ALL ABOUT ACTING classes begin this Saturday! 1-2:30pm

6 Weeks of engaging fun while learning valuable skills for 7-16 year olds…
1.5 hours per class
April 26-June 7th
1pm-2:30pm

“This playful acting class is designed for the budding and seasoned young acting student interested in exploring and deepening their experience with the joy and craft of acting. Harvard trained Acting Teacher, Dina Ann Comolli, will offer 6 weeks of awesome ensemble building theatre games, acting exercises and techniques to approaching scripted monologues, duo scenes and on-camera acting experiments. Rehearsal and text work will reveal a sense of Character (who we are), Given Circumstances (where we are) and Action (why we are doing what we are doing). Expect a splash of spontaneity, though, as we play with improvisation, vocal warm-ups and theatrical movement. A Performance Sharing of Monologues and short Duo Scenes for friends and family will round out this All About Acting journey with applause!”

-Dina Comolli, actor & instructor

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Portraits of Sound

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As a music lover and as an artist who loves to portray the emotional aspect of music on people, this show looks very enticing…. Will let you know!  http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/portraits-sound

Through June 7th @NYPL for Performing Arts on the UWS

Wang Portraits of Sound

Happy Passover w. Elijah’s or Miriam’s Cup

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While Elijah’s Cup is the 5th untouched cup of wine,  Miriam’s Cup is for water from each guest’s cup to celebrate the crossing of the Sea of Reeds.  It was said that Moses’ sister lead the women in dance and song with tambourines when they safely reached the other side.

Elijah's cupIn the spirit of Passover and the Seder meal, Children designed their own versions of Elijah’s or Miriam’s Cup exploring the art of Decoupage (A French word using the process of a glue mixture over papers and tissues.)  To cut, in French, is “Couper” explaining the cutting of the papers before applying them.

Then we decorated freely with jewels to make the special cups stand out at any Seder Meal!

Other versions may include Sculpey or glass paints.

 

 

 

Art & Acting, a Creative & Energetic Combination!

Spring Theatrics and Mask Making

Mackenzie Younger and Dina Comolli came together to provide a combo class for 7′s leading students through a creative mixed media mask making exercise. Using fabric, paper, paint, and “goodies”, children created symbolic costumes of this beloved season. Dina Cornoli then used the costumes in a drama and acting activity providing students with an enriching experience from material to theater!

To learn more about these wonderful teaching artists:

www.risingcityarts.com  http://mackenzieyounger.com

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Anatomy in many parts…

Watch how teaching artist Mackenzie Younger has “brought to life” the body with his layers of unique materials and tools.  Each surface required a specific tool, which became layers of the various systems of the body.  Bravo!

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Having fun is the most important thing!

I paid a visit to Jack’s house one day to make a Jeff Koons balloon sculpture with him.  Did he follow all of the steps?  Did he successfully take on plasterwrap?  Well, actually he did… but does that really trump the joy of making art?  I think not…

Jack, Claire and Koons

Gutai/ Abstract Expressionism Lesson

Inspired by artist Dona Nelson @ the Thomas Erben Gallery and @ the Whitney Biennial 2014, as well as the Gutai movement we studied last year @ the Guggenheim Museum…

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This contemporary artists inspires: exploration of negative space, use of various painting tools and body, building composition and contrasting materials and lines!

And sewing on canvas?!  They’ll love it!

Looking forward to Tomorrow’s Lynda Benglis project. + not too many hairdryers at once!

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Ellsworth Kelly shares with kids color mixing techniques- without one primary color. How? Join a Museum Adventures tour and find out!

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