About Blackshear

During the normal school day, students receive instruction in creative learning strategies in a multitude of Fine Arts concentrations. Blackshear’s alliances with local artists and professional and community organizations offer a myriad of creative and enriching programming for our students. This includes individual and group instruction in artistic expression, ballet and dance, multiple musical instruments, photography, creative movement, and theatre. The breadth of offerings shows that collaboration with partnering organizations and artists positively impacts students’ lives by offering challenging, transformative artistic enrichment to all Blackshear students.

AIA DesignVoice Schoolyard Stage Charrette

The Blackshear Schoolyard Stage Design Competition is the product of a collaborative partnership between Blackshear Fine Arts Academy and AIA Austin DesignVoice. The competition invited Austinites to shape the physical and psychological expression of a small community performance venue located in the heart of the Central East Austin neighborhood.

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Blackshear schoolyard stage competition
Student Engagement

Blackshear students worked with their art teacher Mrs. Healey and community volunteer architects to collaboratively design their own interpretations of a new Blackshear Schoolyard Stage. This creative problem-solving activity introduced students to the worlds of design and architecture and allowed them to re-imagine their own schoolyard with new uses.

These models were on display during the community design charrette in a full-site scaled model -students to provide their own feedback.

Volunteer Architect, Lorrie Tumlinson, demonstrates to Blackshear students how the sun moves across the campus on a scaled model to emphasize the importance of shade.

Volunteer Architect, Lorrie Tumlinson, demonstrates to Blackshear students how the sun moves across the campus on a scaled model to emphasize the importance of shade.

Blackshear students worked collaboratively in teams to propose solutions to stage, seating, and shade. Alterstudio and Page architects created a scaled foamcore model of the schoolyard to help students envision their solutions in place.

Blackshear students worked collaboratively in teams to propose solutions to stage, seating, and shade. Alterstudio and Page architects created a scaled foamcore model of the schoolyard to help students envision their solutions in place.

Volunteer Architect, Leland Ulmer, works with a group of Blackshear students to analyze their selected site and discuss existing conditions.

Volunteer Architect, Leland Ulmer, works with a group of Blackshear students to analyze their selected site and discuss existing conditions.

Build your own Gumdrop Stage!
DesignVoice Community Engagement at Little East

AIA DesignVoice set up a station at Little East to gather community and parent input about a schoolyard stage. Blackshear students and children from the community were invited to create their own stage designs from gum drops, marshmallows, gummy bears, paper, and toothpicks. See the video for some of their delicious solutions to the design problem!

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