Speaking Dancing: Creative Movement Workshop

This workshop explores the magic of words and movement. Participants observe, analyze, and interpret words and movement throughout the workshop. The workshop begins with movement, breathing, sound, and word exercises. Students develop expressive skills as they experience the creative potential of whole body movement. Upon completion of this workshop, participants have a dynamic structure that can be used to create their very own dance and performance pieces. Each workshop group provides their own specific interests. Groups may explore the themes of heritage, family icons or traditions, interpret text or script, or build an original group document, story, or dance.

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Sand in my Shoes

This performance is inspired by four Virginia locations: the high rises and crosswalks of urban Crystal City, the rural Piedmont area surrounding Charlottesville, the mountains near Luray, and the recreational Northern Neck. The dancing echoes each location. The journey encompasses the pedestrian missteps and moving walkways in Crystal City, the playful loyalty of a country dog, the Appalachian Trail with breathtaking moments of falling, and the summer fun of a beach party.

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Ridge Line

This performance, suitable for a school assembly, uses dance, photographs, personal letters, and original sound scores as a way to study, examine, and interpret the Civil War. Dances reference the clear-cutting of trees to construct the forts for the Defenses of Washington, Frank Wilkeson’s book Turned Inside Out: Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac, and the civilian viewpoint documented by Marion Southwood in her description of some 20,000 people, mainly women and children, bidding their dear ones goodbye.

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Organic Beauty

Building on their signature style that intersects art forms and community, Jane Franklin Dance creates a site-specific work inspired by the organic beauty of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures. Audiences take part in a trans-formative event as they follow the dancers to experience performances in unexpected places. See Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures through a unique lens and experience the power of taking a second look.

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Pinhole Photography

Photography was invented in 1839.In the beginning, there was a light-tight box, a lens, and a shutter to control light. The camera projected the image on a light-sensitive paper, which was then developed and made permanent through chemical processes. Students will view the first photographs as they look back at the history of photography and then discuss how photography has changed over the last century. Once students have an understanding of image making, the class will make rudimentary photographs using pinhole cameras (supplied) and review the materials needed to make pinhole cameras.

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Cut, Paste, Layer, and Mask: The Digital Photo Montage

Using digital photographs and Photoshop, students will alter images at the pixel level creating digital montages — or a blend of imagery created by cutting, pasting, layering, and masking digital content — inspired by artwork in the VMFA collection. The instructor will provide digital images during the workshop, but students are encouraged to bring their own digital photos on a jump drive. Students are required to have basic computer skills.

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Storytelling with a Camera

A story is often told through photographs. Small groups of students will write fictional stories based on artwork from the museum collection and shown photography examples that take advantage of set construction, lighting, and documentary styles. Visually thinking about their stories, each group will decide how to convey the narratives using a camera. Establishing the subject, location, and character, the photography process begins. The final output will be a portfolio of photographs exhibiting the story either through digital or printed resources.

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Photo Illustration Using Collage

This workshop will illustrate an idea using various photographs. To start, students choose a word or phrase to be illustrated. Looking through a variety of photographic imagery, students will choose photographs to cut and paste to make a collage. Students will be asked to express their word or phrase with three to five different versions of their photo collages. If digital photography technology is available, cameras will also be used in the photo illustration process. The final output will be a portfolio of three to five photo collage illustrations.

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The Digital Portrait

Join photographer Glen McClure, whose projects have included A Random Portrait of Virginia and Faces at the Races, in a hands-on workshop on the digital portrait. Learn simple portrait techniques, including the use of natural light, electronic studio flash, proper backgrounds, and strategies to help your subjects relax in front of the camera. Weather permitting, we will work outside with natural light and create portraits of our classmates. At the end of the day, images are reviewed in one-on-one and group discussions.

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Creative Clothing Construction: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fashion Institute Mixed Media Workshop

The focus of this workshop is to give students, grades 6 – 12, the opportunity to create a wearable piece of art that explores cultural trends, nontraditional materials, and fine art processes. Similar to the Project Runway design style, students make wearable art by reconstructing clothing, found objects, and recycled materials. Inspiration comes from the VMFA collection, artists, and fashion designers. Workshop attendance also gives students a snapshot of the annual Teen Stylin’ runway show held each year in December and open to all teens living in Virginia.

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