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Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology

1299 Bryant Ave, Mt. View, CA 94040 T 650-940-4680   F 650-961-1346
2 Required Classes: English and Design 3rd/Elective Class:  + Animation or Digital Media or Film

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Design

Instructor: Leslie Parkinson

Email: Leslie.Parkinson@freestyleacademy.rocks or Leslie.Parkinson@mvla.net

Voicemail: 650-940-7479

Elements and Principles of Design

 

Junior Projects

Class

Conceptual
1st Qtr

Visual Narrative
2nd Quarter

Documentary
3rd Quarter

Explorations
4th Quarter

English
(1st required class)

Poetry

Short Story:
Visual Narratives

Magazine Article or Book

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Design
(2nd required class)

Conceptual Art &
Shoot in RAW

Narrative Illustration

Magazine Article or Book

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Animation
(3rd elective class)

Animated Haiku &
Exquisite Corpse Dot to Dot

Short Story:
Visual Narratives no dialogue

Animated Documentary

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Digital Media
(3rd elective class)

Conceptual Music, Website, &
Haiku Video

Autio Short Story &
Narrative Website

Intro Vid &
Documentary Website

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Film
(3rd elective class)

Experimental Film

Storyboards,
Narrative Short Film

Documentary Film

Explore a Topic of Your Choice

Senior Projects

Class

Reflections
1st Quarter

Narrative Perspectives
2nd Quarter

Zenith
3rd Quarter

Portofolio Showcase
4th Quarter

English
(1st required class)

Personal Essay &
Surrealist Writing

Narrative Perspectives &
Research Paper for the Zenith Project

Humor & Satire

Oral Storytelling &
Senior Showcase Presentation

Design
(2nd required class)

Diptych,
BW HDR Photography

Surrealism Photograph and Illustration,
Book Jacket

Zenith Design

Portfolio Showcase

Animation
(3rd elective class)

Animated Essay &
Exquisite Corpse - Group Theme

Narrative 2
with dialogue

Narrative 2 and Zenith

Portfolio Showcase

Digital Media
(3rd elective class)

JavaScript, Web Animations &
Personal Perspective Video

Book Trailer &
Website

Live DJ Intro and Zenith

Portfolio Showcase

Film
(3rd elective class)

Video Essay

Narrative 2 Film

Narrative 2 Film and Zenith

Portfolio Showcase

 

Expected School-wide Learning Results:

21st CENTURY SKILLS

To prepare students to live, learn, and work successfully in today's knowledge-based digital society, our emphasis at Freestyle will be on developing:

  • Visual Literacy - the ability to interpret, use, appreciate, and create images and video using both conventional and 21st century media in ways that advance thinking, decision making, communication, and learning.
  • Technological Literacy - knowledge about what technology is, how it works, what purposes it can serve, and how it can be used efficiently and effectively to achieve specific goals.
  • Creativity - the act of bringing something into existence that is genuinely new, original, and of value either personally (of significance only to the individual or organization) or culturally (adds significantly to a domain of culture as recognized by experts).
  • Self Direction - the ability to set goals related to learning, plan for the achievement of those goals, independently manage time and effort, and independently assess the quality of learning and any products that result from the learning experience.
  • High Productivity - the ability to produce intellectual, informational, or material products that serve authentic purposes and occur as a result of students using real-world tools to solve or communicate about real-world problems. These products include persuasive communications in any media (print, video, the Web, verbal presentation), synthesis of resources into more useable forms (databases, graphics, simulations), or refinement of questions that build upon what is known to advance one's own and others' understanding.
  • Teaming and Collaboration - cooperative interaction between two or more individuals working together to solve problems, create novel products, or learn and master content.
  • Social and Civic Responsibility - the ability to manage technology and govern its use in a way that promotes public good and protects society, the environment, and democratic ideals.
  • Risk Taking - the willingness to make mistakes, advocate unconventional or unpopular positions, or tackle extremely challenging problems without obvious solutions, such that one's personal growth, integrity, or accomplishments are enhanced.

What Is Expected From The Student

Assessment and Grading:

Quarter grades will be determined on the basis of performance on projects and classwork. Each area of evaluation will be weighted as follows:

  • Minor Prep Work = 30%
  • Major Productions = 70%

*Please note: Only semester grades appear on transcripts.

Grades will be assigned on the basis of the following percentages:

  • A 90 to 100%
  • B 80 to 89%
  • C 70 to 79%
  • D 60 to 69%
  • F below 60%

English Classes: Breakdown of Grading and Late Policies for Project and Prep Work:

Grade Book Update Policy:

Grades may be viewed 24/7 through individual online accounts on https://jupitergrades.com/login/?10334 and will be updated every two weeks or so. Students/Parents will receive grade-viewing info by email.

