Carl Hayden students draw inspiration from robotics club to create art

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Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery helped put the ‘A’ for arts in STEM to make STEAM for students in Carl Hayden Community High School’s robotics team last month with a special art show. (Alexandra Scoville/DD)

Students from Carl Hayden Community High School are taking lessons learned from their famous robotics club and transforming it into art.

“Team 842,” or the Falcons Robotics Team, showcased their digital and traditional art at the Frontal Lobe Community Space and Gallery on Grand Avenue on April 25.

“We’re always looking for an audience to see our digital animation,” said Michelle Delgado, the digital animation teacher at Carl Hayden. “In order to completely teach art, you have to get the students comfortable with showing their art.”

The Falcon Robotics Team bases their curriculum on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), but is integrating an “A” for “art” to create STEAM. Their goal is to equip students with the skills they need to pursue any career they desire.

“The Falcon Robotics team is working to transform our culture to one where science and technology heroes are embraced and celebrated,” according to the team’s website.

The high school has a well-established and renowned multimedia program that includes graphic, digital, animation and video arts, Delgado said. Students are taught Adobe Suite programs like Photoshop and Premiere Pro.

Each student contributed some piece of art, even a 30-second animation clip, to the gallery. Delgado said she took various pieces of art from different students and put it into one video compilation. She wanted students of all levels to be able to take credit for some part of the gallery and have all the art come together to create one story.

The more traditional art included eclectic pieces like a sculpture of a heart, a painting of someone taking a selfie, a clown mask and a painting of a laughing baby sitting in a glass with caramel, whipped cream and a cherry on top.

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Carl Hayden students applied skills learned from their technology classes to create art for the show. (Courtesy of Beatrice Moore)

“We’re striving for the idealist animated dream,” Delgado said. The students’ inspiration came from one of their most recent lessons from Delgado: idealism, or the depiction of something’s essence, not physical appearance.

The students also pulled inspiration from art history and used technology to bring it to life.

Carl Hayden senior Mia Hernandez said her favorite aspect of being a part of the exhibit was working on her piece for a month, and then having her friends and family come and see it.

Her experiences with Team 842 have even inspired her to pursue a film degree, specifically the production side of film, Hernandez said.

The Front Lobe Community Space and Gallery regards the temporary space as a “long term pop-up gallery,” owner Beatrice Moore said.

“It’s got a community component,” Moore said. They pull ideas for galleries from the community, and include art from professional artists and amateurs, like the Carl Hayden robotics team.

The students’ art will be shown again at the Carl Hayden Magnet Awards, followed by an award ceremony for students that excelled. The award ceremony will be held at the school on May 13.

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