Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring Fun Fair: Integrating Visiting Artists

As I mentioned in a previous post, we celebrated the Spring Equinox at my school for many years with a procession and sampling of performances by a variety of school groups: the dance team, the belly dance club, a number put together by one of our physical education teachers, and band and choral pieces. This time of year, where we live, happens to be cold and indoorsy- a great time to put something like this together!  I put together the visual aspects: we created large puppets, made cardboard cut-outs and lots of costumes according to a loose theme.  One year I wrote a grant and we had Dic Wheeler, a friend from Connecticut come and teach circus skills to the students.  He taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade students how to spin plates, balance feathers on their noses, and juggle. He worked out routines and we added the other school groups into the circus framework, fully costumed.  This was a K-12 event and as I look back- it was really spectacular.


Another year, we had two guest artists come and create with us, through a grant that my superintendent wrote.  Brenda Hutchinson helped us with a chili cook-off, which she filmed and edited.  Hana Roth Seavey, a former teacher, Barnum and Bailey Circus School graduate, and playwright helped students create their own fairy tales and perform them.  These were mixed in with a skit, a rollerblader, and the traditional dance, choral and band pieces.

1 comment:

Claire said...

so cool! you have the best ideas!