Daily Assignments:

Daily assignments are determined by tasks needed to achieve project goals. Students are responsible to check assigned tasks on the online daily agenda and end goals and work toward achieving those tasks and goals.

Continuation Policy:

Graduating HS is a very important goal. This requires you to get enough credits for graduation. Passing classes at Freestyle for enough credits is part of that process - especially passing English.

To remain a student at Freestyle:

  1. Each student must achieve a C- or higher each Semester in English and at least one of your other 2 Freestyle classes.
  2. Each student must also achieve a unweighted TGPA of 2.0 or higher each Semester in all your classes at all schools.

Failure to meet these standards will result in being disenrolled at Freestyle because we want you to enroll in classes that you can pass and get enough credits to graduate from high school. Ultimately, Freestyle cannot be the reason why you don't graduate from high school.

Attendance:

Attendance at Freestyle is required of students from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00-3:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and also 10:05-11:35 or 1:00-2:30 on Thursdays. Note: Students may receive a failing grade "F" in a class where they accumulate 15 or more unexcused absences.

Make Up Work

Absent students are allotted the same number of absent class days to complete assignments. If a student is absent for extended periods of time, it is the student's responsibility to consult with instructor for make-up work.

Classroom Rules:

Because of the various expensive equipment provided for each student, no eating, drinking and chewing gum will be strictly enforced. Students not in their seats when class begins will receive a tardy. Cheating on any assignment or evaluation will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating will be given a zero for the item and will be subject to further disciplinary action.

Help:

Office hours: 3:30-5 PM everyday or email me at Leslie.Parkinson@freestyleacademy.rocks.

Open Lab hours throughout the year will be posted online and announced in class.
Lots of information is on the other tabs at the top of the page.

 

Junior Design I

Textbooks:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

  • Design Elements

Design Equipment Contract

Class Calendar

Optional Equipment

Prerequisites: None

Length: 1 year

Credits: 10 Units

UC/CSU: Yes "f"

 

Course Description:

This yearlong Design course builds a foundation of visual arts skills and knowledge at the proficient level of the Visual and Performing arts content standards for grades 9-12. The first semester of Design 1 introduces students to art using the elements and principles of art and design, through a series of projects in various media, including traditional media such as pencil, ink, paint, paper, and photography as well as new media. Students willalso use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for various projects. Assignments based on design principles, color theory, and typography, emphasize the development of technical skills and a personal design vocabulary which serve as a foundation for more complex projects such as creation of photo essays, narrative photography projects, promotional products including logos, posters, and package design, and installations. Students will continue to generate a portfolio of work that can be used to demonstrate their abilities for college entrance or employment in the visual arts world.

The second semester of Design 1, continues the exploration of the elements and principles of visual design in a series of longer term, larger scale, more technically demanding projects. Assignments call for student's solutions to more complex design problems. Students are introduced to: symbolic and expressive use of color and experimentation with abstract, expressive, and representational approaches to composition and content. Media and techniques explored include drawing, printmaking, collage, illustration, painting, digital montage, advanced photography techniques, and use of found object and recycled materials as design components. Possible projects include designing logos for and creating t-shirts, packaging and poster design, creation of thematic photography portfolios, creating narrative works for books, large-scale, two-dimensional works and installations. Students become proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

 

Design Junior Projects

Project 1 - Conceptual

For the Conceptual Project, Juniors develop their abstract thinking and communication skills to answer the question,

"How can I use unconventional forms to express myself?"

This project emphasizes creative risk-taking through poetry, music, art, animations, experimental film and web production, challenging students to express their opinions through a distinct personal aesthetic. Students begin developing their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Autodesk Maya, and Google Apps.

 

In Design (for all students), you will learn Design Foundations using Fine Art, Photography, and Digital Media. Using Photoshop and Photography, you will:

What's new? Everything!

 

 

 

Examples - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

 

Project 2 - Visual Narrative

The Visual Narrative Project asks Juniors,

How well can you visually tell a structured story?"

Beginning with an exploration of prose fiction and the graphic novel, students practice communicating character and story arc through descriptive storytelling, comic design, storyboards, films, and animations. Students deepen their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Autodesk Maya, and Google Apps.

