Art Aware Newsletter
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The Lion King, Japan and China
Aware classes in 2006 and 2007 were highlighted with themes from China
In anticipation of a trip to Asia which Director, Barbara Pfeiffer
took with a group of educators for sixteen days in April, 2007, elementary
school classes had the experience of doing what Chinese and Japanese
painters have been doing, in stylized form, for centuries: drawing
Art Aware initiated and collected for display and study the drawings
of skeletal, deciduous, winter trees of approximately 500 students
at Davis Elementary School in Camden.
In 2006, Art Aware sponsored trips to see the Broadway production
of Julie Taymor's "Lion King" in Philadelphia. The influence
of the Japanese art of mask making could be seen in the show. It paved
the way for 2007 classes studying the mask-like, live expressions
of the actors in Kabuki Theatre.
Also in 2006, in collaboration with the American Association of University
Women, Camden Country Branch, Ms. Pfeiffer coordinated trips to the
Kimmel Center, one of which was to see "The
Chinese Zodiac" and the Philadelphia
Orchestra. Learning about Chinese instruments would be a precurser
to learning about Chinese styles of paintings which would be shown
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2007 in the exhibition of "Japanese
Masters of the Brush."
Painting, music and poetry are all combined in the ancient arts of
the East and will be increasingly combined in Art Aware classes in
2008 as the world prepares for all the publicity which will be generated
by China's Olympics debut.
Art Aware's website has also been expanded to include a global perspective
of elementary school art education.
Through the 2006 and 2007 Art Aware Posters of Camden students' work,
Ms. Pfeiffer introduced Camden's elementary schools to three elementary
schools in Tokyo, Japan and created links on Art Aware's website to
those elementary schools as well as to schools in New York and Philadelphia
with which Art Aware has connections.
Ms. Pfeiffer's teaching experiences in Tokyo and Hawaii have greatly
influenced the direction Art Aware has taken in Camden and Philadelphia
during the past twenty years.
Bringing reproductions of artwork from around the world from ancient
to modern into elementary school classrooms expands the horizons of
inner city children. Working with art teachers from many different
schools and with institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art
and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Art Aware is able to help students
feel they are a part of an ever widening global perspective.
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May 19, 2007