Cody (Cardinal Newman). – Self-Published Poetry (2013)

July 23, 2013 in Core Projects, Literary Arts

Cody came to us with the lofty project of self-publishing a book of his poetry and combining this with a launch event in the city. Cody’s obvious creativity, expression, determination and motivation were the reasons that staff and youth collaborating together agreed to accept the challenge to help Cody make his dream a reality.

Throughout the process, Cody worked with various members of the CORE staff, volunteers and participants alike to assist with all areas of the project, including editing, proofreading, layout, marketing, right down to the event planning and execution. His finished book was released on June 17th, 2013 and he sold many copies of his book, entitled Bow and Arrow at the launch event that same evening, held at Homegrown Hamilton on King William. We at CORE feel that you will begin to see Cody soon become a fixture in the literary arts culture of Hamilton. He has what it takes to write, perform the spoken word while at the same time integrating them with interesting graphics, photos, and media that make the entire delivery very riveting. Watch for Cody Cipolla and his new book of poetry titled ‘Bow and Arrow’ at the James Street Art Crawl. You won’t be disappointed.

‘Bow And Arrow’ front and back cover



Book Launch Poster


Book Launch



Heather (Delta) and Tyrone (Parkview) – Integrated Drama and Media Arts (2013)

July 23, 2013 in Core Projects, Videography

In one of the more complex projects of the year, Heather opted to work with two grade six classes at Prince of Wales School and create a video using green screen techniques. She seconded Tyrone to be her videographer and part-time editor. This duo really made some magic happen for grade 6 students. The filming preparation and execution was handled over the course of a few weeks and involved direct interaction with the classes. Using a variety of drama exercises and techniques to get them into the spirit, the young students were encouraged to come up with the idea for the video’s subject matter and write the script. They also acted in it themselves, and even got one of the teachers involved.

Once the filming was done, heavy editing was done on the footage by Heather and others who came onto the project, utilizing green-screen (or chroma key) technology to add an extra dimension to the video. Once completed, the finished product was shown to the class, and duplicated so that each student would have a copy of their masterpiece.

Heather’s incredible enthusiasm for acting, music, multimedia and life in general resulted in a highly successful project that was enjoyable for all, and most importantly, allowed these students of Prince of Wales to learn new skills, conceive and create a project, problem solve and work together as a cohesive team. The video featured below is the finished product, complete with extra ‘behind the scenes’ footage.

“Middle School Mischief”




Jesse – Stop Motion Animation (2013)

July 23, 2013 in Core Projects, Videography

Jesse worked diligently on a stop motion film for the first part of 2013. It includes mystical creatures that he conceived and designed himself. The story in the video allows the viewer to make up their own dialogue to move the story along. Jesse’s enthusiasm and good humour throughout his project was an inspiration to everyone at CORE.

Draco And The Curse Dragons

Concept Drawings
draco concept


felix concept



Erin (from Wilma’s Place): Environmental Activist (2013)

April 24, 2013 in Activism, Core Projects

On Earth Day this year, a few of our students, led by Erin, held an open interactive event in the McMaster Innovation Park Atrium called ‘Herbify Your Office‘. In an attempt to increase green space in the workplace, employees who work in the building were invited to attend a mini-workshop and plant their own herbs. They could then take the potted plants back to their work spaces and cultivate them. They were also presented with a large collection of recipes to make the best use of the herbs. This free event was hugely successful and was expanded a few days later when they took it next door to CanMet Research Team in the adjacent building on site. There, Erin presented this concept to 18 attendees who happily left with various herbs to nurture. A follow up will be done by Erin in a few months to see which company grew the healthiest plants. This project ended up being a healthy, fun, team building approach to getting to know the people who work beside us each day. Erin addressed Earth Day and community building through her very popular project. Look for pictures of the ‘herbified winners’ posted at Innovation Park’s website soon.

The photograph below was taken by a representative of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health who attended the event.

Lewis (Highland Secondary) – CD Cover Artist (2012)

March 1, 2013 in Core Projects, Visual Arts

Lewis’s interest is in sketching and drawing. His precise work is perfect for anyone looking for a CD Cover Artist. Lewis on occasion left early when he was with us at CORE to meet with his client. Lewis’ creativity showed through when he could capture the visual representation of the music CD that his client requested. Having taken Business in his high school this term, Lewis is well on his way to becoming a young entrepreneur. Had Lewis stayed with us a little longer, we would have helped him create the best business plan and marketing material needed to create his own business or to assist him with local career coaches who could help him decide what arts/ technology courses would work best for him as post-secondary courses towards his arts degree. With his talent, Lewis will do well wherever he goes.


sixth frame


frame three