The Media and Performing Arts Lab offers young creative minds the opportunity to explore the world of Art, Media, and Entertainment. While careers in this industry include videographer, graphic designer, YouTuber, journalist, photographer, editor, and performer, the skills learned in this lab will be applicable to nearly every career path. The most exciting portion of the Media and Performing Arts Lab is that all students will be exposed to how professional film sets are conducted and organized in the industry. The lab covers everything from writing, directing, shooting, editing, and performance to help students produce an entertaining and successful movie!
Students will be exposed to graphic design, page layout, and photo manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Student filmmakers will use still and movie cameras combined with editing software to create, produce, and edit public service announcements, commercials, documentaries, and short films using Adobe Premiere.
History and English in the Media and Performing Arts Lab will use multimedia sources to learn about historical topics that are still impacting our nation and valley today. The literature will be chosen to represent the varying viewpoints and interests of Madera students. Additionally, students will build their collaboration and communication skills through the various projects they complete. Students will also become critical thinkers who adapt their skills through creativity.
If you have ever wanted to be in front of the camera or behind it, this is the lab for you.
Media/Performing Arts Teacher
Donna always wanted to be a teacher, and Mad TEC’s new model is exactly the way she has always wanted to do it. For 30 years, she has been teaching middle school English and history in Yuba City, Fresno, and Clovis. Through her sons’ experiences in high school drama, she has become a lover of theater. She loves stories in all forms — plays, movies, and novels. A fan of warm weather, she enjoys spending time in her backyard gardening. She is passionate about learning and taking risks and thinks words to live by are.
“I never fail. I either win or I learn.”