Hunter College
School of Education
Curriculum & Teaching
Prof. John Toth, Ph.D. / jtoth@hunter.cuny.edu
THE ARTS
PRIME COMMUNICATION
BODY LANGUGE
TIME MIN THE ARTS AS COMMUNICATION...
for the post modern educator

www: ArtBodyLanguage.html

1:30 15 Introduce  BODY LANGUAGE   as a form of communication.
  • Body language communicates meaning and expression in the Arts.
  • Introduce Art Literacy as modes of communication that can be compared to writing as literacy.

AIM: Understand how artists use the energy of line in bodies to create movement. How do composers use duration to create qualities that effect dance movement. Understanding how body language communicates balance. Understand ways in which artists communicate meaning using interactive body language.
OBJECTIVE: Draw 12 gesture studies of small groups doing specific tasks. Paint one of the sketches.  
LINE OF INQUIRY
: How do artists use body language to create meaning and expression.
ART ELEMENT: Body Language, gesture, form, sign language, signals.

ART STANDARDS:
The Arts Standards for NY

The Arts Standard 1

performance:

Dance - Identify and demonstrate movement elements and skills (such as bend, twist, slide, skip, hop)
Music
- sing songs and play instruments, maintaining tone quality.
Theater - use creative drama to communicate ideas and feelings.
Visual Arts - understand and use the elements and principles of art (line, color, texture, shape) to communicate their ideas.
art suppliesread articles

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Artwork under study:

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1. Alberto Giacometti, “Annette”
2. Frida Kahlo
, “Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair"
3. Jacob Lawrence, “Pool Player"
4. Umberto Giacometti, “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space”

Rossiter & Mignot

Rossiter and Mignot
, “Washington and Lafayette at Mount Vernon”

Washington & Lafayette - Slideshow
Body Language Artworks - Slideshow

Explore methods for investigating a work of art: describe, analyze, interpret, reflect and question.
Artistic Line of Inquiry: How do Kahlo, Giacometti and Lawrence use body language and facial expression to communicate emotion, ideas and symbolic meaning?

Enlarge image
Henri Matisse. The Dance, 1911. o/c

DANCE
Bill T. Jone / Ghostcatching - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -
Cunningham / pedestrian gesture

DANCE

Urban Bush Women
,

MUSIC

Claude Debussy, Claire De Lune
Miles Davis /  Kind of Blue, So What
MUSIC / THEATER Lawrence_Migration52a.jpg
Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story
Geraldine Morris / Persephone: Ashton's Rite of Spring

Pedogogical Considerations
Develop question strategies that open ideas around multiple intelligences.
2:00 15 VISUAL ART SKILL ACTIVITY:
GESTURE DRAWING

OBJECTIVE: Art - Make gesture drawings of poses. Draw 12 gesture studies of small groups doing specific tasks (working, playing, sitting, dancing, etc.). Explore differenrs ways  to draw lines. Consider drawing lines that are angular, zig-zag, swirly, geometric and flowing so as to effect mood or content.

CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  1

Paint one of the sketches.

DANCE ACTIVITY:
GROUP GESTURES

Dance - create 5 different linear / angular gestures in a group.
Theater - Write a dialogue for The Dance and enact.
Music - Use percussion instruments to create 3 different rhythms that accompany your 3 sketches.

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CREATIVE ACTIVITY: 2
SHAPES WITH ATTITUDE

OBJECTIVE: Draw a large circle that just fits inside the page. Students will take turns presenting a pose with a specific attitude. Sketch a pose with the feet on the bottom inside the circle. Rotate page and add another pose. Sketch and rotate 8 times. Place a meaningful object in the center that relates to the combined poses.
- Reflect on student generated artworks.

SAMPLE  ACTIVITY: GROUP GESTURESBody Language

3:15   CONTEXT:
ART HISTORY
- Henri Matisse
SOCIAL STUDIES
- Jacob Lawrence & Lanston Hughes, Migration series. Artist and writer    collaboration.
ART EDUCATION Practice and Theory. Lincoln Center Institute
VOCABULARY:
Body Language
relaxed, anxious, working, playing, crawling, gripping, directing,

e-syllabus

3:30   www: ArtBodyLanguage.html
lesson plan: BodyLanguage2008.htm
survey: Survey01ArtsBodyLanguage2008.htm
Matisse Rossiter & Mignot Body Language Kahlo Giacometti Jacob Lawrence Boccioni