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    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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pippin4
Apr
19

Pippin Opens Friday

Biology’s own Roberta Berlani in the role of Berthe. A happy birthday dress rehearsal! Don’t forget that this is the last week to buy tickets for the April 28 Pippin Gala! Wednesday night’s full dress rehearsal went well… …thank Goodness!   From Stephen Schwartz, the creator of Wicked, comes this mainstay of American musical theatre. [...]

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pippin8
Apr
18

Dress Rehearsal Birthday!

                  West Valley College Theater Arts Department Chair and Pippin Director Brad Weisberg wishes WVC Biology Instructor and Pippin cast member Roberta Berlani a “Happy Birthday” before Wednesday night’s dress rehearsal. Don’t forget the April 28th Gala Dinner presentation of Pippin. Just two days left to purchase [...]

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DSC_7087
Apr
17

Ribbon Cutting

Frank “Fred” Kobayashi rock’n the pink tie…   Art Department reception in full-swing…   The Global Citizenship space was happening…   Scott Ludwig, a newly selected California Community College Chancellor’s Office Classified Employee of the Year, making the rounds…   Black & White film RULES!  

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Apr
12

CGI @ WVC

Why is the Computer Generated Imaging (CGI) program at West Valley College unique? We’re glad you asked! The WVC Art department’s approach to CGI instruction emphasizes a strong traditional-media arts foundation, cultivates the student’s ability to conceive and execute original content in a CG environment and strongly encourages collaborative efforts. Richard Wallace’s ART 57b mid-term [...]

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wastevalley680
Apr
9

Waste Land Screening

Mother Earth Week in preview: The Global Citizenship Committee is screening the Academy Award nominated documentary “Waste Land“, Tuesday, April 24th, 6 pm, WVC Theater, $5 cover.   Panel discussion to follow. Did you know that April 22nd is International Mother Earth Day? Heidi Breuckner’s design class (Art 33a) created garbage art to commemorate Earth Day.  (If you’re [...]

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WVC-Synchronicity
Apr
3

National Award Winners!

West Valley College vocal jazz ensemble, Synchronicity, has won the prestigious DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Undergraduate College Vocal Jazz Group for the second year in a row. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the DownBeat Student Music Awards, a respected, national competition for middle school, high school, and college students (undergraduate [...]

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rotary
Mar
27

Saratoga Rotary Art Show

You’re Invited to the 55th Annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show and Wine Tasting, Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 9am to 5pm. West Valley College art students will also be showcasing and selling their work in the Campus Center Art Gallery. From the Saratoga Rotary website: You’ll find a wide variety of fine art: paintings, sculptures, [...]

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Mar
20

Award Win Part Deux

Congratulations to Michelle Hawkins and West Valley College’s vocal jazz ensemble, Synchronicity, for their second consecutive DownBeat Magazine Award.  To be judged among the best vocal jazz ensembles in the country is a tremendous honor; to be judged so twice is proof of a strong collaborative effort between fine student musicians and a gifted and [...]

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Mar
18

Music for Film/TV

“MU67 Music for Film/TV/Gaming finishes a unit on scoring for commercials with an approximately one minute spot for major branding Hyatt and Mercedes, each commercial with its unique requirements. Hyatt needs an “anthemic” piece of music that builds and carries it to the end delivery. Mercedes requires three features: seasonal (many commercials are seasonally focused)/plot/humor. [...]

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globaled
Mar
16

Salzburg Global

Jochen Fried (right), director of the Universities Project of the Salzburg Seminar pictured here with West Valley College art historian and event co-host, Dr. Cynthia Reis. What is global education you ask?  From Dr. Fried, “For some, it encapsulates the essence of a liberal arts education for the 21st century, for others it represents a sloppy use of [...]

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Mar
14

What, No Night Games?

Even the men from mars can’t believe it! Team Lead:  Matthew Bennett, Art 60 Digital Video Arts, Fall 2011, Final Compositing Project, CGI Software: Autodesk Maya, Digital Video Software: Adobe Premiere  

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