Marquis Studios arts‐in‐education services are an ideal way to bring the arts into classrooms and after school programs while also serving as professional development for staff. Each program is focused on a specific art discipline selected after consultation with client staff. A team of senior management and Teaching Artists design all programs to integrate the arts with instruction in academic subjects by utilizing the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Common Core Standards. Programs are adapted and customized to the appropriate age level and are available for grades K‐12.
Who Am I? By creating a self-portrait, students begin a journey of self-discovery. Using a variety of media, such as drawing, painting and collage, each student is encouraged to explore the different ways of showing facial features, expression and emotion. Students examine the self-portraits of famous artists to see how shape, form, color and proportion affect a portrait. Working with mirrors student create pictures that visually communicate their own distinct and individual qualities. This residency can be teamed with written classroom work lead by the classroom teacher where the students write poetry or a descriptive text about themselves.
* This program makes a connection to the curriculum in Literacy and Social Studies.
In the ancient art of shadow puppetry, cut-out forms create beautiful visual effects as they are held against a cloth screen and lit from behind. Students produce representational puppets from cardboard, tissue paper and colored plastic and perform an original script. The curriculum covers the history of many cultures that use shadow puppetry – from Turkey, along the spice routes, and back to Asia. Classes learn the various skills of puppetry, which include drawing, color composition, sculpture and drama. Once the puppets and a script are created classes begin the puppet show production – staging, scenery design, music and sound effects. Students build their vocal projection and theater skills, as well as their self-confidence and free expression.
This residency introduces basic aspects of the dramatic arts. Students recognize self-expression and cooperative skills as well as improvisational techniques and scene creation. Students examine meanings within their own experiences through the characters they play. Children become more aware of the mechanics of their bodies as tools of expression and a means to foster imagination. Instead of a final performance, students participate in a less formal “sharing” in the classroom with their peers and teachers.