In Design (for all students) using Illustrator, you will

  • Learn linear perspective illustration techniques
  • Learn how to create digital story-telling illustrations
  • Illustrate the Rising Action Sequence from your English Graphic Novel in Comic Book Format
  • Learn layout design and color theory

What's new?  For Illustration: You will learn to drawn 1 point and birds-eye view perspective drawing using Fine Art and Illustrator. New Illustrator techniques: speech bubbles, effective font selection, individual text manipulation, clipping masks, compound paths, pathfinder tool, blend tool, and grid lines/rulers.

 

Illustrations - 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

 

Starting in 2013-2014, we modified this unit. Here are links to project art produced in the previous version of this particular unit.

(No longer part of this unit)
Character Portraits - 2015, 2014
Photonarrative Archives - 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Project 3 - Documentary

For the Junior Documentary Project, students will portray an intriguing person, group, place, idea, or issue, gathering primary and secondary research sources to develop a distinct perspective about their subject’s significance in the community and/or world. The research-based paper from English serves as the copy for the magazine article in Design and a film, commercial, and website. This unit emphasizes narrative-style journalism.

In Design (for all students), you will use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to

  • Use speeds lights and reflected light to stage characters to emphasize personality
  • Learn Lightroom to non-destructively edit photos
  • Produce a magazine article or book - Project Overview | Rubric
  • Create effective and moving photographic portrait of your documentary - Rubric | Artist Statement Info

What's new?
  • Analysis of what makes a portrait photo effective and moving using tone, color, cropping, background, mood and lighting
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of how location and character placement sets the tone for your character
  • Analysis of the difference between action shots vs staged poses
  • Creation of vignettes
  • Introduction to speed lights and 3 point lighting for portrait photography
  • Photoshop: clone stamp, spot healing brush, dodge and burn to enhance photographs

Magazine Article Examples - 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014,2013, 2012

Book Examples - 2017,2016,2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Portrait Examples - 2015, 2014, 2013

Examples of previous units with different conceptual and technical emphasis - 2011, 2010, 2009

Project 4 - Explorations

For the Explorations Project, all Junior Freestyle students will explore his/her own passion and improve upon a particular skill set that addresses 21st Century Skills. Ultimately, each student will share his/her exploration with classmates as their Semester 2 Final. Students will have production time in all classes to complete this project. (Note: SBAC Testing will occur in the middle of May)

Details:

  1. All productions must ultimately become digital so that we can have a digital archive of your work to share with the world on our website.
  2. Topics are self-chosen but must address one of our 21st Century Skills.
  3. In English, you will research your topic. You are required to create a visual representation of your research (such as an Illustrator infographic) and present to the class digital documentation of your process developing your chosen skill.
  4. During Finals, we will all share and celebrate your newly learned skill and learn more about you and your passion(s). Each student will, at the very least, share his/her infographic and final production(s) to an audience of teachers and classmates. All students will create a single webpage to document his/her Explorations Project.

 

 

Junior Daily Agenda

 

Senior Design II

Textbooks:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

  • Design Elements

Design Equipment Contract

Class Calendar

Optional Equipment

Prerequisites: Design 1 highly recommended

Length: 1 year

Credits: 10 Units

UC/CSU: Yes "f"

 

Course Description:

This yearlong Design course builds a foundation of visual arts skills and knowledge at the proficient level of the Visual and Performing arts content standards for grades 9-12. The first semester of Design 2 continues with the skills students learned in Design 1. Using the elements and principles of art and design, through a series of projects in various media, including traditional media such as pencil, ink, paint, paper, and photography as well as new media.

Students will also use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for various projects. Assignments based on design principles, color theory, and typography, emphasize the development of technical skills and a personal design vocabulary which serve as a foundation for more complex projects such as creation of photo essays, narrative photography projects, promotional products including logos, posters, and package design, and installations. Students will continue to generate a portfolio of work that can be used to demonstrate their abilities for college entrance or employment in the visual arts world.

The second semester of Design 2, continues the exploration of the elements and principles of visual design in a series of longer term, larger scale, more technically demanding projects. Assignments call for student's solutions to more complex design problems. Students are introduced to: symbolic and expressive use of color and experimentation with abstract, expressive, and representational approaches to composition and content. Media and techniques explored include drawing, printmaking, collage, illustration, painting, digitalmontage, advanced photography techniques, and use of found object and recycled materialsas design components. Possible projects include designing logos for and creating t-shirts, packaging and poster design, creation of thematic photography portfolios, creating narrative works for books, large-scale, two-dimensional works and installations. Students become proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

 

Design Senior Projects

Project 5 - Reflection

The Reflections Project challenges Seniors to explore a question that is at once simple and deeply complex:

"Who am I?"

