Sixties focus draws AcaDeca students to Sheldon
Academic Decathlon (aka AcaDeca) classes toured Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery as part of their year long study of the sixties (1960s). Of particular interest to the class was Ed Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip” featured as part of their curriculum and currently on view at Sheldon.
The kids sketching are standing in front of ‘Every Building on the Sunset Strip.’
More about Ruscha’s art: In the 1960s, Ed Ruscha more or less reinvented the artist’s book. By turning away from the craftsmanship and luxury status that typified the livre d’artiste in favor of the artistic idea or concept, expressed simply through photographs and text, Ruscha opened the genre to the possibilities of mass-production and distribution. The 25-foot length of the accordion-folded Every Building on the Sunset Strip affords the viewer two continuous photographic views of the mile and a half section of this landmark stretch of Sunset, one for each side of one of the city’s landmark thoroughfare. Source
What is Academic Decathlon?
Academic Decathlon is an accelerated and intensive year-long course of study in science, social studies, math, English (literature, critical reading, and writing), art, music, speech and economics. A new theme focuses the study each year, so a student may take this course more than once. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one scrimmage the first semester. A select group of twelve students will compete in Regional, and if successful, State, and possibly National Competitions. Because students in Academic Decathlon must come from three academic levels (A, B, and C or below) as determined by selected portions of their GPA, students of varying ability and grade will be in class together. Grading standards for this course are adjusted for grade and ability. Summer reading is encouraged.
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