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San Ramon 2nd Graders Wreak Havoc in der Luft!!

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(By Teaching Artist Eliot Fintushel: his 12th year teaching improvisation in San Ramon’s Second Grade!)

In our sessions together, the 2nd Graders at San Ramon School have finally learned to be careful not to crush underfoot all those tiny 1st Graders we find scattered around the Music Room floor like ants at a picnic. We carefully, gently pick them up between our thumb and forefinger and put them outside the door to return to their own classrooms. I mean, sheesh! The things a 2nd Grader has to put up with! Then we practice flying and throwing sound balls and wearing the most exotic masks. (See above.) And, although everybody promises only to fly over Marin County and not to wave to people in airplanes, truth to tell, NOBODY complies, and all havoc breaks loose in the Upper Shnookosphere!!!!!

New Artists Begin to Explore LINES

Young artists at Laurel Dell School began their line research today. We began by using our eyes, arms, imaginations, and even our whole body to SHOW the lines we could see or imagine.We painted more lines using tempera cakes and thick and thin brushes.

Using our whole body to make lines.

Using our whole body to make lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we used our black china markers to draw the different lines we could see or imagine.

Practicing LINES

Practicing LINES

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Careful Painting

Careful Painting

Sharing tempera cakes: MIX colors on paper, not in paints

Sharing tempera cakes: MIX colors on paper, not in paints

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Spirals and Squiggles

Spirals and Squiggles

Painting Lines

Painting Lines

Colorful LINES in our sketchbooks

Colorful LINES in our sketchbooks

 

 

Sketchbook Inspiration: a ball.

Sketchbook Inspiration: a ball.

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Colorful LINES in a sketchbook

Colorful LINES in a sketchbook

Sketchbook PRIDE

Sketchbook PRIDE

 

Something out of Nothing!

Mentor Artist Eliot Fintushel worked with second graders at San Ramon Elementary School to explore and expand the very depths of their imaginations. Following are just a few of the wonderful theater games introduced to the students by Eliot in his six weeks of workshops with them.

And now it’s a tail!

In the game of GA!, as I kneel to even my head with everybody else’s, we go around faster and faster, nearly turning to pudding.

Just like that, the broom, once a hat, has become a sword.

Now the broom has become a hat of high fashion.
In this game of Prop Rounds, the broom has become a horse.

Circle story--each says a sentence, and all unfolds.

This was Eliot’s seventh year with the second graders at San Ramon.