Fine Arts

Dance Series: How to Sauté | Take the Stage

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Come visit the Houston Ballet with the Take the Stage Kids and learn how to sauté with professional dancer, Andrew Murphy! 

NFL's Chester Pitts and NBA's Patrick Beverley join in on the fun and show that it takes the same dedication and practice to excel whether you're on the field, on the court, or doing a sauté on stage.

El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor | Take the Stage en Español

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Conviértete en un detective para resolver el Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor! Actúa las pistas y saca conclusiones para resolver el misterio. 

Cuando el detective Bentley no puede entender por qué su mochila huele mal, recorre los acontecimientos de su día para encontrar pistas. Asumiendo el papel de detectives, los espectadores representan los eventos del día de Bentley y usan pistas textuales para resolver el caso.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Sacar conclusiones de los hechos presentados en el texto y respaldar esas afirmaciones con evidencia textual.

View the English version of El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor by clicking here.

Birmingham Museum of Art | Artistic Roots

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Student Reporter Sophie Hosna visits "The Original Makers," Folk Art from the Cargo Collection exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art to learn more about Alabama's creative culture.

City of Gold: The Story of South Pass City | Political Pioneers

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Learn about the key role South Pass City played in helping Wyoming become the first territory or state to allow women the right to vote and hold public office.

In the accompanying lesson plan (found in the Support Materials), students will watch a video that introduces South Pass City citizens and explains how they helped the women’s suffrage movement advance in Wyoming territory. They will discuss the main ideas presented in the video, and then work collaboratively to create and perform a short theater piece. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Students will develop grade level appropriate speaking and listening skills, as described by the standards.
  • Students will learn how South Pass City created a small change that would lead to major changes for the country by allowing women the right to vote. 
  • Students will apply collaborative skills to create a dramatic piece. 

MN Original | Alison Price: Painter

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Alison Price is a visual artist who is influenced by the Mississippi River and the natural world around her. Her work is highly colorful and full of emotion with a connection to nature. She is especially drawn to the heritage trees that line the Mississippi River and other interesting trees, such as the Ancient Oak, which is about 333 years old.

Green Screen Tips | Media Arts Toolkit

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Using the green screen video technique your classroom opens up a world of possibilities. These easy tips demonstrate how the technique can be used for student newscasts, artistic performances, even action adventure videos!

History of the World | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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The Demon Butcher of Fleet Street and his landlady Mrs. Lovett sing a duet about turning his victims into tasty pies in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. As the last song in Act 1 of the musical, this dark comical song introduces the macabre plan to make pies out of Todd's enemies and then sell them to the unsuspecting public.

Madang: A Creative Journey | Episode 3: Something Less Serious

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For their final act, performing arts professors with the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hyeyung Yoon and Hye-Won Hwang, search for new inspiration to create an uplifting atmosphere for their audience and celebrate the discovery of their own identities. In doing so, they revisit the idea of Madang—the Korean word used to describe a communal space where all are welcome—and how to connect with their audience.

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Singing the Blues | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®

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The “blues” is a particular kind of music that is used to express feelings, especially sadness, as Pinkalicious and her brother Peter learn in this video excerpt from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®. Nothing seems to cheer Peter up until his Dad plays the harmonica and makes up a blues song. Peter tries out his own version and discovers that it’s true—singing about your feelings can make you feel better.

For use in the classroom, see the Making Music Lesson Plan.

Find out more about PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC® on the series website.

Super Flip | Take the Stage

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Learn how to write an expository essay with opinion, reason and evidence while creating your very own comic strip!

With superhero Captain Opinion and her sidekicks, Reason and Evidence, the viewer goes on a fun adventure into the world of opinions and the importance of supporting them with lots of reasons and evidence.

Learning Objective:
Have students write an expository essay that establishes a central idea in a topic sentence; includes supporting sentences with simple facts, details, and explanations; and contains a concluding statement.

View the Spanish version of Super Flip by clicking here.

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