Odyssey offers Stevenson students a rich arts experience

  • Stevenson High School students Michael Schodin, left, and Michael Manion learn to play ukuleles Tuesday during Odyssey 2016 at the Lincolnshire school. More than 160 visiting artists and 42 faculty instructed classes ranging from cake decorating, calligraphy and flower arranging to zumba and special effects make up.

      Stevenson High School students Michael Schodin, left, and Michael Manion learn to play ukuleles Tuesday during Odyssey 2016 at the Lincolnshire school. More than 160 visiting artists and 42 faculty instructed classes ranging from cake decorating, calligraphy and flower arranging to zumba and special effects make up. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson High School alumnus Amanda Platt teaches a dance class during Tuesday's Odyssey 2016 at the Lincolnshire school. More than 160 visiting artists and 42 faculty instructed arts classes including cake decorating, calligraphy and zumba.

      Stevenson High School alumnus Amanda Platt teaches a dance class during Tuesday's Odyssey 2016 at the Lincolnshire school. More than 160 visiting artists and 42 faculty instructed arts classes including cake decorating, calligraphy and zumba. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson High School junior Ellie Aronson learns to make a fruit tart from family consumers science teacher Sara Lohrmann during the Lincolnshire school's Odyssey 2016 on Tuesday.

      Stevenson High School junior Ellie Aronson learns to make a fruit tart from family consumers science teacher Sara Lohrmann during the Lincolnshire school's Odyssey 2016 on Tuesday. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com
Updated 2/9/2016 3:05 PM

Stevenson High School students learned to play the ukulele, heard from the FBI art crime team, and watched Giordano Dance Chicago perform Tuesday as part of Odyssey 2016.

This is the 11th year for Odyssey, a two-day fine arts festival with more than 200 classes that is held at the school every other year at the Lincolnshire school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We want students to be able to discover the arts. We want students to experience something that they haven't done before so that potentially will see something that might opens doors and that might spark interest," said Jon Grice, Stevenson's director of fine arts.

More than 160 visual and performing artists, along with Stevenson faculty, staff and alumni, shared their skills and insights by providing hands-on workshops, presentations and performances for students.

Odyssey offered opportunities for students to explore classes in dance, music, media, theater and visual arts, and to become inspired by the creativity of various professional artists,

"This is so cool. There are so many different things that you can do and so many different opportunities," freshman Rachel Hirsch said after learning to make a fruit tart. "I got put into a few dance classes and I'm really interested in those and so I'm excited."

Odyssey continues Wednesday when students will have the chance to try out such classes as hip-hop, mobile phone photography, slam poetry, draw cartoon creations and create special effects make up.

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