Experimenting with personal as well as lyrical essay forms, students develop insights about their experiences and identities before translating those ideas visually in an HDR photography diptychs, video essays, websites, and short animations. Students deepen their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Maya, Propellerhead Reason, and Google Apps.

In Design (for all students), you will

  • Create a black and white diptych using HDR photography juxtaposing two images that are in discord and/or harmony. Using your reflective writing in English as a source of inspiration, you will base your two photo selections on two sides of your self that demonstrate part of what makes you complex as a person. 

 

What it isWhat's new?

  • black and white photography
  • HDR photography
  • diptychs

 

 

Project 6 - Narrative Perspectives

The Narrative Perspectives Project asks Seniors,

"How well can you tell a dialogue-driven story?"

By exploring various narrative points of view and experimenting with dialogue in their story writing, students develop more advanced storytelling techniques and ideas they apply in the creation of book jacket designs, screenplays, films, animations, trailers, and websites. During this project, Seniors also experiment using photography to explore dreamlike narratives in a unit on Surrealism. Students deepen their technical communication skills by learning a variety of modern professional equipment and applications such as studio strobe photography, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Avid Pro Tools, Propellerhead Reason, Apple Final Cut Pro, Dragonframe, Autodesk Maya, and Google Apps.

In Design (for all students), you will use Photoshop and Illustrator to

What's new?
  • Mise en Scene photography (the setting or surroundings of an event or action)
  • Use props and lighting to enhance the power of the scene in an apropos setting.

 

Surrealism Examples - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Project 7 - Zenith

The purpose of the Senior Zenith Project is to ignite your passion and elevate your skills and experiences to create your ultimate and most successful Freestyle project.

For all classes, you will complete the following between mid-November and end-of-April:

  • Choose your own project topic and form based on your passion, skills, and experiences.
  • Use the research process and writing to explore, plan, and reflect on your project in a 5-7 page research paper and reflective post-project addendum.
  • Write a proposal for staff approval, including:
    • Your own timeline of achievement goals (including scheduling and incremental deadlines)
    • How you will use at least all eight Freestyle 21st Century Skills to develop your project
    • A plan for assessment
  • Present a Design proposal relevant to your project
  • Create a Design production related to your Zenith Project
  • Follow your timeline and produce the media for your project in Film and Digital Media class. You will still attend English and Design classes as usual.
  • Present your Zenith Project informally to all students including Juniors in early May

Archives (this project started in 2016): 2017, 2016

 

Design

  • You will present a Consumer Product proposal relevant to your project
  • You will create a Consumer Product related to your Zenith Project

Project 8 - Portfolio Showcase

The purpose of this final Portfolio Showcase Project is for Senior students to celebrate and demonstrate their growth at Freestyle by presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence to convey a clear and distinct perspective as a digital artist and receive feedback from professionals in a related field to their presentation content. An additional goal is for community professionals to provide feedback about the Freestyle Academy program based on Senior Portfolio Showcase presentations.

Using the professional vocabulary of the mediums, students will communicate a line of reasoning by presenting projects to a professional audience to elicit feedback with

  • Strategic use of digital media - two Freestyle works (optional 1 non-Freestyle work) to feature the development of the artistic process from conception to completion
  • Justify effective choices for meaning or style or design
  • Demonstrate growth/discovery/development of passion, skills, talent, potential

Assignment:

  • Produce a 5-minute presentation through a WordPress website, developing a distinct perspective of yourself as a digital artist through evidence of your growth across at least two Freestyle projects (optional 1 non-Freestyle work). Your deadline to have your Wordpress website completed is May 14th, 2018 so that we can send those links to the professionals who will review your work prior to your presentation with the goal of providing you more detailed feedback after your presentation.
  • You will ultimately make your 5-minute presentation to a panel consisting of two community professionals related to your presentation content, a Freestyle teacher, and a panelist member that you choose to invite. All presentations are at Freestyle and are open to the public and you may invite family and friends to be part of the audience for your presentation.
  • Here is the presentation schedule and panelist info.
  • At the end of your presentation, the panelists will take 10 minutes to ask questions and provide you feedback about your presentation. The entire process time is maximum 15 minutes.
  • In your 5-minute presentation, you will display your chosen projects and briefly discuss for each one:
    • Demonstrate the development of the artistic process from conception to completion
    • Justify effective choices for meaning or style or design
    • Demonstrate growth/discovery/development of passion, skills, talent, potential
  • Here is the Portfolio Showcase Presentation Rubric

English/Design Class - You will develop your outline and you will rehearse your presentation to develop effective pacing, regular eye contact, and clear speaking, and you will use group feedback to revise your outline for content, organization, and professional vocabulary.

