Bridging Art And Mental Health – Painted Brain

Marshall Ayers Student Resources, Visual Arts

Dave Leon, the founder and director of Painted Brain answers some questions for Artzray about the intersection of art, mental health and community. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is driven in his work with Painted Brain by a vision of a world in which mental illness is truly accepted as one more aspect of the beautiful tapestry …

Top 10 Best Animated TV Shows From Chuck Sheetz

Christine Griswold Animation, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Student Resources, Visual Arts

Chuck Sheetz knows a thing or two about careers in animation as an Emmy Award-winning Director of The Simpsons and Professor at UCLA Theater Film and Television. These are his picks for  the top 10 TV shows he thinks young animators should watch and study. Want more animation career advice from Chuck Sheetz? Check out What do UCLA and The …

Planning Your Art Portfolio – It’s Never Too Early

Elaine Pelz Getting Into College, High School, Student Resources, Visual Arts

Art Portfolio. The words alone sound intimidating. And they should, it’s one of those make or break parts of your college application. So when building yours, make sure it clearly represents your skills, passions, and your singular perspective. To do so requires creating, planning, and research. No pressure. Here’s how to get started:

Pasadena Master Chorale Listens to the Future

Marshall Ayers High School, Music, Music Composition, Student Resources

The Pasadena Master Chorale (PMC) recently selected their new student composers for the second year of their innovative Listening to the Future project. Representing a cross section of area high schools, these juniors and seniors include (L. to R.) Elise Logan, Pasadena High, Sean Segal and Olivia Shue, La Canada High, and Tiffany Shi, San Marino (not pictured are Katherine …

High School Student Ballot Guide 2016 CA Elections

Marshall Ayers High School, Opportunities, Parent/Educator, Student Resources

Student ballot guide “Letters 2 Dena” developed for the 2016 California elections. The Letters 2 Dena project is designed to give John Muir High School students in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Academy a voice about the issues on the complex 2016 CA ballot, to understand the propositions and then share their results with their community through the development of …

5 Quotes for Surviving a Fulfilling Lifetime of Creativity by Marco Menendez

Marshall Ayers Artist Profiles, Beyond, Career Advice, Visual Arts

Marco Menendez for “Along The Way” a series about working artists. 1. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” –Mark Twain Let’s get this one out of the way. Discouraging individuals spend a lot of time standing still in their own toxic atmosphere when they could very well …

3 Tips Arts Intern Applicants Need To Know

Rebecca Tuynman Career Advice, Getting Started, Internships, Opportunities, Student Resources, Tips

You’re an artist and you want to get some work experience in your field, so you’re going to apply for an arts intern position. That’s great, you’re on the right track! An internship is a perfect testing ground for your potential arts career. You’ve done your research, contacted your school’s career center, and now you have some applications in front …

3 Tips to Finding Your Best College Environment

Elaine Pelz Getting Into College, High School, Student Resources

Back to school always brings a rush of adrenaline. New classes and new teachers, new after school activities and new routines fill the calendar. While you’re focused on the newness immediately in front of you, I hope the prospect of college is whispering in your ear. In reality, it probably feels more like a roar. The endless questions mashing together …

Confessions of a Young Filmmaker: Constantina Konugres

Samantha Jacobs Beyond, Career Advice, Film, Getting Started, Performing Arts, Production, Student Resources

Like most recent college graduates/Millennials, aspiring filmmaker Constantina Konugres is not taking a traditional route to her desired career path. Majoring in Public Relations in USC’s Annenberg School for Journalism, Constantina chose to pick up a minor in USC’s renowned School of Cinematic Arts in order to get involved in the film industry, while crafting her own curriculum within the …