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Our educator just got the list of workshops for the local school district.
She is listed as giving one on Music & Visual Arts. This was a surprise to
her. At this point we don't know if it was submitted by the good
administrator - who may have misunderstood her sure I would be happy to
contribute to a joint workshop comment as sure I will head the workshop - or
if the bad administrator did this to embarrass her and make the museum
program look bad (he spent last year trying to sink us). The two of us are
scrabbling to come up with some ideas to present to the good administrator
tomorrow when she asks for help. (Rule number ONE always go is with some
part of a solution when presenting the boss with a problem).
Possible activities we've come up with
1. Use literature to make a connection with the classroom teacher - music
teacher - art teacher. Read books about the music being studied in music and
use the illustrations for DBAE lessons.
2. Pair up art and music teachers (maybe across grades have JH visual art
students work with HS music students and vise versa) studying the same time
periods at a concert have the art students give a presentation on stage or
create a living museum in the lobby area before the concert, during
intermission, and for a short period after the concert. Students dress up as
the artist, average person from the time, critics, aristocrats and station
them around the lobby (The lobby is decorated with student work resulting
from DBAE lessons on artists of the same time periods as the composers) The
students explain to all who they are and their opinions of the art and music
of the time. One of the elementary schools does the living history museum as
part of their social studies program and it is a big community hit.
3. Have two separate events use the students' art as a background for the
music concert/ have the musicians supply background music (from appropriate
time periods) during the Art Show. (We almost always have background music
at openings for the museum)
4. Have the music teacher display reproductions of visual art from the time
periods of the composers they are studying have the art teacher play music
from the time period of the artists they are studying.
Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
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