Yesterday morning the gallery space hosted a group of Young Scholars from Dogwood Elementary School. These energetic third graders experienced drama and art making amongst the large sculpture of Evan Reed. The first ten minutes was spent investigating the sculptures and getting an idea of how the artist might have gone about constructing them. One of the first things they learned was that there is more than one way to look at a piece of artwork.
Next, our trusted friends in the art of drama and kinesthetic expression, InterActStory theatre, joined us to lead this group in creating live statues and working collaboratively to develop simple machines with their bodies.
After this adventure, the students were brought to our learning center and worked as groups to develop shadow cities. With six at a table and multiple sheets of paper the students used a wide variety of objects to create unique shapes culminating into buildings, parks, trees, and other city objects. Once finished with the drawing the students then worked with Keva Planks to build all kinds of structures. Let me tell you, there were some impressive architects among this group.
Thank you so much to Ali of InterActStory theatre for hosting a spectacular workshop and to the students, teachers, and volunteers of Dogwood Elementary School for coming to GRACE and sharing this experience with us. We hope to see you all again soon.
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