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An art and design project for schools

 

Type For In Time Topics Dates Available to Ages Booking
INSET Teachers Cochrane Theatre 2hrs Design
Art
Music
Theatre
Exhibition
Myths
Legends
Jan - Mar 2011 London Schools KS2
KS3
Places still available
Tour Class-sized groups Central St. Martin's Design Studio 1/2 day (same day as below)
Performance Class-sized groups Cochrane Theatre 1/2 day (same day as above)
Workshop Class-sized gropus School 4x2hrs
Performance Class sized groups+parents Dream Space, Pooles park School 1/2 day

Project Outline

A five-step Art and Design project for primary schools (30 children each) based on Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Wagner’s mythic world, similar in so many ways to Tolkein’s world of The Lord of the Rings, is a musical treasure box filled with fantastic giants, dragons, women warriors, magic swords and of course, a ‘precious’ ring. Design possibilities for children include an underwater scene, a dragon’s lair, a castle, a rainbow, a mystic tree, a flood etc

Having been to visit the design studios at Central St. Martins and seen a 1hr version of The Ring at the theatre, children will undertake a design project, over half a term, to re-design one of the scenes they saw at the theatre (The Rhein, The Dragon’s Lair, The Flaming Rock and The Forest) for a re-staging with professional singers at the newly created magical Dream Space; a hall at Pooles Park Primary School.

Step 1:

INSET
4.30pm Thursday 13th January 2011 @ Cochrane Theatre

INSET for teachers at the Cochrane Theatre.
Cochrane Theatre
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AP
By Tube: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Line)
By Bus: 159, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 243, 521, X68)

Step 2:

Design it!
10.30am. 18th – 21st Jan @ Central St. Martin’s College of Art

Children spend the morning visiting the design studios at Central St. Martins Design studios (Back Hill site) for a practical intro to set, prop and costume design, set modelling, costume drawing, prop making led by CSM graduate and undergraduate mentors. The children stay on site to eat their packed lunches before walking (10 mins) to the Cochrane Theatre for Step 3 of the project.

Central St. Martins (Back Hill site)
10 Back Hill,
Clerkenwell,
London, EC1R 5LQ
By Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle line)
By Bus: 17, 45, 46, 63

Hamlet 2008

Don Giovanni 2009

Dream 2010

Step 3:

Theatre Trip
1.30pm – 2.45pm. 18th – 21st Jan @ Cochrane Theatre

Children attend one-hour musical, ‘promenade’ performance of The Ring based on Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelungen at the Cochrane Theatre alongside 4 EPOC singers and 9 designers. The promenade performances will feature 9 different scenes in 9 different locations around the theatre including the orchestra pit, the car park, the theatre and the workshop.

Cochrane Theatre
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AP
By Tube: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Line)
By Bus: 159,68,91,168,171,188,243,521,X68)

Step 4:

Workshops in Schools
24th Jan- 18th Feb 2010. 4 x Weekly 2hr workshops in individual schools

Half-day, in-school workshops with EPOC workshop leaders and students from Central St. Martins College of Art to design one whole scene for a restaging of the Ring at Pooles Park School. There are 4 scenes to be designed by school students:

  • The Rhein - an underwater scene with Rheinmaidens and the evil Alberich;
  • The Dragon’s Lair – a cave where Siegfried kills the dragon (Fafner) and takes the ring;
  • The Flaming Rock – where Brunnhilde waits to be rescued by Siegfried; and
  • The Forest – a wooded scene where Hagen kills Siegrfried.

A transformation of a school hall …

… to this (Dream Exhibition 2010).

Step 5: The Ring – re-staged

Tues 1st March – Fri 4th March @ Pooles Park Primary School

Trip to the re-staging of The Ring at Pooles Park with the professional singers. This will be a promenade performance featuring the scenes that the children have designed (The Rhein, The Dragon’s Lair, The Flaming Rock and The Forest).

Pooles Park Primary School
Lennox Road
Finsbury Park
N4 3NW
Tel 020 7272 2655
By Tube: Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria line)

 

For more information please call Mark or Aneta at the office 020 7281 4015 or write to us at office@epoc.co

See more of the previous year’s projects at History/2010/Dream