Author: Pamela Sofras, Professor Emirita, UNC Charlotte; Contributing Writer: Cathy Wright, AIEA Dance Institute Director Pamela Anderson Sofras, Med. is a Professor Emeritus of dance and dance education and was the first Chair of the Dance Department in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She has 40 years of experience teaching dance at the university level and has taught and developed courses in modern dance technique, composition, dance education methods and student teaching. From 1978 to 1990, she was affiliated with the American Dance festival as a faculty member. She served as assistant, associate dean and founding director of the Young Dancer’s School of the American Dance Festival. She was part of a team of educators who wrote dance education guidelines for training K-12 dance teachers for the public schools of North Carolina. She has also developed curriculum materials supported by state and national grants, for professional arts organizations located in New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and New York. Sofras has been… Read More »EMOTION AND ENERGY
These are the video lessons they currently have at their website: https://mmfa.org/education-resources/for-teachers/video-lessons/ Special thanks to Alice Novak, Education Director at MMFA for sharing this link with us.
LIST OF ARTISTS WITH CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS provided by Durinda Cheek, AIEA Visual Arts Director Alabama Artists Kelly Fitzpatrick Charlie Lucas Bill Traylor Gees Bend Quilters African American Artists/History Romare Bearden William Johnson Jacob Lawrence Faith Ringgold Ecology/ Life Cycles Claude Monet Environmental Science/Recycle Dale Chihuly Engineering Leonardo da Vinci Alexander Calder Math Chuck Close – Grids M. C. Escher – Tessellations Paul Klee – Shapes Piet Mondrian – Geometry We have Lessons developed for each of these Artists and Curricular Connections. If you are interested in accessing any of those lessons, please contact us for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org. This project has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mickey Lonsdale, is an international award-winning physical theatre actor and dancer. He originally hails from Ramer, Alabama. He began his dance training at Alabama Dance Theatre in Montgomery and has a B.A. in Communication/Theatre at Auburn Montgomery. While in college, he became the emcee, entertaining 7000 fans nightly, for the Montgomery Biscuits. After graduating, Mickey moved to Italy to pursue an M.F.A. in Physical Theatre at the Accademia del’Arte. He received training in Commedia Dell’Arte, Clown, Dance, Choreography, and Acting. During this time, he attended Flic Scoula di Circo, Circus School, where he trained in acrobatics, acro dance, Chinese pole, walking globe, and various other circus skills. While in Europe, he performed with companies such as Familie Floz in Germany, Divaldo Continuo in the Czech Republic, and Red Dot Theatre in Italy and Turkey. After receiving his M.F.A., Mickey moved to the NYC area where has starred in several independent films, commercials, TV shows, and works as a free-lance dancer/choreographer. He became a founding member of Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre.… Read More »ONLINE LEARNING LESSON with Mickey Lonsdale
Angela Allen Dickson Angie is the current theatre instructor at Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. She has taught theatre and directed students of every age for over thirty years. She has her MFA from the University of Alabama in Theatre Performance, is a member of the Dramatist Guild, a certiﬁed Meisner Acting instructor for The True Acting Institute, and is an Equity Eligible Candidate. She was recently featured in the Cloverdale Playhouse productions of Dancing at Lughnasa and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and as Baroness Elberfeld in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Sound of Music. She has been involved in many theatrical productions and is looking forward to the time we can all gather together again for live performances. She is also a produced playwright having participated in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with such musical Theatre dignitaries as Stephen Schwartz and Sheldon Harnick. She has also had the good fortune to perform with Randy Foster in the Cloverdale Playhouse Cabarets and teach at Camp Shakespeare… Read More »ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LESSON with Angie Dickson
