The craft of play, writing, and acting.
This inventive survey class begs students to be playful as they read, descriptive as they write, and expressive as they act.
Children explore the narrative structures of stories by reenacting the best parts of the history of storytelling. Beginning with oral storytelling, we quickly become well-versed in being expressive and making strong and profound contact with an audience. Soon we encounter Greek drama and the comfort and community that comes about through choral reading, partner dialogue, and group scene acting.
By learning about the acting craft of Commedia dell’arte, we create, act, and write about thickly described characters filled with the virtuous and devious traits of heroes and villains.
Through writing flash fiction, we begin to master the art of writing stories that have richly described characters, atmospheric settings, and well conceived plots. Students utilize both conventional drawing techniques and PhotoSketcher. There is a very good chance your child will become part of a living comic strip as we develop characters and story-lines. The last day of class we invite parents, grandparents, and friends to hear creative readings of the work we create in our literary salon.
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