Bridget Tunstall

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Bridget Tunstall

The Living Newspaper Artist Residency Program provides FCPS middle school students with the unique opportunity to explore a style of American Drama from the 1930s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) to help get the American people and the American economy back on its feet after the 1929 Stock Market crash. The Federal Theatre Project was one of five arts projects created by the W.P.A., to produce and perform new works, like the Living Newspaper p ...

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Curtis “Mr. Blues” Mailloux

The You Can Write a Blues Song! Cross-curricular Artist Residency Program  uses songwriting in the American blues style to integrate music, social studies and creative writing. Using acoustic roots music, primarily the blues, artist in residence and blues musician Curtis, “Mr. Blues” Mailloux shows how American Roots Music of 1910-1945 reflected the changing lives of Americans, particularly African Americans of that era.By analyzing songs from the era, students gain an understanding of and ...

Emmanuel (Kofi) Dennis

The Study-Beat All Around: African Drumming Polyrhythms Artist Residency Program introduces students to West African culture through the experience of West African polyrhythmic drumming. In their exposure to this unique musical form, they discover how this art of drumming is used to express empathy in response to a variety of human experiences. Throughout the program, students work to create, practice, and perform original works and ultimately respond to their learning in meaningful ways.Student ...

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Helen Murray Pafumi

The Urban Storytelling: What I Wish I'd Said Artist Residency Program offers students an opportunity to define and explore the act of bullying through dramatic storytelling. Students are empowered to give voice to the effects of bullying on them through the use of theatrical devising, a technique where personal stories are told by writing or improvising until a scripted work is produced. Utilizing discussion, improvisation, and ensemble games, students grasp the difference between sympathy and e ...

Jeanne Harrison

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Jeanne Harrison

The Masks: Identity Concealed and Revealed Artist Residency Program invites young performers to probe the meaning of persona by developing physically expressive performance capabilities through the use of character masks. “Mask theatre” is the world’s oldest form of physical theatre and in this program students are introduced to the ways it focuses on communication by involving actors’ bodies, imaginations, and emotional wellspring to tell clear and compelling stories.Students investigate how ma ...

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Jim Mason

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Jim Mason

The Discovering Your Soundtrack Artist Residency Program offers students the opportunity to collaborate in music composition through experimentation with musical elements and discovery of combinations that provide a solid foundation of pulse and rhythmic intrigue. Students investigate and interpret the challenges, questions and realizations of a personal journey in a musical form using melody, phrasing and other inventive musical applications. Journey is relevant to the life of a middle school s ...

Karen Kozojet Ching

In the Mixed-Media Expressions Artist Residency Program, middle school students expand their visual language and view the familiar from a different perspective by discovering innovative techniques to alter and embellish substrates and surfaces. The possibilities are endless to transform re-purposed materials into a medium for self-expression. Students collaborate to create mixed-media artwork that merges text, collage, painting, and drawing.  They explore the work of contemporary mixed-med ...

Michela Mansuino

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Michela Mansuino

The Cultural Landscape:  Past, Present, and Future Artist Residency Program challenges students to consider the cultural landscape of the United States, from an historical and personal perspective. Students are asked to research and analyze recognized artworks that interpret aspects of the American Landscape in creative ways. Students benefit from drawing and painting demonstrations by the resident artist. They see how to plan through journaling, how to execute an artwork by building on ske ...

Rebecca Kamen

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Rebecca Kamen

The Crossing the Intersection of Art and Sciences Artist Residency Program engages students in contemplating the intersection between art and science. Through a presentation that includes illustrations of scientific theories in tandem with artworks created to interpret those theories, students are challenged to find ways to visually interpret science to promote further understanding of its principles. As a result, students see how they can translate scientific data or systems into visual form ba ...

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