Second Fiddle

Ryan Joseph, a fiddler in Alan Jackson’s band, visited Southview last week.  On hand to absorb his words of wisdom and hear his world class fiddling were Southview Orchestra’s string section and the Timberstone 6th Grade Orchestra. Mr. Joseph, who began his career in Nashville as an elevator operator at the Country Music Hall of…

Out and About

Some of the students in Mrs. Beil’s transition services class recently visited the Sunshine Art Studio in Maumee.  The students were able to spend the day touring the facility, and each of them spent time glazing pottery like the pumpkins shown in the accompanying image. Even though the students clearly enjoyed their time making art,…

Art for Art’s Sake?

Art Club co-presidents Rhea Patterson and Hope Roth were just two of about a dozen students who attended the first Art Club meeting last week.  On this occasion, the students were not there to simply relax and indulge in their own creative endeavors. Rather, these students were applying their artistic eyes to help create colorful…

Ekphrastic Poetry

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Mrs. Darlene Blakely takes her AP students on a field trip to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) each year so they can compose an ekphrastic poem inspired by one of the TMA’s artworks (glass, sculpture, painting, etc.). …

Evan Zorovich-Long Soars in The Nutcracker

*Featured image photo credit to Patrick Wolff A little over five years ago, Evan Zorovich-Long’s mother won a ticket for a free ballet class.  Instead of using it herself, she asked nine-year-old Evan to give it a shot.  Reluctantly, he obliged. As Evan describes it, by the time the first lesson was over, he was…

NYC Graphic Designer Stops by Alma Mater

Our fine arts students were treated to a presentation by alumnus, Steven Rank (1988).  Mr. Rank is founder and owner of Sarankco, which is a successful graphic design studio located in New York City.  The company he founded ten years ago with himself as the only employee now has a payroll of 32 employees.  They…

Fall Play is Heavy…with Talent

A trio of one acts comprise this year’s fall play.  The Holocaust-themed works are having a powerful impact on audiences, as evidenced by the occasional gasped reactions.  The two-night event is characteristic of Mrs. Shepard’s modus operandi of using theatrical performances in a didactic nature, and I certainly felt simultaneously informed and entertained. The incredible…