Tableau luminescence

by Rob Russell | 1 September 2015

The contrivance of pencil and performers proved to be a productive session.

This was a mini adventure of collaboration that crossed grade levels and curriculum. It was a combination of grade 5 art students from elementary and grade 6 theatre students from middle school using one class period to work together and incorporate their units of inquiry and study through experimentation.

The grade 5 art students

The grade 5 arts students had been working through an introduction to life drawing. The students had looked at the different styles of artists focussing upon key practitioners of different time periods and cultures. The students had to comment on what differences and similarities they noticed and comment upon the composition, the use of perspective, colour, contrast and light as well as have discussions about time periods and the use of different mediums. After some exploration, discussion and reflection the students agreed that the water colour pictures of Auguste Rodin best suited their skill level, resources and time constants as an example to emulate. The preparation allowed the teacher to assess the following aero standards for visual arts:

Self-assess choices and adjustments when planning and creating art.

Manipulate the elements of art and the principles of design to create art.


The grade 6 theatre students
The grade 6 theatre students had been working on using tableaus as a starting point to provoke dramatic narrative and had experienced different techniques for devising theatre such as a story-board activity that required the students to record on paper quick stick figure sketches within 16 cartoon boxes of the students assuming different tableaux at different times with a large piece of cloth and Frantic Assembly’s chair duets activity.

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