Making an entrance – TEAM

This week I have been running a Theatre Laboratory with my grade 10 and 11 students on what we bring when we enter the stage. We are moving onto exits next week, but I thought I would share with you what they explored with entrances for this blog. We discovered that with an entrance you can establish: character mood motive environment relationships objects in the environment status atmosphere conflict story backstory other characters off stage foreshadowing subtext and more... When you are ...

PHOTOGRAPHY and the visual arts exhibition (and Blue Nudes in Hull?)

Blue Nudes in Hull I don’t come from Hull  (England) - or to give it its full name Kingston Upon Hull - but it’s less than 50 miles from my birthplace (using the A15 if anyone is interested), and will be UK city of culture in 2017, and is the latest place that has been part of/enjoyed the ideas of Spencer Tunick. Last month more than 3,000 people stripped naked and were painted blue to mark Hull's City of Culture next year. Hull City ...

What’s the Story?

Human beings see the world in stories. Whatever we put our minds to is naturally furnished with a narrative which gives our thinking a context - it seems to be built into our DNA. Whilst we are all familiar with some of the ancient stories our ancestors created to make sense of their world, we sometimes forget that all of us continue to create and be shaped by stories. To understand this is the first step to grasping the significant ...

Visual Arts and the M Word (“MEANING!”)

Recently I’ve been in correspondence with a friend and colleague, discussing the way that some students incorporate meaning into their art. My friend refers to this as the M word. His concern relates to the way that some students place too much value and importance on the meaning that they place on their art. Of course, art has meaning. Artworks can contain and communicate a huge variety of meanings, some intentional and some unintentional (and at this point this could stray into a ...