Explore the history and uses of masks and the techniques of maskmaking with artist Howard Berelson. Using simple materials, sequential steps and structural folding techniques, students will create brightly colored realistic or fantasy masks.
A brief lecture about the many cultures who have utilized masks will lead participants to discover and express their own magical persona through their mask creation.
Mask characters can be related to the class curriculum as students explore the history, literature, language or culture of a particular topic.
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies
|Musical Instrument Inventor's Workshop|
Students build working musical instruments including strings, winds, and percussion. These simple versions of standard orchestral instruments serve as models for an exploration of acoustical principles.
Artist Jody Kruskal shows how vibration energy moves from object to object. The children's homemade instruments provide hands-on tools for investigating the relationship between pitch and the speed or frequency of vibration.
Students will collect items to be used with this workshop to emphasize the recycle/reuse concept.
The workshop ends with the class using their new instruments to play a short piece of music together.
All of the instruments that the students make are theirs for further use in the classroom or at home.
This workshop is successful as a single workshop, a three-day residency, or a hands-on extension of The Science of Sound assembly program.
Curriculum Connection: Science, Music
|N' Sync With Shakespeare|
The language of Shakespeare is examined and explained, so students will be able to understand and enjoy his works. The innovative games and webbing brainstorming keep participants involved and engaged while learning. Residencies Also Available
Artist Gerry Fierst combines teaching skills, acting and games to capture students and welcome them into a thrilling and exciting environment that encourages creative freedom and fun. This workshop explores the musicality and imagery of Shakespeare, introducing the actor’s craft with body, voice, and imagination. The text from Macbeth - The Three Witches is used to answer the question - How does the sound of language affect our imaginations? Grades 3-5
What makes performance? How do we create imaginary reality using movement, imagery, and voice? Using movement and voice, Gerry introduces Shakespeare and the actor’s craft using text from Henry V and Seven Ages Of Man - As You Like It. Creating a theatre space will be also be explored, with reference made to The Globe Theater. Grades 6-8