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Lesson Plans


storytelling & art

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MR THOMAS J COURTNEY (SMGP08F)
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 21:11:38, -0500


Hi, Julia Courtney from Springfield Museums. Thanks for all your
wonderful ideas. Another question for you all to ponder. I am working
on a Storytelling Tour for one of our two art musuems. I plan to have
the tour stop at different paintings and artifacts through out the
museum, using them to tell or create stories and using storytelling
as away to interpret works of art. Beginning wth warm-up activities
to introduce storytelling and prove that everyone is a storyteller
(pass the face, tell a 1 minute story about..., etc.), and leading up
to creating an original small group story and then a body sculpture
depicting the story. Topics or subject matter will be suggested to
spark ideas (example: worst day of school, something disturbing in
the society, best birthday, current events, ). The other groups will
interpret the sculpture and then students can reveal the story that
they intended. I plan to have the students "find" the stories in
paintings on their own, by using a clip board and list of questions
such as: Who is the main character of this painting? What happened
before this scene? How does color, line, shape, composition, reveal
elements of the story? How is the mood depicted? What is the mood?
etc..I would also like to spend time in our studios letting students
paint their story in mural form. We try to create tours that fill the
needs of teachers in a variety of disciplines, as we are aware that
teachers usually have to justify their field trips. Would art
teachers be interested in this? I think Language Arts and English
teachers will be. Any suggestions? I am hoping to hit the middle
school crowd, as we don't have a lot of offerings for that age group.
Thanks in advance.

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