"I was in Studio Art when I made this piece. I struggled with the piece a lot. My concept was to attach to halves of a mason jar to two paintings to give the perception of lightning bugs and a person stuck in the jars.
The first challenge was figuring out how to cut the jars in half vertically. I tried at school, but that wasn't successful. My dad looked at youtube videos and tried to cut them with yarn and fire and that didn't work either. Finally one of my guy friends helped me cut the first jar I actually used with a small circle blade he had (a drimmel diamond wheel attachment that spun and easily cut it). This worked well and I thought the challenges were over.
A few days after getting the mason jar cut, I shattered both halves when trying to carry the piece out of the building- the door slammed on them. I was really upset, and realized the project would probably be more difficult than I thought. My friend was really nice and cut another jar for me that night.
The next day in art class I secured the jars to the wood squares with super glue. I thought I had finally finished with project after so many struggles with the mason jars. Mr. Wallace asked me to attach wall hangers on the back so my piece could be part of the spring art show. I tried to gently hammer the attachments on the back. The jars fell off the front of my piece.I felt like I was about to cry but I swept up the pieces and made a new plan: I would finish nailing in the back attachment and then glue on the mason jars, this took away the risk of them falling when nailing the wall hanger on. I cut a new mason jar and attached it and my piece was finally finished.
I think the main thing I learned during this project is that a lot of difficulties will come during pieces like this, but I have to keep trying and persevering and it will come together in the end.
I also taught myself to never sacrifice my initial vision of a project when problems get in the way, because there is always a way to problem solve and make it work. I am now always ready to expect challenges in projects and ready to bounce back and adjust - I must think about the idea in many different ways to find the ideal fix. It was definitely frustrating at the time, but the problem solving part of art is one of my favorite parts- the difficult and creative decisions that go into each piece make the work a lot more interesting. It always feels more rewarding and exciting to finish a piece that had lots of obstacles than finishing a piece that was easy and smooth sailing." - Caroline
"Although we sank, it was a great experience and I wish I could try again. I learned from this experience that I should have made the bottom of the boat bigger. In have several ideas what I would do different next time around. I am eager to try again and hope in the future I get an opportunity to do so." - Christopher
"Reflecting back on the trip to the white water center, I remember feeling happy as we first launched our boat that we were able to leave the dock. I soon learned that duct tape was not as strong as I hoped when our boat began to sink. I also learned that not succeeding is just as much fun and you can learn from it. Thinking about it now, I am a little bit disappointed because I thought that we could have gone farther. I wanted to try again but our boat had ripped in half so going again would have been a bit of a challenge. The group that did do well put garbage bags on their boat and that seemed to work, so we were able to learn from each other." - Will (Christopher’s classmate and boat project partner)
"When I decided to audition for Eurydice, I was originally only going to audition for the title role with no intention of participating in the show as any other character. I changed my mind when, during auditions, we were asked to read different characters, and we were given varying scenarios in which to play them in. That's when I decided I might as well accept any role I was given, even if it wasn't Eurydice, because I knew that that the experience would be fun regardless and it was a good opportunity for me to develop as an actress.
I wasn't one hundred percent certain, but I had a strong feeling I would be cast as Loud Stone because they asked me to read for that character three times during auditions. I've never actually been cast in a role that I originally auditioned for, but every time I play a new character, I realize that the director chose me for that role for a reason. Acting as a different person can really teach you a lot about yourself.
Throughout my theater experience at Providence Day, I've learned to approach auditions with an open mind. Sometimes the character that I'm dead set on portraying isn't always the best role for me, and it's more important for me to work with the role I've been given and play that character with as much depth and complexity as I possibly can.
Hopefully I'll get to a point someday when I can know which character in a show I'm best suited to play and maybe then I'll get the part I actually audition for. Until then, I'll continue to grow as an actor and use every audition as an opportunity to learn something new." - Adaora
"To be honest, a lot of the process in creating the play was not very easy or enjoyable. A lot of times it would be very hard to do, as Spanish is a struggle for me, but I've also never acted before.
I often doubted a lot of things that we decided in class because I wasn't sure that this was a good idea for a play until we actually performed it. I did what I had to do though, no matter how I felt about it, and it paid off. Performing the play was so much fun. As soon as we got our first laugh from the audience, the mood for our class lightened and we all had a lot of fun while acting, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
I learned that I am capable of acting and I was actually a very important member to the team in all aspects. I definitely gained some confidence by doing the play. I will be way more comfortable the next time I have to perform something in front of an audience; I was extremely nervous beforehand. I also gained relationships with the people in my class in a way that is abnormal from normal classroom learning.
Overall I think that it was a very valuable experience and I would surprisingly really enjoy to do something similar in the future (at the beginning of the class I swore that I would hate everything about the play and performing it). I thank Mr. Baron for pushing me to keep trying even when I clearly lacked motivation for the play and the class as a whole. I'm now very excited for the next play that we are currently planning." - Gil