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Middle School Art Exhibition
Some things just keep getting better and better and this year's Middle School Art Exhibition proved this to be true, professionally displaying student artwork at the ArtsPark Gallery. Parents and family members gathered to admire the many different art genres while tasting finger foods, listening to soulful jazz music, and watching an artist paint, inspired by the music.
HAAS students have been under the tutelage of Ms. Hilary Fine, HAAS Renaissance Art Teacher and Broward County's Fine Arts Teacher of the Year. These students have also had the fortunate experience of learning from local and national artists, such as Mr. Daniel Pontet (both Artist and HAAS parent), Mr. Clyde Butcher (Photographer), and Mr. Al Baruch (Disney Animator).
We would all like to thank Ms. Fine for organizing such a wonderful event for our HAAS families to enjoy. A special thank you goes to Mr. Pontet for the beautiful art piece that he created, and to Frederico Britos, international jazz musician, for joining the HAAS Jazz Ensemble to serenade the audience throughout the evening. We can't wait for next year!
1st Annual HAAS Family Scavenger Hunt
HAAS held its 1st Annual Family Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 9. This year, "The Quest for the HAAS Grail" featured a Medieval Knights theme as our HAAS families searched for clues throughout the local "hamlet" of Downtown Hollywood. The Entrance fee was only $10 per family. Raffle prizes were drawn for all participants who completed the quest.
HAAS Grail Scavenger Hunt turned out to be a huge success! Over 100 families scurried around the hamlet of Hollywood collecting puzzle pieces from participating business. Our super smart students applied problem solving techniques, decoding skills, and map skills to figure out the riddles and crack the clues. Once back at HAAS, the students assembled the puzzle to find out the answer to the grail. The quest that all men search for is..."KNOWLEDGE"!
None of this would be possible without the support of the parent volunteers and the local businesses that participated.
Congratulations to our amazing Renaissance Art Teacher, Ms. Hilary Fine
Ms. Fine was one of the three finalists for the 2010 Broward County's Arts Teacher of the Year. Ms. Fine was honored, along with this year's winner at the 25th Anniversary Gala ceremony which was held at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale.
Ms. Fine dazzled the review committee with her student's work in the classroom, as well as the Middle School Exhibition across the street at the ArtsPark representing not only our student's talent, but Ms. Fine's talents as a great teacher. HAAS family is very proud of Ms. Fine's accomplishments!
HAAS very own Teacher, Ms. Brazeal has been recognized by National Geographic for two years
National Geographic 2009 Hands-On Explorer Challenge was looking for innovative teachers of all subjects from Grades 3-8 to share their best practices to help students increase their knowledge and appreciation of the geography of Peru. In 2008, it was the geography of Australia.
The contest consisted of three rounds of evaluation from judges in the fields of education, exploration, photography, and the environment. The final round was narrowed down to the top 10 candidates where two were chosen to explore Peru hands on for ten days. In 2009, Ms. Brazeal was chosen as one of the top finalists for the second year in a row, and became one of the two candidates to explore Peru.
HAAS Alumni Jacob Castro A Moment of Fame
HAAS's very own 2008-2009 Alumni, Jacob Castro, took his walk into our noted "Moment of Fame". Jacob was recruited by Gibson Guitar Foundation to create a work of art on one of their famous guitars for an exciting and extravaganza which took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Live. Guest artist was the world famous Peter Max and the presenting guest of honor was our very own State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle.
The Gibson Foundation, Julien's Auction, and the Seminole Hard Rock, put together an astounding event. Jacob's guitar was auctioned for $500.00. Other artist's works of art had gone for $50 to $10,000 with the proceeds going to Miami Children's Hospital, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, the Miami Music, and Art Fund. Overall, it was an amazing event and part of Jacob Castro's accomplishment which he can be very proud of.
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Art Workshop with Disney Artist Al Baruch
Legendary Disney Animator, Al Baruch, was a featured artist at an animation workshop for 4th and 5th grade Art students on Thursday, September 23, through Mrs. Fine’s sponsored project.
Mr. Baruch is an acclaimed cartoon artist and animator with impressive credentials. For 12 years he worked at Disney Studios as a character developer and artist. During that time he developed a number of recognizable characters that appeared prominently in Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp. He also worked at Terrytoons Studios, working on Casper the Friendly Ghost and Mighty Mouse. Later, he opened his own studio and advertising agency in New York. In 1986 he began teaching cartoon animation at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Currently, Baruch teaches a variety of classes in cartooning at community centers and libraries. He still occasionally does specialized consignment work for Disney from his home.
We are all looking forward to a repeat meeting of the artist with our 2nd and 3rd grade young artist in the near future.
Past National Radon Poster Contest Winners
Every year students in Ms. Garreau-Jones 8th Grade Science class participate in the Florida Radon Poster Contest. In 2008, our very own Sara Garcia won first place in the 2008 National Radon Poster Contest. This year, 2011, Logan Stewart has taken first place!
As the winners of this contest, Logan and Sara both won an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C and were accompanied (also for free) by one of their parents and teacher Ms. Garreau- Jones. While in Washington, D.C., they were honored at an award luncheon. We are very proud our student's accomplishments.
2011 City of Hollywood Community Development Poster Contest
HAAS Art Student, Katherine Slava received an award for second place from the City of Hollywood's Community Development Department. Please click here for photos of the award ceremony.