It all happens during this literature-based arts-in-education show tailored for kids age 3-third grade. Parents walk away with bibliographies of Spain-and-flamenco-related books, videos and more. Kids walk away swirling their hands, stomping their feet and shouting, of course, “Olé.”
This bilingual program teaches in a layered method, building confidence and reading skills, while getting kids to move around to the sounds of Spanish singing in flamenco music.
Audiences of up to 200 are welcome at this interactive show.
Ferdinand por farruca includes a performance and demonstration of flamenco dance, including a flamenco dance interpretation of The Story of Ferdinand. Also, kids learn a few flamenco dance moves and hear a reading Ferdinand’s story, all while exploring Ferdinand.
The show has been presented at the Decatur Book Festival, the Atlanta Multicultural Book Festival, Fieldwork, and in libraries and schools across Georgia.
Please inquire for booking information.
Ferdinand por farruca is just one way that flamenco is part of arts-in-education. Also known as school shows, several interactive performances teach lessons that support state curriculum goals in the classroom. Here are 10 lessons that the arts teach, according to The Arts and the Creation of Mind by Elliot Eisner:
1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose
what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words
that will do the job.
9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA (National Art Education Association) Publications.
For big kids, also known as adults, arts-in-education shows are packed with enriching historical anecdotes, opportunities to get up and move, as well as entertainment. Inquire for bookings for audiences of all ages.