Hey cycle 2,
I know some of you looked up Andy Warhol on the computer. For those of you who didn’t, the video below will explain a little bit about this famous American artist and the meaning behind Pop-Art.
As some of you might have guessed we will make our nutcracker art project POP! We will not be usually Andy Warhol’s artistic method to reproduction your initial image. Instead, our school photocopy will provide you with your canvas ready to have colour added to it!
You will each get to take a pop-art image of yourself with Photobooth, as your art signature for this project.
Here are two different ones of me!
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Hey Cycle 2,
At this time of year, my family and I are always debating whether or not we will go see The Nutcracker in Montreal at Place des Arts performed by Les Grand Ballet Canadiens de Montréal. One of my all time favourite shows is this spectacular ballet, which I believe is filled with beauty, grace and grandeur!
A PRODUCTION LIKE NO OTHER
Created in 1964 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, this adaptation of the Hoffmann tale by Quebec dancer choreographer Fernand Nault (1920-2006) is among the most beautiful in existence. It is performed by some one hundred dancers, with sumptuous sets designed by Peter Horne, scintillating costumes by François Barbeau, and lighting by Nicholas Cernovitch. Every year, more than 600 children audition for parts, and some one hundred are chosen for the roles of Mice, Rats, Angels, Reindeer, Sheep, Matriochkas, Orientals, Children at the Party and, of course, Clara and Fritz.
The music score for this two-act ballet was created by none other than Tchaikovsky. I am certain that when I play one of the most famous pieces from The Nutcracker, you will recognize it immediately!
Below are two videos I’d like to share with you. The first is an excerpt of my favourite scene entitled, Les floçons. The second is an informative video (in French) about the show and its history in Montreal.
Next week, we will be examining the story of The Nutcracker and its origins.
In honour of The Nutcracker and its cultural impact on the world, we will be making our own visually interesting Nutcracker.
Next week, I will unveil our art project. However, for those of you particularly curious as to the nature of our class art project, I will give you a hint on the artist we will be learning about . We will be learning about a famous artist called Andy Warhol.
Until then, let’s learn a little bit more about the origins of nutcrackers.
Nutcrackers posess a rich history that goes back about 300 years ago in Germany. The carving of nutcrackers developed as a cottage industry in forested rural areas of Germany. They provided a supplemental income during the winter months or when other industries, such as mining, dwindled.
Nutcrackers only became popular in North America about 50 years ago after the Second World War. American and Canadian soldiers stationed in Germany began sending nutcrackers home to loved ones as gifts. Thus began the tradition of collecting nutcrackers in North America.
As well, when Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker Suite (choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov) adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, premiered in St. Petersburg in 1892, the popularity of nutcrackers grew tremendously. The ballet became very popular in the United States and Canada in the early 1950’s and ignited the passion for these fascinating creatures. The strong following of this classic production greatly increased the popularity of collecting nutcrackers in North America.
Here’s a short video that shows a nutcracker being made at a workshop in Seiffen, Germany. There’s no music, or any sounds for that matter, in the video, so try and narrate in your head what you are seeing!
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