Middle School Socials Studies and Arts: 3 Lessons VIDEOS https://vimeo.com/channels/1622454 LESSONS 1) CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE US 1900-1930s Cultural-Development-in-the-US-AIEA-Lesson Plan Cultural-Development-Appendix 2) SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGES IN US SINCE WWII Social-and-Cultural-Changes-in-the-US-AIEA-Lesson Plan Social and Cultural-Changes-Appendix 3) WHERE’S THE POWER? GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEMS Governmental-Systems-AIEA-Lesson Plan Governmental-Systems-Appendix This project has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cathy Wright, retired – Montgomery Public Schools Office of Curriculum and Instruction, serves as a teaching artist and comprehensive arts education facilitator for the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts (AIEA). She developed and implemented the program in Dance for the very first magnet school in Montgomery (CCPAC – now housed at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School), and she led Montgomery Public School’s K-12 Arts Integration Initiative prior to her retirement. She also founded AIEA’s Dance Institute. She is the 1992 American Teacher Awards Performing Arts Honoree/Dance, a 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Artist-in-Education Fellowship recipient, and she served on two Alabama Course of Study/Arts Education committees for the Alabama State Department of Education. She co-authored (with Randy Foster) the Alabama State Department of Education’s ACCESS Distance Learning Arts Survey course online, and she currently serves as an arts facilitator/evaluator for AIEA’s ACES (Arts Connections Enhance Student Success) program at Vaughn Road Elementary School in Montgomery. A native of Montgomery, AL, Liza Cardinal Simpler trained at the… Read More »ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LESSON Cathy Hess Wright and Liza Cardinal Simpler
The Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts invites you to attend WATERCOLOR BOOTCAMP AIEA is thrilled to offer this special workshop for our participating schools and teachers. Join us for this exciting and unique opportunity! This is a skill building session for educators who would like to learn about painting with watercolor. We will cover the basic techniques and how to apply them in a painting. We will experiment with creating textures from household materials. Charles Burchfield (1893- 1967) will be our focal artist with his paintings of the seasons, landscape, and weather. Gain confidence in your watercolor painting so you can instruct your students and have fun! Leave with lesson ideas to connect visual arts to your curriculum. All supplies provided. WHAT: SUPERDAY workshop for K-12 Teachers WHO: Durinda Cheek, M.Ed, started as a facilitator for AIEA in 1995 and became director in 2009. She taught art in middle and elementary schools prior to serving as the art department chairperson at The McCallie School in Chattanooga for ten years. … Read More »Watercolor Bootcamp
VIEWPOINTS: Creating character through the body, PART 3 WHO: Mickey Lonsdale, is an internationally known, award winning physical theatre actor and dancer. He originally hails from Ramer, Alabama. He began his dance training at Alabama Dance Theatre and has a B.A. in Theatre from Auburn Montgomery. While in college, he became the emcee for the Montgomery Biscuits, entertaining 7000 fans nightly. After graduating, Mickey moved to Italy to pursue an M.F.A. in Physical Theatre at the Accademia del’Arte. He received training in Commedia Dell’Arte, Clown, Dance, Choreography, and Acting. During this time, he attended Flic Scoula di Circo, Circus School, where he trained in acrobatics, acro dance, Chinese pole, walking globe, and various other circus skills. While in Europe, he performed with companies such as Familie Floz in Germany, Divaldo Continuo in the Czech Republic, and Red Dot Theatre in Italy and Turkey. After receiving his M.F.A., Mickey moved to the NYC area where has starred in several independent films, commercials, TV shows, and works as a free-lance dancer. He… Read More »VIEWPOINTS: Creating character through the body, PART 3
WHO: CELESTE MILLER, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College in a position that allows her to combine her love for teaching with her investigation of dance as a performing art, cultural practice, political act and a method for the embodiment of ideas and beliefs. She is also the co-founder and director of Big If Dance Experiments – an open collective of dancers, actors, movers, musicians and other artists. The name ”Big If” comes from Charles Darwin. In a letter to Joseph D. Hooker in 1871 Darwin wrote, “It is often said that all the conditions necessary for the first production of a living being are now present. But if (and oh, what a big if)….” Celeste was the director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Choreographer’s Lab focusing on dance and community engagement from 1993-2005; and has been the co-founder and director of Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion since 1993. WHEN: FRIDAY, January 12, 2018 9:00-3:00 WHERE: 1715 27th Court South, Birmingham AL 35209 … Read More »Curriculum in Motion®: Using Creative Movement and the Kinesthetic Mode to Enhance Learning