Making Art Come Alive!
Final Rehearsal for Degas' The Ballet Class performance with Ms. PJ
(student large scale recreations of Degas paintings on stage)
Arts Fusion was created in order to provide the best whole arts experience possible in a small amount of time. It is a collaborative venture taught by Dr. Kirsten Pardun Johannsen, Performing Arts, and Mrs. Lockie Chapman, Visual Arts, with the assistance of guest artist and Orono parent Emil Moffa. The concept of a living tableaux was inspired in part by the Pageant of the Masters arts festival in Laguna Beach, CA.
The collaborative nature of the course supports student learning on many levels.
In four and a half very busy weeks, students have a chance to work as visual art historians, artists, dramaturges, playwrights, designers, directors, actors. filmmakers and musicians as they work in teams to bring a masterwork to life. Student teams record and share their work on this website as they seek to better understand, perceive, imagine and reflect on the work, style and subjects of a major artist of the late 19th, early 20th century.
After selecting the performing, media arts or visual arts track, students then begin the incredible work of recreating a life sized painting on artists’ canvas, or creating all aspects; emotional, intellectual and visual, of several characters found within that painting and other works by the featured artist. Finally, the performing and visual teams reunite to perform their masterpiece in a gallery showing to be held at the end of the session.