Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Residencies begin at South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice

In the weeks before Thanksgiving, Mr. Kaplan-Lyman's Civics classes started their residency with actor and teaching artist Barry Stewart Mann. Until the end of the semester, students in 9th grade civics will be studying the possible Democratic and Republican candidates for the presidency. But the students won't only be reading and listening to what the candidates have to say. Students will be watching how they say it, what gestures the candidates use, facial expressions, tone, rhythm, and flow. Students will be looking at the candidates from an actor's perspective.

For the first half of the residency students divided into groups of three and selected a particular candidate to study. They read speeches and watched video clips of the candidates speaking. After selecting particular movement gestures or speech characteristics to highlight, students performed for each other as the candidates by reading short excerpts from a candidate's actual speech. Mr. Mann and Mr. Kaplan-Lyman demonstrated for the students as Rudy Giuliani, which the students readily enjoyed.

As student's embark on the second half of the residency, they will begin focusing on creating a campaign commercial for their candidate. Students will combine their knowledge of the candidate's policies and positions, as well as the candidate's image and performance style, to develop their commercial, which they will then have to pitch to their peers at the end of the residency. Which candidate will have the top commercial for their class? We'll keep you posted as the Candidates Residency unfolds.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Welcome to the new Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning blog!

We'll be posting stories, pictures, and updates about our programs, as well as organizational updates, on this page of our new website. Here's an example of what you'll see ...

As part of the Initiate Infusion program, teachers Priscilla Smith and Robert Bauer at the Horizons School, in partnership with fabric artist Marquetta Johnson, are connecting their high school students study of ancient Persia with art making.

On the first day of the residency, students marbled fabric that would eventually be used as a page in their personal, hand-made books about their studies of Persian history.