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Traditional Craft: Making an Umbrella Stand

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Berea College Crafts designs and produces wood furniture and other wooden items, such as umbrella stands. In this video, students demonstrate how an umbrella stand is crafted. Tools used include a saw, drill, jig, lathe, story stick, chisels, sanders, vise, and paint gun.

Documenting Communities | Media Arts Toolkit

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Berea College’s Partners for Education partnered with communities in 10 Kentucky Appalachian counties to develop the Our Creative Promise website to showcase the region’s creative assets. They invited schools in each county to engage students in creating artworks to celebrate the unique attributes of their communities. Students wrote poetry, painted murals, created sculptures, recorded interviews, and wrote songs. Media arts were integrated throughout so that their projects could be added to the regional website. Each county profile has a section entitled “Youth Lens,” where student multimedia creativity is showcased.

Studio to Stage | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Lyndy Franklin Smith, artistic director of the Lexington Theater Company, explains how a production goes from studio to the stage, beginning with music, then moving to choreography, rehearsals, and blocking. She describes the adjustments made as they move to rehearsing on stage at the Lexington Opera House.

Behind the Scenes of a Theater Company | Drama Arts Toolkit

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With a behind the scenes look at the production of Mary Poppins, Jeromy Smith and Lyndy Franklin Smith, founders of the Lexington Theatre Company, describe their partnership, goals, and how they put a show together. Jeromy explains the factors that affect their choice of plays to perform. Lyndy details how a production comes together over the course of three weeks. The collegiate ensemble rehearses music and choreography in a four-day boot camp, then the professional actors join the cast. After almost two weeks of rehearsals, costume fittings, set design, and technical adjustments, the production is ready for opening night.

Anansi and the Hat Shaking Dance | A World of Stories

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Donna Washington tells a traditional West African story about Anansi the spider. The story explains why spiders don’t have hair.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories collection.

“My Old Kentucky Home”: Hard Rock/Electric Bass | Music Arts Toolkit

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Chris Mullins performs “My Old Kentucky Home” on electric instruments.

Ten Little Chicks/Diez pollitos | A World of Stories

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Count chicks in this fun game. Song avavilable in Spanish and English. 

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections.

 

The Butterfly/La Mariposa | A World of Stories

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This Mexican folktale that explains why butterflies do not live in houses and why they migrate. Story told in Spanish and English.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star | Everyday Learning

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Students are introduced to traditional folk music with an animated rendition of a familiar song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” The video features shadow puppets and a crankie—a long illustrated scroll, which has been used as a method of storytelling since the 19th century.

Minnie Adkins | Muse Moments

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Minnie Adkins is a folk artist known for her painted wood carvings of roosters, foxes, bears, possums, and horses. Adkins was born in Isonville, a small town in rural Eastern Kentucky. As a child Adkins didn’t have toys and decided to make her own by carving sticks.

 

Matlachines | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Matlachines is a traditional dance from Aguascalientes. The dance originates from a combination of pre-hispanic and colonial music and dance. It is often performed during Patron Saint Festivals.

This version of Matlachines was performed by Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington and taped at the Festival del Dia de los Muertos in Lexington, Ky.

 

 

Traditional Craft: Weaving a Placemat

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Berea College’s Crafts program began in 1893 with its weaving studio. In this video, students demonstrate how they weave a placemat. Placemats are woven on a loom and finished by a seamstress. Weavers demonstrate how to prepare a loom for a weaving project, and then how to operate the loom. A seamstress demonstrates how to cut and finish the edges of the placemat.

Traditional Craft: Making a Ceramic Mug

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Learn how a ceramic mug is crafted in this video from Berea College Crafts. The potter uses a potter’s wheel and shapes the mug from a ball of clay in a process called throwing the clay. Once the mug is trimmed, it is left to dry overnight. The potter then adds a handle. The mug is fired in a bisque kiln, glazed, and then fired again to create the finished product.

Beijing Opera Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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This performance by students in the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts program pays tribute to the rich pageantry of Beijing Opera. Beijing Opera is a uniquely Chinese form of theater that combines colorful costuming, elaborate face painting and masks, music, mime, dance, acrobatics, and stylized combat. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

 

Baskets: Jennifer Heller

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Jennifer Heller taught herself how to make willow baskets over 20 years ago. She describes how she harvests the willow bark, experiments with various twining techniques, and designs and creates fine baskets that are both functional and artistic.

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