This year at NIST the drama department has chosen to tackle the musical, 'Little Shop of Horrors', which I'm thrilled about! I love this musical and I loved the movie version with Steve Martin as well. The drama teachers have asked me to design the backdrops and some of the set pieces which is intimidating and as well as a big honour. Thanks for thinking of me guys!
The concept they gave me was: dirty alleyway with graffiti that transitions from black and white in the background to colourful in the foreground. Originally they talked about using chalk on a painted black background but for practicality we have decided to go with dry-brushed acrylic on a black background. We don't want chalk rubbing off on the performers!
With help from, Judith (the drama teacher's wife who happens to also be a retired art teacher), and the Diploma Theatre students I think we will be able to pull this off. The production is in November. Updates will be posted throughout. For now, here are some very unrefined sketches and inspirational imagery that I will be sharing the drama teachers next week.
The presentation is about a month away, I've been busy compiling all of my ideas for fun and engaging understanding and reflection activities to share with my art colleagues from around Asia. I've decided to cut out anything that I think may be too 'typical', even if they're good exercises like timelines, Venn diagrams, etc. These are exercises that people are probably already doing, and even though I have some great examples of where students can take them, I don't want to bore people with things that they already have in their box of tricks.
There will be 8 knowledge/understanding activities and 8 reflective/evaluative activities in the presentation. In only 45 minutes I won't be able to go into depth about all of them so I will likely have the attendees tell me which 6 activities they would like to hear more about during our time in the presentation and let them look into the remainder on their own as I will be sharing the information digitally as well though this blog.
Here's a preview of what I will be covering....
1) On the Hunt
2) Act it Out
3) Lights, Camera, Action
4) No Words Can Explain
5) As a Matter of Fact, It's Art
6) Game On
8) Those Who Know, Teach
1) Dear Diary
2) Learning is Comical
3) Be Social
4) Body Snatchers
5) Flip It
6) Everyone's a Critic
7) Stick It
8) Roll the Dice
Just got back from vacation in the US a few days ago and I've already hit the ground running. First on the agenda was to finally paint the 'Thank you' mural at Playtime, the indoor play center in Bangkok that my son goes to almost every day. They treat him like a King there and I wanted to do something to express my gratitude to them. I hope they like it!
Next on my list is getting my presentation for the conference in Malaysia next month ready. My topic is 'The Journey is the Destination: How to make the stuff kids find boring about art class, fun.' I will be presenting what I believe to be creative, fun and engaging approaches to the areas of knowledge, reflection, evaluation and process development skills in art class. You know, all the stuff the kids think gets in the way of them just having fun and making cool artwork! My hope is that the students will see these activities as not only integral to their artwork's success but also as fun too. Updates on how that's going soon! Wish me luck!