 

Animation/Digital Media/Film Class - You will produce your presentation during class time.

 

Presentation logistics

  • Presentations will occur simultaneously in each of the 5 classrooms at Freestyle grouped according to content (Film content in Film room, Design content in the Design room, etc.)
  • Each student will be assigned presentation time based on content so that we can provide the appropriate professional panelists for your topic.
  • Each student must invite 1 person to be part of the panel and each student can invite any family and friends to be part of the audience for the presentation.
  • Monday May 21, 2018 - 1st presentation starts at 6 PM
  • Tuesday May 22, 2018 - 1st presentation starts at 6 PM
  • Wednesday May 23, 2018 - 1st presentation starts at 6 PM

 

Senior Daily Agenda

  1. Line - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDePyEFT1gQ
  2. Shape - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJzGkZwkHt4
  3. Form - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DIPs3T2dQk
  4. Texture - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoOb3JSDAUo
  5. Value - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAwYHNo31ZQ
  6. Color - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWW_UbrkBEw
  7. Space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U11B_0FCn6o

Using the scanners

The tutorials below are specific to what we do at Freestyle ACAT and our projects. Click on a link to view the tutorial. You will need Quicktime installed on your computer to view the movie tutorials.

Digital SLR Simulator

PDF Documents

  1. Elements of Art (0.6 MB)
  2. Composition (1.7 MB)
  3. Typography 1 (0.8 MB)
  4. Typography 2 (1.1 MB)
  5. Color Theory 1 (2.1 MB)
  6. Color Theory 2 (1.1 MB)
  7. Sign & Symbol (2.7 MB)
PhotoPhilanthropy

tutvid.com

Layer Magazine Tutorials

Other video resources

  1. Wacom Tablet (minutes 2-14 only)
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D4AyTF-6D8&t=2m00s
  2. Cameras Basics: 
    1. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzn6yKTVcfs
    2. Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89eLDJu_Khw&list=PLofZ5PK0b1X3Yjfa6aIPp9NWhsc13sZ20&index=2
  3. Exposure:
    1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjqgTlA7IJE
  4. White Balance:  
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IaV1JFLbig
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQP2Z9NmHns
  5. Composition: 
    1. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKolQSIHOqg
    2. Part 2: Rule of Thirds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV-no8zT45Q
  6. Lighting - Speedlights and Flash:
    1. Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHpmd0-1ZyE&list=PL9103F0B33BA9DC53
    2. Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGMY3qj-EjU
    3. Reflecting existing or other light sources http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov-CyVRIVCA
    4. 3-point lighting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdukxocU9Ss
  7. Tools
    1. Healing Tool - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ_B9bbEe7M
    2. Pen Tool- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-YywHSzPXM
  8. Photoshop
    1. http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/photoshop-secret-shortcuts
    2. http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/texture-map/
  9. Bridge
    1. http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-photoshop-cs6/bridge-101/
  10. Illustrator
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgmu8RwLi28
    2. http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/adobe-illustrator-shortcuts
  11. InDesign
    1. http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-evangelists-terry-white/how-to-get-started-with-adobe-indesign-cs6-10-things-beginners-want-to-know-how-to-do/
  12. Juniors
    1. QuickStory6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K5bqXIpl8M&t=2m52s
    2. Storyboard Quick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K5bqXIpl8M&autoplay=1
  13. Seniors
    1. Paragraph styles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJOpBQXFL1w
    2. Character styles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX9KX5Du4G0
    3. Threading text boxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ots014F7ryM

 

Leslie Parkinson
Design Teacher

Leslie Parkinson

Leslie Parkinson
Email: Leslie.Parkinson@freestyleacademy.rocks or Leslie.Parkinson@mvla.net
Voicemail: 650-940-7479

Leslie Parkinson comes to Freestyle from Nipomo High School, located near Pismo Beach. During her six years at NHS she taught Design, Drawing, Painting, AP Art History, and AP Studio Art. She is a Cal Poly SLO alumnus, and received her Masters in Education from Chapman University. Her own art consists of mixed mediums, digital and canvas painting, as well as glass and fine metals. For many years her art was sold in many central coast galleries, and she hopes to establish herself in northern California galleries soon. Ms. Parkinson is over-joyed to be at Freestyle Academy, considering this her "dream job", and hopes to remain teaching here for many many years.