October was the time for one of our “Intensives,” this one themed Arts Week. For Monday through Wednesday, students attended regular school in the morning, but then were able to choose each day from numerous blocks of classes teaching a myriad of artistic skills – quilting, ballet, comic art with water colors, polynesian dance, music masterclass, juggling, percussion techniques, improv and even a mural painted on the wall in our garden!
Evenings gave more time to work on projects begun in classes, as well as altered books (read a bit about them here.) Our residents really liked this project!
Thursday and Friday all day were devoted to the pursuit of art. La Europeans got to learn about the art of making chocolate, tour the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, participate in a modern/contemporary dance workshop, Open Studio or Jam for their own creative expression. We were also treated to a Staff and Student Showcase – where our own very talented staff sang, danced, performed, showed paintings and photography, and some of our willing students performed as well. We are surrounded by amazing artists! The week was topped off by two unique opportunities. The first was a block where students could choose their own Expressive Therapy modality – Music, Writing, Sand Tray or Yoga. And the final activity of the week got us all dressed up and headed down town to the Capitol Theater to see Tosca, an opera performed by Utah Opera Company. What an amazing and creative week of experiences!