The Eliot Arts Magnet Academy’s Arts Corridor was created to provide students with a beautiful outdoor space where they can eat lunch, make art or just enjoy their surroundings. As an art school staff, we feel that it is essential to provide our students with an inspiring environment that showcases their accomplishments, fosters pride and encourages artistic initiative. Ms. Janet Hart’s special needs students and the greater Eliot community created the butterfly mural on the wall which was funded by a PEF teacher grant. Ceramic butterflies, bees, ladybugs and flowers were made by teachers, students, parents and siblings of students. The quietly bubbling ceramic mosaic water fountain (also funded by a PEF teacher grant) was created by Ms.Rose Evans’ moderate to severely challenged students. The fountain displays an oceanic theme, featuring ceramic fish, an octopus, sharks and shells. Ms. Bethel Lira’s history students studied Chinese history and made large ceramic planters that hold a variety of flowers of shrubs that attract birds, bees, and butterflies. The goal of the Eliot Arts Team is to continue adding outdoor furniture, artwork and other features that will further beautify this space and represent the artistic talent of the Eliot community.
The costumes in Eliot’s production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. are unlike any other version of the show you have seen. That’s because the show was inspired by the artist Marc Chagall and the Bauhaus design movement. Chagall, well-known for his paintings and stained glass windows, also designed costumes for the Metropolitan Opera and NY Ballet. You will see some of his designs and paintings represented in our own costumes and sketches. As we researched and sketched our vision for Wonderland into life, we decided to add in the modern and otherworldly influence of the Bauhaus design movement. Categorized by basic shapes, lines, and spirals, we fused the modernist styles of the Bauhaus movement with the loose painting styles of Chagall.Our unique production would not have been possible without the generosity of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the Pasadena Education Foundation. We are forever grateful for their support in helping keep Eliot a premier arts school in the area. This exhibit showcases the amazing work that can be done when students, teachers, parents, and community partners collaborate