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2016 Red Bird Photo Contest Winners: Food

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Middle School Visual Arts | 3 comments

1st Place: Jack Hopper ’22 Judge’s comments: Beyond the surprisingly intriguing subject the photo really shines because it is so well done. There is expert use of shallow depth of field, nice lighting and the echo of rainbow in the background on the napkin is very...

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2016 Red Bird Photo Contest Winners: Animals

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Middle School Visual Arts | 0 comments

1st Place: Kate MacArthur ’21 Judge’s comments: A robin surrounded by budding branches says springtime. This animal photo goes beyond just a nature shot or portrait, it also tells a story. The converging lines frame the bird beautifully, and the color and light and shadow are handled very well. *As an animal photographer, I am always looking to connect with the animals in photographs. One way to make that happen for the viewer is to always have a “catch light” in the eye....

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2016 Red Bird Photo Contest Winners: Seattle

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Middle School Visual Arts | 0 comments

1st Place: Sarah Elkan ’21 Judge’s comments: This is not a typical rainbow and cityscape cliché photo.  Skillful exposure creates enhanced detail and vivid color. And the slightly askew horizon line makes for a much more interesting composition. Honorable Mention: Aminta Malcolm ’21  ...

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2016 Red Bird Photo Contest Winners: Spring Break

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Middle School Visual Arts | 0 comments

1st place: Olivia Shaw ’20 Judge’s comments: “The photographer has captured a moment that reads ease and calm and leisure. The composition is dynamic. The use of the shadow figure connecting to the shoes is playful, and the framing of the figure with the leaves really draws the eye to it.” Honorable mention: Troy Gipson...

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“An Interview with Coach, Middle School Coordinator, and Lacrosse Star Hilary Bowen,” by Charlotte Jennings

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Middle School News | 0 comments

This year Hilary Bowen joined the Seattle Academy faculty as 7th Grade Coordinator and coach. Hilary attended Northwestern University where she played lacrosse. She is a four-time NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse National Champion, earning tournament MVP twice and named All-American three times. She has coached lacrosse at the University of Southern California, Mount St. Mary’s University, and various camps and clinics including the SAAS Middle School camps. Hilary also works with CitySideLax running camps and clinics in the Seattle...

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“The 6th Grade Abacus Project,” by Justin Selby ’22

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Creative Writing | 0 comments

The Abacus Project is a project that Mike Park, the 6th grade math teacher, assigns to his students every year in the fall. The point of the project is to build a functioning abacus that can either be Chinese style or Japanese style. These will be further explained soon. Students could make the abacus out of anything as long as the abacus worked. I made an abacus from a shoebox, shoe laces, and lifesaver hard candies. We had to...

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“Color Poem” by Lucian Mignone

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Creative Writing | 0 comments

Gazing at the broken, destroyed battlefields, The dark smoke like the body of a withering ghost, The ivory color of the wrecked machines, So horrific, The weapons of war. The gray resembles a dark endless tunnel, The brown burnt trees moan a wail of pain, the fire is red like the blood of a creature. The bodies litter the ground all different colors like the ones on a painting. Tears so blue and gray like an endless ocean, The...

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