Pottery wheel workshops with Simon Leach



November 28th, 2016
Faculty: Judi Offenberg
Grades: 10-12

Simon demonstrated many techniques on the pottery wheel and helped individual students on the pottery wheel. He worked nonstop from 8:15-1:45 with students from Ceramics and Sculpture, ad. ceramics and sculpture, photo, and other art students, with 20-25 students in each class period

Students did not want to leave when the bell rang at the end of the periods. They loved it! Simon was even better than last year.  He made so many forms that just amazed the students.  He was very encouraging to the students on the pottery wheels, working 1:1 with them.

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5th Annual Encore Cabaret

This is a very special event because it brings together current performing arts students with alumni performing arts students in an evening celebrating the talents of John Jay’s arts community. This year’s show will be bigger and better than ever (and it’s very difficult to improve on last years!!!) and we’re even featuring works of JJHS’s fine arts students for the first time.
Please join us — tickets and info. are available on EventBrite (or at the door) at the following link:
You can also buy tickets at the door.  This is ArtsALIVE!’s biggest fundraising event of the year, so even if you can’t attend, please consider donating.

This year’s show will be spectacular! Here’s footage from last year. Enjoy!


Some photos from Encore Cabaret 2016:

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Annual Field Trip to Lincoln Center 2016

Dear ArtsAlive!

I wanted to thank you all for sponsoring our 2016 trip to Lincoln Center on April, 29th. Nearly 55 students in Music History & Theory and Music Technology, traveled to NYC to visit Lincoln Center and all it has to offer. Students participated in a a backstage tour, heard the NY Philharmonic in concert featuring former John Jay Alumnus Carter Brey playing Schumann’s Cello Concerto, and attended an evening performance featuring the music of Louis Armstrong at B.B. Kings.  Lead trumpet player Joey Morant, asked our students to join him onstage to play during the finale; Neal LaPolla, Jack Bandon, Tom Miritello, and Cooper Klares were more than happy to volunteer.  It was supper exciting for all the students to see their peers debut at B. B. Kings!  Overall, it was a fun-filled day celebrating our love of music!

ArtsAlive! is a true partner in every sense of the word, which is evidenced by your commitment to sponsor these exceptional artistic opportunities for our students year after year. Thank you so much for your continued support; the students and I greatly appreciate it!!!

Amy Geiger

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Wilderness workshops with artist Maggie Zander

To the Folks of ArtsAlive!

Thank you for supporting me in bringing more hands-on art and creative expression into my work day. Maggie’s work with the Wilderness students was successful and spilled over into all my 10th grade classes… and will continue to spill over into all my classes to come. This work has already touched hundreds of students.

These images show a taste of the work we did in Wilderness but please stop by the L202 classroom to see more. Thanks to all of you, my teaching is more balanced, profound and fulfilling. You are much appreciated.

Best, Jill

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Encore Cabaret 4: December 22, 2015!

The fourth annual John Jay Encore Cabaret will take place before the holidays this year, on Dec 22 at 7pm. Advance tickets are on sale at eventbrite at this link

encore poster 2015 smaller

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Official cast photo from John Jay HS Encore Cabaret 2013

The show last night was a huge success! Here’s the official cast photo. Click on the photo to see it full-size.

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