Integrated Arts

All middle school students are required to take a year-long survey course called Integrated Arts. The goal of the Integrated Arts curriculum is to highlight the truly collaborative and relational nature of art, and the influence of different cultures and historical periods. Each year we focus on a specific geographical region, cultural heritage, historical period, or significant art movement. In small groups, students cycle through a rotation of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre. Within each rotation (discipline), students will experience approximately eight different hour-long lessons. Visiting artists, field trips, and guest lectures supplement the curriculum. The second half of the year is devoted to preparation for a culminating, interactive performance that incorporates each of the four disciplines. In the past we have studied African culture, the arts of Asia, South American culture, the Ballet Russes, the School of Paris and the Avant-Garde movement, the Italian Renaissance, the American 1920s and 1930s, and Native American culture. In the past few years we have showcased culminating presentations that have included the party scene from Romeo and Juliet, an American revue featuring artists of the 20th Century, and an original Native American ceremony featuring retelling of some of the great tribal myths.


The British Isles
Music Department
Several historical artists as well as recent musician; folk songs from all 4 countries
The students will be able to acknowledge important composers from the British Isles locate geographical connections. The first half of this coming school year will involve the students learning about composers and groups from the British Isles. They will explore the music through composition, active observation and improvising folk songs from the Isles. The students will experience the music and be fully engaged in the relationships between music, other performing art forms and the inter-disciplinary aspect of music which is undeniably evident in each culture we will study. Lessons studied will be from Purcell’s Dido and Anaeas, Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, selected folk tunes for improvising and learning, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica and music of U2, the Beatles and the British Invasion. The students will compose and arrange folk tunes using their own instruments, analyze listen to and describe music of this diverse area, sing (those who are vocalists) and learn to read standard music notation (or strengthen the skill).

Dance Department
Studying Scottish Folk dancing as well as Brigadoon; Irish dance - hoping to get a guest teacher; Royal Academy of Dance - from London.

Theatre Department
Either the poets of British Isles - James Joyce or Elizabethian England/Shakespeare.

Fine Arts Department
Ceramic tile installation based on artists from each of the 4 countries; contacting a local artist who works with the Magic Garden in Philadelphia.
Kim is doing an English & Scottish artist; Andres please do 2 artists from Wales; Daphne will do Ireland.

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