• day-of-the-dead

    Gallery Schedule Fall 13

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Opening reception: Monday, Sept. 30th. 5-7 p.m.  The Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the Student Center at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave. Saratoga, CA. The exhibit will be open through Oct. 17th Faculty Work: 9/23 – 10/21, reception 9/30  Day of the Dead: 10/28 - 11/4 , reception TBA Photography Exhibit:  11/12 – 12/1 [...]

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  • Opera

    “O” is for Opera

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    MUSIC 044 MUSICAL THEATER & OPERA SCENES The hugely popular MUSIC 44 class will once again be offered SPRING 2014.  Check back here or see the Spring 14 schedule of classes upon publication. Rec Prep: MUSIC 032C and/or 033A and/or 033B and/or THEAR 040A and eligibility for ENGL 001A and Read 053. This class studies, [...]

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  • Patricia_Hill

    Like, What is Art Anyways

    Monday, January 14, 2013

     The Homonym Approach to Art Theory for Community College Students I.     Definitions   (Etymology) II.    How do you know it’s Art   (Epistemology) III.   Apples, Oranges & Drano  (Taxonomy) IV.   Priests, Kings, Shamans & Chiefs   (Mythology) V.     Beauty   (Plato) VI.    Representation  (Mimesis) VII.   The [...]

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  • Recording_Arts-1

    Recording

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

    If you are of a certain age and recall using magnetic tape then the relative ease with which high definition video and high fidelity audio are captured, edited and distributed likely amazes and inspires you. It certainly does us.

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  • STEM-to-STEAM

    Stem to Steam

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. The value of art and design to innovation is clear: Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. [...]

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  • Theater

    Behind The Scenes

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Have you ever wondered how in the world art, music and theater pull off high-caliber student productions in just one semester? Plus charge the public an admission fee! You must be curious, right? Right?

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  • Manet

    Discourse & Lecture

    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Mona Lisa La Gioconda in honor of our friend Kathleen Grisham. We miss her very much. She was a first-rate historian and a first-rate colleague. She was an early purveyor of online arts education. This portal is an extension of her work.  Tag, Lectures

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Lori_Gaskin
Feb
5

Why Gaskin Was Good

Ed.D administration types seem to really enjoy making proclamations of support for formal arts education.  This is doubly so in affluent, cosmopolitan areas.  Beyond the public affirmations though, most bureaucrats have a poor understanding of the value a high-caliber arts education affords. Gaskin, as a college administrator was unique in this regard.  She saw beyond [...]

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DSC_2717
Feb
4

Faculty Show Opens Today

Happy Monday morning everyone! The silicon chip inside her head Gets switched to overload. And nobody’s gonna go to school today, She’s going to make them stay at home. And daddy doesn’t understand it, He always said she was as good as gold. And he can see no reason ‘Cause there are no reasons What reason do [...]

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_DSC2388
Jan
21

Gallery Schedule, Spring

The Campus Center Art Gallery is pleased to announce the Spring 2013 schedule. Art Faculty Show (opens Feb. 4th.) Reception, Wed. Feb 13th. from 5-7 p.m. Silicon Valley High School Invitational, March 4th -27th. Reception Wed. 3/13 from 5-7 WVC Student Show, April 15th – May 9th  (Reception TBA) Open for the Saratoga Rotary Show, [...]

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Patricia_Hill
Jan
14

Like, What is Art Anyways

 The Homonym Approach to Art Theory for Community College Students I.     Definitions   (Etymology) II.    How do you know it’s Art   (Epistemology) III.   Apples, Oranges & Drano  (Taxonomy) IV.   Priests, Kings, Shamans & Chiefs   (Mythology) V.     Beauty   (Plato) VI.    Representation  (Mimesis) VII.   The [...]

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DSC_0137
Jan
7

Gallery Schedule, Spring

The Campus Center Art Gallery is pleased to announce the Spring 2013 schedule.   Art Faculty Show (currently on display) Reception, Wed. Feb 13th. from 5-7 p.m. Silicon Valley High School Invitational, March 4th-27th. Reception Wed. 3/13 from 5-7 WVC Student Show, April 15th – May 9th  (Reception TBA)   Open for the Saratoga Rotary Show, Sunday, May 5th.   Gallery [...]

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Jan
6

Suzanne Vega on Business

The WVC Commercial Music Program, in conjunction with the Montalvo Arts Center is proud to announce a Songwriting and Music Industry Workshop featuring world renowned singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, Saturday, February 9th. from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Studio Theater.  Topics will include her music, the changing face of the music business, the craft of songwriting, and [...]

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Magnificat
Dec
16

Christmas Finale

Friday night the West Valley College Chamber Singers and College Chorale, accompanied by the SJSU Symphony Orchestra, delivered an absolutely masterful performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of the Magnificat.   The WV singers also presented several other works including stirring renditions of Light of a Clear Blue Morning and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  But don’t take our word [...]

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All the Pretty Young Men
Dec
14

Pretty Young Men

(UPDATED) Last night students from Sandra Bengochea’s (MU 44) Musical Theater and Opera Scenes class gave their final performance of the semester.  Anyone who was there will tell you that it was positively delightful!  Here is just one of the vignettes, ”Pretty Young Men” (Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead; Music: Lucy Simon).  Stay tuned for more clips… MU 44 [...]

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Recording_Arts-1
Dec
7

Commercial/Recording

The Recording Arts and Commercial Music programs at West Valley College offer comprehensive theoretical instruction and hands-on technical career training. Students have full access to a wide range of professional equipment.  The Digital Music Center (DMC) is equipped with 30 stations, each featuring an 88-key controller keyboard and iMac running industry standard software including Logic Pro and Protools.  Across the [...]

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Kambeitz_1
Dec
5

Baby Makes Three

    From Online Etymology Dictionary:  infant (n.) late 14c., “child during earliest period of life” (sometimes extended to age 7 and sometimes including a fetus), from L. infantem (nom. infans) “young child, babe in arms,” noun use of adjective meaning “not able to speak,” from in- ”not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + fans, prp. of fari ”speak” (see fame). As an adjective, 1580s, from the noun. [...]

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zombie
Dec
2

Zombie Apocalypse?

The flesh-hungry undead have been a fixture of world mythology dating at least since The Epic of Gilgamesh, in which the goddess Ishtar promises: I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld,  I will smash the door posts, and leave the doors flat down, and will let the dead go up to eat the [...]

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