Posts Tagged ‘Oakland’

Shadows in the Jungle – Hot Couture 2014 Second Runway Show

Photo Gallery for Runway Show 2

“Life is wasted on illusion….”

Bow Wow Wow, from Do You Want To Hold Me

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

Since last weekend’s Hot Couture fashion show at The Crucible in Oakland, California, I have contemplated the relationship between the music and fashion industry. Popular artists influence hairstyles. New styles of music force designer to create new outfits. A new dance craze provides a new excuse for more shoes… not that anyone needs an excuse for new shoes.

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

So what does Hot Couture have to do with the lyric from 1980’s band Bow Bow Wow? According to legend (or in this case, Wikipedia), Bow Wow Wow was recruited by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren to promote Westwood’s new clothing style. Westwood and McLaren used music to change fashion. Westwood’s “Pirate Collection of 1981” made punk stylish although the former school teacher probably used a different word. (I am a current school teacher so I will say “stylish.”)

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

I watched the old Bow Wow Wow music videos today while writing this post; I was surprised by the band’s sophistication which I probably missed when I was a young teenager.… Read the rest


Capoeira – Batizado e Troca De Cordas

Yesterday was just another day at Melrose Leadership Academy… just another Saturday.

The first Festa da Capoeira 2013 at Melrose Leadership Academy of Oakland occured on Saturday, December 14 2013. Capoeristas received or exchanged new belts and medals. (bryan farley)Professor Chipa and his capoeira students performed at Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland, California for the “Batizado e Troca De Cordas.” Melrose Leadership Academy is the Oakland Unified dual immersion elementary school that my children attend. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art/ extreme dance activity.

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The first Festa da Capoeira 2013 at Melrose Leadership Academy of Oakland occured on Saturday, December 14 2013. Capoeristas received or exchanged new belts and medals. (bryan farley)My son loves capoeira. He loves the activity, excitement and his teacher. All the children enjoy learning how to improvise with people of different ages. The children develop new skills and more pride.

The first Festa da Capoeira 2013 at Melrose Leadership Academy of Oakland occured on Saturday, December 14 2013. Capoeristas received or exchanged new belts and medals. (bryan farley)On Saturday, the children met well-known masters from different parts of the world. Professor Chipa’s master Mestre Sebia from Brazil played with the students. Shortly after I took this photo, he told them that they were the best.

The first Festa da Capoeira 2013 at Melrose Leadership Academy of Oakland occured on Saturday, December 14 2013. Capoeristas received or exchanged new belts and medals. (bryan farley)After the younger students performed, they received their new belts and medals. Many of the children returned to watch the older capeoiristas.… Read the rest


Family Portraits at Mills College Oakland

Last month I started teaching photography at Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, California. I love teaching, but I miss being a photographer. Fortunately, I was able to be a photographer last weekend when a friend asked me to photograph her family. We met at Mills College in Oakland, California for a portrait session with her husband and three children.

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When Libertad (Libby) Rivera asked me if I were still available to take family portraits, I had just started my new teaching position. At the time, I did not realize that I needed to take pictures more than Libby needed to have her picture taken.  I did not need the money. I needed to know that I could still take a decent picture.

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Sometimes I know if I have taken a good picture before I see it on my monitor. Last Sunday, I did not know if I had any good pictures, but as soon as I saw the first photograph uploaded to my screen I felt alright.… Read the rest


Melrose Leadership Academy Fall 2012 Dance-a-thon

How do you measure success? It seems that education reformers want innovation, but use outdated test scores to measure achievement.

How do you measure parent involvement? Do you measure fundraisers by the amount of money raised or by something qualitatively different? If you are a parent, do you want your children to learn by your example? Do you merely want your children to give money or give something more substantial?

Do you picture your children learning how to become better community members?

 

At Melrose Leadership Academy, our students take tests and our parents donate money. We also donate time. (Considering our size, we volunteer a great deal.) Our community also does something more.

We trust each other.

Even when it is uncomfortable, we trust that our diverse community is creating leaders for the next generation. We trust each other when we stop for another parent to translate English to Spanish (or Spanish to English).… Read the rest


Art as Resistance

“Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.” Marshal McLuhan

The 12th Annual All Oakland Youth Talent Showcase was held at Laney College on Saturday, May 19. Bay Area non-profit Oakland Leaf sponsored this year’s showcase. Oakland Leaf transforms community “through creative education.”  The theme, “Taking Back Oakland: The Heart of Resistance,” was chosen by youth leaders, so that Oakland young people could create their own vision of Oakland.

Art education is not a fringe concept. Elliot Eisner, Emeritus Professor Education at Stanford, popularized 10 Lessons That Arts Teach.  When students practice art, students become better problem solvers. Students become more innovative. Young people always become better communicators.

 

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