Monthly Archives: July 2016

ICAD Day 61: Peacock Feather

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ICAD Day 61: Peacock Feather

Inspired by a painting by Vicky Ink.

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Today is the last day of the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month. For 61 days (okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I missed six days) I created a little piece of art  just big enough to fit on an index card. It was a stretch for me, and some pieces were a lot less successful than the others, but 55 little artworks in the space of two months is a lifetime record for me. Fun, and challenging, to be sure–and it proved to me that I can acquire a new skill, even at my advanced age.

Search for the hashtags #icad2016 and #WorldWatercolorMonth on social media if you would like so see what other participants are doing.

From the Creator’s Heart #57

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All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded… (Exodus 35:10 NIV)

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Another Snippet of The Unicornologist, Chapter 11

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Another Snippet of The Unicornologist, Chapter 11

It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

Today’s excerpt comes on the heels of last week’s. Hillary took Robin and Allie deep into the forest to see the unicorn. Robin saw him, but Allie didn’t–and, thinking that Hillary and Robin are pranking her, she storms off in a huff.

While munching cookies (the dessert of their picnic lunch), Robin asks Hillary what she’s learned from her research about unicorns. She reminds him of the Unicorn Tapestries they saw on their field trip to The Cloisters, and she tells him the medieval allegory the tapestries illustrate (actually, in this 10-sentence excerpt, you only get a small portion of the allegory).

“The story is called The Hunt of the Unicorn as an Allegory of the Passion. Do you remember the tapestry with the fountain? It’s called The Unicorn is Found. A stream flows out of the fountain, and the unicorn sticks his horn into the stream. The hunters see this, and instead of catching the unicorn right then, they stop and watch. Other animals are waiting and watching, too.”

“Why? What’s happening?”

“People believed serpents released their venom into streams, and any animal or person who drank it would die. The unicorn purified the water with his horn. That made it safe to drink again,” said Hillary.

This is the tapestry the passage describes:

2. The Unicorn is Found

I know it’s short (the limit is ten sentences), but what do you think of this small excerpt from Chapter 11? Any suggestions on how I can make it better? Please leave your comments below.

P.S. If you’d like to read the entire allegory of the unicorn, click here.

ICAD Day 60: String 210

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ICAD Day 60: String 210

Zentangle and watercolor. Patterns: Lacy, Bamboo, Hollibaugh, Emilie, Heartline, Puff-O, Pollen, DotnDash, and Flutter.DSC02735

I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month. For the rest of July, I intend to paint a little watercolor every day, just big enough to fit on an index card. Search for the hashtags #icad2016 and #WorldWatercolorMonth on social media if you would like so see what other participants are doing.

The Genius of Carl Orff

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The Genius of Carl Orff

Carl Orff (born July 10, 1895; died March 29, 1982), the prolific German composer, is perhaps most famous for his secular oratorio Carmina Burana, based on medieval poetry. Listen to the opening chorus, O Fortuna:

If you’re an elementary general music teacher, you’re probably familiar with, and possibly using, his Schulwerk, the process he devised for teaching music.

The music he composed for Schulwerk uses layered repeated patterns that make it possible for even young children to play parts in ensembles.

From 1924-1943, Orff served as the music director for the Güntherschule, a training school for dancers and gymnastics teachers which he cofounded with Dorothee Gunther. His goal was to help dancers become more musical in their movement. After the school dissolved during World War II, he began synthesizing his technique as a way of teaching music to children.

Orff Schulwerk employs a combination of improvisation, ostinati (repeated rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic patterns), speech, rhythm, play, singing, movement, and use of instruments such as recorders, xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, drums, and other percussion. It is used in music training from preschool through junior high and beyond, and in music education programs in colleges and universities world-wide.

Four well-known quotes from Carl Orff help illustrate the ideals at the heart of Orff Schulwerk.

Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.–Carl Orff

Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child’s play.–Carl Orff

Elemental Music is never just music. It’s bound up with movement, dance and speech, and so it is a form of music in which one must participate, in which one is involved not as a listener but as a co-performer.–Carl Orff

Experience first, then intellectualize.–Carl Orff

In  Schulwerk, students learn musical principles by first making music, then generalizing what they’ve experienced over time. It is guided discovery.

Listen how simple musical motifs are layered to create a complex piece. This approach lends itself beautifully to student composition. Dance is also a part of the full performance.

Variations on Hot Cross Buns:

Here are some older children performing at an Orff Schulwerk convention:

Though he passed away more than forty-four years ago, Carl Orff’s legacy lives on through his own compositions and through the millions of musicians who learned how to play, improvise, and compose as a result of the process he founded.

 

ICAD Day 59: Hopscotch Underwater

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ICAD Day 59: Hopscotch Underwater

Zentangle pattern Hopscotch with watercolor.DSC02713

I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month. For the rest of July, I intend to paint a little watercolor every day, just big enough to fit on an index card. Search for the hashtags #icad2016 and #WorldWatercolorMonth on social media if you would like so see what other participants are doing.

In the Meme Time: Tap into Your Creativity

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In the Meme Time: Tap into Your Creativity

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