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Art responding to art: Creative Writing 2 and the art department’s curriculum collaboration

Searching for the piece of art that she will respond to, Creative Writing student and senior Allainah Crawford looks at works from the AP Design and Photography class. “This project is ‘free range’ compared to some of the other ones,” English teacher Dan Barnes said. “With express the music, we have word count, [but] with this one, I just want my students to be inspired by art.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Ekphrasis—better described as art responding to art—is a practice that English teacher Dan Barnes knows well.  When Honors English 3 was offered as a class, Barnes taught ekphrastic response, having his students respond in writing to various pieces of art. The class then became Advanced Plac...

From students to published authors: Creative Writing 2 will host E-book release launch party at the Wolf Cafe

Working on his novella before the approaching publishing date, senior Hayden Riehl hopes to grow both his understanding of the world around him and the world’s understanding of him. “I find writing for storytelling to be incredibly therapeutic, just from some of the stories that people have written in class that I've [seen],” Riehl said. “It was them literally working through a trauma that they've had in the past or something that they're trying to get their own heads wrapped around. Stories can do that. They can help you navigate a sea of your own thoughts.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

April 30, 2019

In a frenzy to finish before their deadline, the Creative Writing 2 class logs hours that will result in a published E-book on the Amazon Kindle Store. Amazon’s self-publishing program, Kindle Direct Publishing, will help students enrolled in Creative Writing 2 achieve their goals of becoming published...

English teacher Dan Barnes’ family welcomes second child

While at the hospital, Margot Barnes snuggles under a warm blanket. Margot is the second child of English teacher Dan Barnes and wife Julie Barnes. “My first thought was just awe. Totally awestruck,” D. Barnes said.

Kelsey Long, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017

Early in the morning, at 6:25 a.m on Nov. 12, 2017, English teacher Dan Barnes’ daughter was born. Margot Paloma Barnes weighed in at 8 lbs 5oz and measured 20 1/2 inches long. “I had just watched my wife labor and work to bring life into the world and to see the results just leaves a man dum...

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