B-P students show creativity in Special Effects Makeup Artistry class

a female student shows off a simulated injury to her nose, using makeup and prosthetics as part of a "special effects makeup" class  Students at Broadalbin-Perth Senior High School (grades 9-12) have nearly 50 elective classes available to them, providing them the opportunity to explore possible career paths and learn more about topics of interest. New for the 2021-22 school year, B-P graphic design teacher Crisan Anadio is offering a “Special Effects Makeup Artistry” class which teaches students the science of makeup, with a focus on special application techniques used in film, television and on stage. 

a female student applies makeup in the shape of a heart around her eye as part of "special effects makeup" class a student wearing an orange wig shows off the finished product after applying special effects makeup

It is designed to be a hands-on course where students learn techniques by applying makeup to themselves and their fellow classmates. Students recently learned how to recreate simulated injuries and properly create and apply prosthetics – just in time for Halloween.

a female student applies black and white makeup to her face in front of a mirror a female student shows her finished product of black and white skeleton-like face makeup

B-P’s Work Based Learning/College and Career Counselor Charla Simonson is tasked with helping students at Broadalbin-Perth be college and career ready when they graduate. 

“Classes like this are critically important to helping students prepare for the next chapter,” she said. “Whether it’s special effects makeup, songwriting and music production or woodcarving, we’re not only teaching our students skills they can carry into adulthood, but we’re also exposing them to potential career options in an industry they are interested in.”

a young male student shows off a simulated injury to his writs, created with special effects makeup and props  a close up photo of a girl's hand and writs, with a simulated injury created using special effects makeup

Mark Brooks is the principal at B-P Sr. High School and has seen the ever-growing list of available elective courses have a tremendous effect on both students and teachers at the secondary level. 

“There’s no doubt that these specialty courses help keep our students engaged in the learning process because they’re studying topics that are of interest to them,” he said. “Our teachers benefit too because it gives them a chance to be creative, find new ways to share their passion for a topic and connect with their students on a different level.”

two female students sitting next to each other apply makeup to the back of their hand to recreate simulated injuries  two female students show a special effect makeup application that makes it seem like they have a zipper on their face