As the New Year begins, we are jumping into production for our upcoming world premiere theatre event The Paper Princess and the Piñata, based on the popular books by Bay Area author/illustrator Elisa Kleven!
We’re busy making costumes and many varieties of mariposas (the beautiful migrating butterflies that will accompany the Paper Princess on a visit to Mexico). All the while, we’re humming some of the new songs in Spanish and English composed by Miguel Martinez for the show!
We are sure your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews will enjoy this show, perfect for PreK – Grade 3 audiences. School shows are already sold out, but tickets are still available for family performances at 2 and 4 pm on Saturday, February 5th.
For tickets to family performances, call the Marin Center Box Office at 415-499-6800
The Fifth graders at Rancho school in Novato were inspired by the many new visual arts ideas and techniques brought to them by mentor artist Mark Edwards. Mark enjoys when the teachers participate along with the students in the art-making process. Throughout the instruction everyone gets involved, and this creates an enviroment that fuels inspiration and builds a sense of community while providing students with the opportunity to create personal masterpieces.
Throughout the artist residency at Rancho, each class enjoys the many mediums and styles of art. A favorite is the painting of the Mona Lisa. Gesture drawing is introduced at the beginning: the students are asked to draw what they feel, not what they see. Portraiture is then discussed and head proportion and figure drawing techniques are explored as students begin to paint.
Mentor artist Angela Baker worked with 2nd through 5th graders from Lynwood Elementary’s after school program to create a 6’X8’ mural on plywood on the theme of cooling the earth. Through discussion the students brainstormed ideas of things they could do to cool the earth. They then did small pencil sketches to bring their ideas to life. Next students created larger pictures with sharpie and watercolor to further solidify their ideas. In an effort to include the artwork of as many students as possible in the mural, Angela traced parts of these paintings and adjusted the size to create a collage that was used as the final composition. Read more…
Mentor Artist Brooke Toczylowski,
Program: Model Arts Demonstration Project
Mentor Artist Marty Meade
Special Day Classroom, Mill Valley
College Student and `Til Dawn Alumna
Mentor Artist Austin Willacy, Music
Program: `Til Dawn
San Ramon Elementary School
Ms. Jones 4th/5th Grade Class
Mentor Artist Melissa Briggs, Theatre
Program: Artists in Schools
Sam Torres and Shannon Rasmussen
Artists Rick and Rachel Betz
Program: Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival
Sophie Jonak, 7th grade
Davidson Middle School
Mentor Artist Miko Lee, Theatre
Program: Youth in Arts Presents
An arts integrated unit takes time to develop and structure.
Wendy Powell, Middle School math teacher at Willow Creek Academy knew exactly what curricular nut she wanted to expand on at the beginning of this school year.
She approached teaching artist, Ascha Drake, with her ideas, and together they designed a unit that honed in on ideas of symmetry.
Throughout the unit, students were encouraged to look at the natural world.
The students viewed different artists, who became artistic resources, and the students expanded mathematical ideas of symmetry and rotation through art materials and processes.
Students looked at forms from the natural world that are symmetrical, and created drawings that required close looking and observation.
Students then looked at other symmetrical forms/ radial patterns that exist around them:
And they then learned that Japanese Crests were also inspired by natural forms, and the compositional shape of the circle was the chosen space to work within.
Students then began to think about their own personal symbols, and how those forms could be used to create a crest of their own.
Using watercolor pencils on watercolor circles, students then began composing using a ruler, a protractor, and their shapes.
Rotation was a key mathematical concept that helped the structuring of the crests.