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Arts for Summer Learning: Bill Rasdell

By Sarah Mihich, Marketing Intern

The other day, I had the pleasure to observe an Arts for Summer Learning program. The artist, Bill Rasdell, taught children going into 2nd grade about photography while tying it into their lesson for the day, Tableau. Bill Rasdell is an experienced photographer with a focus on producing fine art and documentary images.

During the lesson that I observed, students were learning the basic art elements and principals of design. He took the students outside asking them to take close up photos of patterns found in nature.  The students were learning about Tableau and theatre exercise to help them understand story elements in order to become more engaged and careful readers.

Tableau in French means “picture”. In theater this term is a frozen silent picture that a group of actors make with their bodies to show a moment in time. These images can be used to symbolize relationships, environments, emotions, scenes or events. The 2nd graders received hands creating their own tableau.

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July 8, 2014
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