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School Spotlight: Eliza A. Blaker School #55

Written by: Heather Boelke, Eliza A. Blaker School #55 Arts Liaison, OCullH@myips.org

First and second grade students at Eliza A. Blaker School #55 are practicing parts in preparation to go see “Tall Tales and Long Tails,” presented by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra at Shortridge High School. On March 8th, the ICO will perform classical favorites of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf for IPS schoolsThis musical piece utilizes instrumental melodies to represent characters, both human and animal.

Under the instruction of music teacher Joseph Pockrass, students at Eliza A. Blaker have been working in teams studying instrument sounds and character representations. Students had opportunities to see and draw instruments, identify which characters they represent, and express the characters’ actions and emotions. Another lesson enabled students to create stories of their own. Teams were able to decide what was happening with their characters, acting out their scenes when the respective musical parts were played.

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School Spotlight: Edison School of the Arts 47

Written by: Amber Price, Edison School of the Arts #47 Arts Liaison, pricead@myips.org

Lenore Blank Kelner, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, works with 4th grade students at Edison.

“Tableau is better than worksheets,” a common phrase you will hear from students at Edison School of the Arts.   Edison School of the Arts is a kindergarten through eighth grade IPS Innovation school for the arts. This year, as one of the nine Any Given Child Indy pilot schools, Edison School of the Arts chose to integrate drama in all core academic and arts classes through the strategy of tableau. A tableau is a “frozen picture.”

This year Edison established a partnership with the Clowes Memorial Hall Education department on the campus of Butler University. With the help of Donna Rund, Education Manager at Butler Arts Center, Clowes Memorial Hall, the Edison staff receives monthly arts integration professional development workshops learning about tableaus and how to integrate them with other subjects. With our focus on tableaus teachers have learned to incorporate what we call the “actor’s toolbox” in their daily lessons.   The “actor’s toolbox” is a term coined by Kennedy Center arts integration specialist, Sean Layne. With the use of their “actor’s toolbox,” students have learned to use their body, voice, imagination, concentration and collaborate with others.

6th grade students’ tableau

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