show; for example, this song was composed by our intern, social worker Tim, who is working with the drama class to create all the music. One of the songs he’s working on right now is for a fairy scene in the play. In the scene we are casting the fairy queen to sleep. The song is a little upbeat and soothing, not too soothing though, since we don’t want the audience to fall asleep too. Along with the song that Tim is playing, the fairies will be singing with him to complete the song.

We hope you will come see the play at one of the two shows!

STUDENT WORK: Dragon Earrings by Elizabeth

dragon

Students in the Art to Part class create original designs using Adobe Illustrator, then use our Manufacturing shop’s wonderful toys to turn them into pieces of art you can display or wear. These dragon earrings were made by Elizabeth last year in our inaugural Art to Part class. She used Illustrator’s shape tools and a drawing tablet to draw the design freehand, then used our laser cutter to make versions in wood and acrylic.

Students interested in Art to Part should contact Ms. Taramasso or Mr. Eaton about registering for the class Term 2, starting October 10th.

Digital Media @ Meek

We make stuff—websites from scratch, drawings and paintings, digital art, and original art you can wear. Digital Media at Meek teaches digital art and design in an alternative school setting. Dual credit is available through Portland Community College’s dual credit program. All students work in Photoshop and Illustrator to get a base in the foundations of digital design and sample from a smorgasbord of different skills.