Fine Arts

Fine Arts (X) - Primary (X) - High (X)

Makey Makey

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Makey Makey is an invention kit for everyone! Use it to turn everyday objects into keys for your computer. This little device turns common objects into input devices and allows you to interface the real world with your virtual creations. Extremely fun when working with Scratch or Snap coding software.

Each kit consists of:
1 Makey Makey ™
7 Alligator Cables
1 USB Cord
6 Connector Wires
Instructions Sheet
Stickers

Green Screen Backdrop

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The 9 x 10' Chroma Green Digital Background from Westcott is the perfect addition to any studio that needs chroma key. The convenient size is good for small groups or individual, full-length shots. The background features a pole pocket and grommets on all four sides for easy hanging.
See record for Green Screen Stand if you need the support for hanging the screen.

Breakout Edu Kit

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The Breakout EDU kit includes everything you need to play over 350 games created for the classroom environment. The kit includes access to the new BreakoutEdu Platform to be used while using the kit.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Middle
High
Professional
Content Area: 
ELA
Math
Social Studies
Science
Fine Arts
Health/Phys. Ed.
LOTE
Computer Science
Special Education
Family/Consumer Science
Business/Technology
ELL
Library
Other
Play Time: 
30 min.
Breakout Edu Kit

Compose Yourself

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You don’t have to know how to write music or even own an instrument to be a world-class composer. Created by the ever-famous composer and cellist, Maestro Philip Sheppard, Compose Yourself teaches children as young as six to play with music.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Middle
High
Content Area: 
Fine Arts
Play Time: 
5 min.
Compose Yourself

MN Original | MacPhail Center for Music

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Watch how MacPhail Center for Music’s partnership with Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis brings classical musical education to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

This program, which began in 1989, serves as a model for more than 90 other community partnerships that bring musical education to many diverse communities throughout the state.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

Gospel Train | The Civil War Era

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In this video, students learn about "Gospel Train". “Gospel Train” is a code-word song used in the Underground Railroad by slaves, often sung just before an escape in an attempt to let all who wished to go know that the time was near. In this segment, folk singers Rhonda and Sparky Rucker perform the piece on harmonica and guitar.

 

Stencils on the Street with Mike Shine

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Meet Bay Area artist Mike Shine, who discusses his carnival-inspired paintings, and his recent large-scale stencil murals. He makes art for people to enjoy, both superficially and in depth, and condemns much of modern art because of the context needed for interpretation. He wants his art to be able to be interpreted, regardless of how it is interpreted. He wants it to transcend cultural and language barriers. Check out how his art is made in this video.

Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos here

Museums Rule! Why do Art Museum Rules Exist?

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Before heading out on a museum field trip, check out this superhero-style Art School video produced by KQED, about museum rules and why they exist, which will help prepare anyone for a museum visit.

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Seyed Alavi: Conceptual Art

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For over two decades Seyed Alavi has worked with public institutions to create conceptual works of art to be experienced by passers by. In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow Alavi as he offers a guided tour of his art and working process.

The Crooked Jades: Music

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The Crooked Jades are on a mission to revive some of America's oldest music. Aficionados of "old-time" music, the members of this Bay Area band perform their own take on rural folk music from the days before radio. For the bandleader Jeff Kazor, old-time music offers a way to connect today's world with the country's earliest days -- the songs evoke conjure common feelings of alienation and suffering. As the chief songwriter of the band, Kazor finds his inspiration by listening to old recordings and selecting songs to rediscover and reinterpret.

ODC Dance

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Brenda Way who in the three decades since she founded ODC has directed her dancers and staff to accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible. In the 1970s, a group of dancers, musicians and artists from Oberlin College formed the Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC), a collaborative project dedicated to developing and performing new modern dance works. ODC has since become the premier contemporary dance company of the West Coast, performing for more than 50,000 people a year.

Chris Drury: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, climb a tree with Chris Drury whose installations mimic the underlying patterns of the natural world. For more than a quarter-century, internationally recognized British artist Chris Drury has used the materials and processes of nature in his work. Drury's lyrical, often temporary installations mimic patterns that already exist in the natural world. Visit with Drury as he prepares a series of works for a six-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, culminating in a show called "Whorls: Installations by Chris Drury," an indoor and outdoor exhibition featuring three site-specific nature-based installations. 

Consuelo Jiménez Underwood: Visual Arts (Fiber Arts)

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In the Spark video produced by KQED, follow Consuelo Jiménez Underwood as she installs new works at the San Jose Museum of Art for the "Un/Familiar Territory" exhibition, addressing the relationships between place and culture and personal identity. Discussing her roles as both artist and teacher at San Jose State University, Underwood raises two important issues that have surfaced in textiles recently -- the contemporary interest in textiles as an expressive art form and the legacy of textiles as a craft traditionally practiced by women.

Amalia Mesa-Bains: Visual Arts

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore the meanings and history of Día de los Muertos with internationally renowned Chicana artist Amalia Mesa-Bains as she teaches a class on the holiday's traditions. In teaching these traditions, Mesa-Bains helps her students get in touch with their own histories. Although more than half of Monterey County is of Mexican origin, the tradition of making ofrendas for Day of the Dead has been in great part abandoned as families came to the United States. For some, the tradition is even at odds with the practices of the Catholic Church. But by learning the traditions of Día de los Muertos, many of Mesa-Bains's students are able to reconnect with cultural practices and their own past. 

 

David Hevel: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, get fierce with sculptor David Hevel and his outrageous animal creations inspired by pop icons. Growing up in Missouri, David Hevel was influenced by the inevitable and distinctly American force-feeding of pop icons and television culture. Hevel worked in film/video performance, commercial illustration and painting, eventually finding his niche in sculpture. Using unique materials, Hevel creates fantastical images of animals that represent such American celebrities as supermodel Tyra Banks and pop idol Justin Timberlake. 

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