Monday: Delving into the 20th Century
“Courageous Participation” was the DARE of the Day as our new Grade 7 Rexdale-area delegates took on their first DAREarts Day. The class worked to brainstorm a timeline that will be used to paint our first portrait of the 20th Century, ready to be filled in as the students move forward through the arts. In an introduction to 20th Century history, the delegates explored how the rights of the individual became important but also how the world’s wealth and resources were, and continue to be, primarily available to only a small percentage of the global population.
Shout outs to Abdi for taking initiative in leading his peers by example, and to Salma for her bravery in sharing the morning instructions with the class on her very first DAREarts Day!
Tuesday: Poise & Panache!
On Grade Six Drama Day, the grade six students gathered to learn about the art of stage combat with internationally acclaimed stage combat artist Matt Richardson. While using stage combat to explore the dramatic concepts of the protagonist and antagonist, the delegates also learned about the discipline that is required in order to make a stage fight with fake swords look believable without inflicting any real injuries. In the afternoon, they explored how 19th Century fashion and formality were linked by creating their own fascinators and epaulets!
Shout outs to Zoe for her excellent teamwork in sharing supplies with her peers during the afternoon, and to Daniel for his excellent reflections on the team’s inner discipline and respect during the stage combat workshop!
Wednesday: Turning Ideas into Sounds
Our Grade Seven delegates started their music day with drum circle facilitator Rufus Glassco, who brought them into the percussive sounds of African drumming. Using multiple percussive instruments they learned three songs: one based on the rhumba rhythm one based around the mother rhythm, and the Sanga Alafia, a Nigerian greeting song. In the afternoon they met singer Rachel Persaud, who introduced them to vocal jazz and a cappella singing. After a vocal warmup, the class worked with Rachel to learn the song “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess.
Shout outs to Tracy for showing her leadership by singing Summertime’s melody confidently, and to Bavandeep for her leadership in leading today’s artist thank-yous with excellent respect! We’d also like to extend a special thank you to singer Antonella Cavellero for providing additional support throughout the afternoon!
Thursday: Tupac & Tableaux
Our Grade Eight delegates were welcomed onto the auditorium stage at North Albion Collegiate by actor David Travaglio, where the delegates leapt into a workshop of improv games that challenged them to think on their feet, speak with volume and clarity, collaborate, and build their creativity and expression. In the afternoon, the delegates had to translate the poem “And 2morrow” by Tupac Shakur into tableaux and movement.
Shout outs to Madison for finding her voice and showing confidence during today’s improv, and to Jasmine for showing her leadership by giving 110% every time she went up to perform throughout the day!
Friday: Gothic Architecture & Gargoyles
At Casa Loma, our Grade Six delegates began their day with Sir Henry Pellatt’s life story, told by Architectural Historian Candace Iron, showcasing his social status through his elaborate house filled with scientific inventions and his eventual fall into financial ruin. In the afternoon at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, the delegates created their own detailed clay gargoyles with the assistance of the Gardiner Museum staff and local sculptor Bruce Brown.
Shout outs to Ruhama for bravely inviting the artists at the Gardiner Museum to rejoin the class for their end of day thank-you, and to Praise for her attention to detail and her self-discipline in committing to her idea when creating her gargoyle!