Monday, June 29, 2009

Teaching Day 1

As our work began at 10a.m. with a group of teenage females, we were encouraged. After introducing ourselves, getting to know each other and engaging the group with games such as "shabooyah", "ba" and "zip-zap-zop", we shared our favorite places in Detroit and their positive characteristics.

At the end of two hours, the smaller groups had created and shared: a short scene that led into a dance created by the students and multiple poems created through various techniques that explored emotions, positive thinking and favorite places!

And that was just the females.....

I must admit, after our lunch break, we were hopeful but still bracing ourselves for a bit of a tougher time with the male youth.

I am happy to say, we could not have been more wrong!

Following an honest discussion with the group about who we are and what art is. The minds of the young men were contemplating their favorite artists and ways in which they would like to share/explore art.

Our games were a hit and they were eager to express their favorite places in Detroit to us.
As a group we worked on the African tradition called "ashay", where we all create a unique sound and build all of the sounds together as we unite and play off of one another.

After class, two students spoke to us about their interest in Edgar Allen Poe and writing rhymes or scenes....

we took it as inspiration for the next day!


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