"You are amazing. It was such a pleasure having you work with our kids. I wish they had more of that kind of learning."
-Assistant Principal/ Art Director- Noel Community Arts School, Denver, CO.
"Watching Michael push my students imaginations to the limit, and getting them to step out of their comfort zones was a real pleasure. The students loved working and creating with Michael, and they talk about the project frequently for the rest of the year. I would have back Michael in my classroom any time!"
This is from a 5 day residency with 50 minute classes. The students chose a Aztec or Mayan God or Goddess; they then wrote narratives about them (from a question worksheet) made life masks, work on movement and character, acting techniques, body language, and designed and simplified their narratives into a 4 or 5 sentence performance.
AZTEC GODS MASK-MAKING ARTS RESIDENCY
Guest Artist:Michael Gunst
Feedback from students:
This is a representative sample of the most common statements written by students during post-residency reflection time.
1--What did you like best, and why?
I liked decorating the mask because it showed your artistic abilities and what your god represented.
I like the decorating the best because I really like to use my imagination.
I liked designing the masks the best.(many of these statements)
2--What didn't you like, and why?
I didn’t like presenting its scary to do that in front of a lot of people.
I did not like the presentation because I have stage fright.
I didn’t like that we had to do it [make the mask] on our face.
3--What do you think was the most difficult part for you and why?
The most difficult part was presenting because I had the fear I was going to mess up.
The most difficult part was trying to express myself in the circle game.
The most difficult part for me was making the mask on my face because it felt weird.
The most difficult part for me was thinking about how to design my mask.
4--What did you learn that could help your everyday life?
What can help me is to be more creative.
I learned that your motions can express your feelings.
I learned that there could be gods for everything.
I learned about religions and cultures.
RESIDENCY PROGRAM CAN BE INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS. STUDY GUIDES ARE PROVIDED WITH BOOKINGS.