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ERIC Number: EJ1055828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
Beating Heart of Art
Kelin, Daniel A., II
Teaching Artist Journal, v13 n2 p95-102 2015
This article presents a critical and comparative look at how two theatre programs help young people develop an artistic voice and sense of self as an artist. Each program begins with art. Individuals explore basic tenets of dramatic expression through foundational activities. As they play and experiment, the individuals discover their capacity for creative expression. They come to discern, through structured learning experiences, effective ways to apply theatre in visually and emotionally engaging ways. More important, however, the individuals recognize what constitutes a successful and resourceful ensemble, the beating heart of each organization's program. It is through ensemble-building work that the individual young artists foster the camaraderie necessary to take risks, experiment with potential ideas, and realize their individual artistic potential. It takes becoming a well organized ensemble in order to achieve that individuality. One director notes that "I don't think any of them will be actors." They may not become field professionals, but they will develop into more insightful artists, a trait they can apply to any experience they face.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Hawaii