Wednesday, November 19, 2008

All the World's a Stage

This week our school is putting on a play, The Little Mermaid. The art department helped a little.

This year we made two giant stretched canvases to be used as backdrops for school plays. This is one of them. It is about 5 foot by 8 foot. Dr. Anabel made the frames, and I stretched the canvas over them. Here some fifth graders are painting the canvas with gesso -- a material that prepares a surface to hold paint.

Now some kids are starting to paint with acrylic paint. A bunch of kids helped paint an underwater scene. The camera wasn't available so I don't have many process shots.

Here is the finished backdrop. Mr. Mancester used his mad MacGyver skills to hinge the two panels together and attached the legs. The plan is to just paint over this every year, for whatever backdrop we need. I didn't have anything to do with these costumes, but they are great! We have some talented parents that do a lot to help the school.

Mrs. Jacoski is an artist with colored duct tape, as you can see below.

Here's the whole cast singing "Under the Sea".

This boat is very impressive!
We're doing a lot of Ocean themed stuff in the school this year. The drama club, the music and art programs will all use the theme throughout the year. It will be what makes this year special, plus we can reuse some of the stuff we make for a variety of things.

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