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May 03, 2017

For the Glow of It: Artists in the Classroom

For the Glow of It: Artists in the Classroom

Today's guest blog comes from Bayview Community Elementary in Vancouver, where artist Lisa Sars has been working with Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Lisa and the students are exploring movement through a fantastical blend of dance, improvisation and illusion for a unique and innovative performance. Today, she shares some insights from some of the students involved in the project.

If this story resonates with you, why not start a creative project of your own? The next deadline to apply for Artists in the Classroom grants is May 26, 2017. Grants of up to $3,500 for small to medium scale projects and grants of up to $10,000 for large scale projects are available. Read on below for more details.

 


Artist Lisa Sars recently worked with a group of primary students on a project entitled For the Glow of It! at Bayview Community Elementary in Vancouver, supported by an Artists in the Classroom grant. Working together for three months, Lisa became interested in learning more about the students' experience of dance and what they had to say.

Putting together a simple questionnaire, a couple of Grade 7 students took time from their studies and recorded the answers from students of each primary class. Here are the responses of four Grade 1 students interviewed—Oliver (age 6), Theron (age 7), Reanna (age 6) and Maggie (age 6.5).

How do you feel about dancing?
Oliver: It's cool to dance.
Reanna: Good, I like it.
Theron: It's fun, I like it.
Maggie: Good, I like it because I like the movement in it.

What are you liking the most about this project?
Oliver: The levels in the dance.
Reanna: Balloons!
Theron: I like it all, especially the balloons.
Maggie: Using dance moves with the balloons.

What are you liking the least about this project?
Oliver: The stretches, I think.
Reanna: The stretches.
Theron: Least favourite is pathways exercise.
Maggie: I like everything, actually.

What are you learning?
Oliver: Dance moves.
Deanna: Focus.
Theron: I learned focus.
Maggie: I've learned to be more artistic.

Do you listen to music at home?
Oliver: Sometimes.
Deanna: Sometimes.
Theron: Yes, I have my own playlists.
Maggie: Yes, I do.

What's your favourite song to dance to?
Oliver: Fun music.
Reanna: Don't know.
Theron: Twenty One Pilots.
Maggie: I like to dance to nice music.

Have you ever been to a dance show? If so, what kind?
Oliver: No.
Reanna: No.
Theron: No.
Maggie: No.

Would you like to keep taking dance classes?
Oliver: Maybe.
Reanna: No.
Theron: Maybe, probably.
Maggie: Yeah!

A huge thank you to Julia and Emma for taking time to interview Oliver, Reanna, Theron and Maggie.

 


Feeling inspired?

Artists in the Classroom grants offer up to $3,500 for small to medium scale projects and grants of up to $10,000 for large scale projects are available. Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators, school administrators, PAC representatives and artists in British Columbia are eligible to apply. The next deadline to apply is May 26, 2017, for projects taking place in the 2017-18 school year. Activate learning in and through the arts for your students!

AIC grants are disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools and funded by BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia's Creative Futures program.

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