Welcome to Artitudes! Fearless Kids Making Art! This blog is facilitated by me, Theresa Cerceo. I’m the very lucky Visual Arts Educator in a small (but powerful) public school district in the great state of Maine! This blog will include entries written by myself and my students. It’s main purpose is to share not just the art being made, but the ideas surrounding the artwork, our feelings about artists around the world & throughout time, and issues surrounding the arts. Our goal (mine and my students) is to document our art world with a blog that is student centered while building bridges in our community through the arts.
Focus on Theater
Today’s post is written by S.L.A.M.! student leader and Drama Club member, Daley Pedersen.
Beth Lambert, the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine Department of Education, took a trip up to little old MSAD #33 in St. Agatha, Maine. A former theater teacher, Ms. Lambert met with us, the Wisdom Drama Club, our advisor and visual art teacher, Ms. Cerceo and our music teacher, Mr. Michaud to share her expertise and to direct us in skill-building theater activities.
When she took us up on stage, it was mind-blowing. I’ve always loved the theater. There’s something about it that’s higher than reality, something that takes us into another world. The actors become the roles, I knew that. But Beth gave us a true understanding of what it means to be a role. To actually become the role is unhealthy, even if just for that play. She said that instead the role should become the actor: the actor should make the character his or her own, not vice versa.
Beth guided us through some skill-building exercises, such as keeping focus and working as an ensemble. These exercises opened my eyes to the subtle nuances of acting—it’s always more than meets the eye when it comes to theater. They were incredibly helpful! I learned more in that one hour than I have over the course of my life.
By building on these skills, we are preparing ourselves for our state’s one-act festival, and for performances in our community. I feel we are going to be ready. We’ve gone to competition before, and this time we’ve got Beth Lambert to give us all the ancient, fabled acting techniques. The state of Maine is lucky to have a such a great arts educator at their Department of Education.
At the Elementary School …
In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Grade 6 artist, Ethan, created an exhibit of famous artworks. Ethan hoped to highlight “the creativity of these artists and how awesome art can be!” This is an interactive exhibit in which viewers are asked to write a response to the work using one of the prompts provided or their own reflective statement.
For National Arts in Education Week, S.L.A.M.! has created a series of actions and activities to celebrate with the school!
They designed these pins to pass out throughout the school to promote awareness for the arts and a positive school culture. *
S.L.A.M.! set up a weaving loom in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged help complete this weaving by choosing weft materials from the bin. The finished work will be a Unity Weaving, a work of art created by the whole school.
Inspired by Americans for the Arts’ #BecauseOfArtsEd and ECET2’s Why I Teach… bubbles, students, teachers and staff are asked to share how the arts have impacted their education and their life.
Stay Tuned! There is more to come!
What is National Arts in Education Week?
In 2010 Congress, through Resolution 275, designated the second week of September to be National Arts in Education Week.
The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities. – Americans for the Arts
* The idea of the symbol pins was inspired by the ECET2 ME conference where attendees were encouraged to pass out pins to people who inspired them or helped them find their voice.
Why I make art…
Created by students in the High School Visual Arts class.
After a terrific summer full of art, learning and relaxation, I am ready to start off another SLAM!tastic year!