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Re: [teacherartexchange] Movement! -Drama and DANCE


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Mar 10 2006 - 09:41:58 PST

Thanks, Judy! Sorry I didn't reply to you sooner... your ideas are
great! I just found a DVD of Stomp and I think I'm going to do
performance art next week. I just hope I don't annoy the Humanities
department. *g*


On 3/10/06, Judy Decker <> wrote:
> Dear Art Educators,
> I did answer Becky off list right away. I have posted my idea about
> adding drama and dance to art many times. I tried to add dance and
> drama every chance I got. I danced right along with the kids.
> Here is one ArtsEducators list post I saved.... Sadly, this member
> never contributed anything..... I guess she just wanted to pick the
> brains of art teachers?
> "L" teaches elementary art (K-5). Monday through Thursday, she
> teaches regular Visual Arts classes and on Fridays, she teaches Dance.
> She use Dance class as an opportunity to teach (multiple
> intelligences) visual art through kinesthetic movement. One lesson is
> "Lines are to Art as Pathways are to Dance". Students interpret line
> qualities of a variety of works by creating pathways.
> This was one of my ideas (I got it from a Comprehensive Arts Symposium)
> Have students act out their favorite color through movement/dance.
> There are a number of ways you can approach this. You could keep track
> of who did what color then have a group come up and line up in rainbow
> order and then put the movements all together so they can SEE what the
> rainbow looks like in dance. Could be fun.
> You could also create dance movements to act out a famous painting....
> YOU do it too.
> When I did animals in art - animal symbolism, my students created
> dances for their animals...... When I did African art - my students
> learned some African dances (from an area dance teacher). When we did
> out dance helmets, my students learned some ballet (tie in with ballet
> performance of Jungle Book that they went to see).
> Just be aware that when you do all of this dance and are having a
> GREAT time with students completely motivated to do your lessons...
> having FUN learning.... the "real" teachers will think you are crazy
> and will talk about you behind your back and will poo-poo what you are
> doing. Just SMILE big and know that YOU are right! If you don't want
> to hear their mocking what you do - stay out of the teachers' lounge
> (grin).
> MOVEMENT is so important - especially for elementary and middle school
> kids. There is a lesson on Incredible Art Department:
> This is adaptable to other grade levels.
> You can get some lengths fabric to add more to your dance movement
> (like long scarves)
> Regards,
> Judy Decker
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