School Notes: Potomac High School Senior to Display Artwork in KID Museum

Plus: Fall athletics get started at MCPS high schools; ice cream social to raise money for school supplies


A dancer moves in front of Silhouettes, a piece of artwork created by Potomac teen Tessa Fang.

Via Tessa Fang

Winston Churchill High School senior Tessa Fang created her artwork, called Silhouettes, not with paint, but with software.

Tessa, 17, of Potomac said she wanted to bridge the gap between engineering and art. She landed on an idea for an interactive display that would incorporate both interests.

The piece is composed of a black screen with white lights that illuminate to track a viewer’s motion. Tessa said her inspiration came by researching light exhibits in subway stations and thinking about dance, the art form she loves most.

The piece includes a camera and screen to do the motion tracking. Tessa programmed it using software she bought from a company in China.

When she finished it, she set it up in her dance studio. She said it’s given her friends a new way of seeing their movement.

“We spend hours in the studio looking at ourselves in the mirror, but seeing ourselves in lights is a whole different experience,” she said.

This weekend, non-dancers can experiment with Silhouettes, too.

Tessa’s artwork will be on display from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at KID Museum at 6400 Democracy Blvd. in Bethesda.

Here’s a video of dancers having fun with Silhouettes:

MCPS fires up fall practices, tryouts

Montgomery County high schoolers started their athletic tryouts and practices this week, a sure sign that fall is around the corner.

Football, soccer and field hockey players and cheerleaders are among the athletes who participate in fall sports, according to Montgomery County Public Schools. Parents should reach out to their school’s athletic director for more information on dates and times for tryouts. They also can find details on their school website.

MCPS requires students to complete paperwork before trying to participate in a sport. The forms are available online.

Eat ice cream, fill backpacks

A Potomac ice cream social set for Aug. 19 will let people scarf down a sundae while supporting a program to fill student backpacks.

The event will raise funds for an Interfaith Works program that will fill 3,000 backpacks with school supplies and distribute them to local children. Aside from the ice cream, the gathering at 12505 Park Potomac Ave. will include face painting, balloon art and a raffle.

A car show is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and sundaes will be served up starting at 1 p.m., according to an Interfaith announcement.

Tickets for the sundaes are $5 apiece at the front desk of the Park Potomac high-rise. The price will be $10 on the day of the event.

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