Arts are Essential

 

 

As New Yorkers continue to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, the arts and culture sectors will play a critical role in the recovery of our schools and communities. Flushing Town Hall Education believes in the power of the arts and culture to process trauma, restore joy and build resiliency.  FTH EDU joins forces with a city-wide effort to advocate for the art and cultural programs. Starting in mid-July through September, multiple FTH master teaching artists will demonstrate why “Arts Are Essential” to them with a short video (1 minute or less) on FTH’s Instagram and Facebook. Complementary activity worksheets and multilingual content will be provided for our global learners of all ages. We invite teachers, students, parents and community members to celebrate the arts and advocate with us on social media.

 

HOW TO WATCH & FOLLOW: 

Videos will be posted on Monday-Friday at 12 PM EDT from July 20 to September 24, and you can find/watch/follow them on INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK

 


 

WEEK 1

 

Day #1 Welcome to the Jungle with Angela Rostick “Arts awaken my imagination!” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. Come join Angela, move in the jungle as if you were a lion, an elephant and more! Check out Angela’s post-video worksheet here: https://bit.ly/3eJ5ae5  

 

Day #2 Get Your Fingers Ready with Spica Wobbe “Art warms up our body, our mind and our brain,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Join Spica for a finger exercise in the morning. She learned this finger game and song when she grew up in Taiwan! Check out Spica’s post-video worksheet and English translation here: https://bit.ly/2CGUiQs⁠

 

Day #3 Hugging Colors with Suzanne DeMarco “Art means everything to me,” says FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco. In this clip, Suzanne will show you how to use watercolor paints to mix and create almost every color in the world. Source of music: www.ashamaluevmusic.com⁠ Check out Suzanne’s post-video worksheet here: https://bit.ly/30jTgCu

 

Day #4 Making An Archetype Mask with Karen Oughtred “Arts are essential because they move me,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. Karen shows how to make an archetype mask from white cardstock! Once you create your mask, you can try the complementary activity to enjoy some acting and move your audience! Learn more in this post-video worksheet: https://bit.ly/2CxnDgl

 

Day #5 Learning Cumbia with Martín Vejarano “Arts are essential because they unite us,” says FTH teaching artist Martín Vejarano. In this video, we join Martín and his NYC Gaita Club students, from different parts of the world, for a performance of a traditional Cumbia song “Currura”. Learn about Cumbia instruments in this free post-video worksheet: https://bit.ly/2ZyhERE

 


 

WEEK 2

 

Day #6 - Haiku Dance with Angela Rostick: “Arts help me heal. When I am sad, writing a simple haiku about nature lifts my spirit!” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. The haiku first emerged in Japan during the 17th century. A traditional haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. In this video, Angela choreographed a dance to her haiku entitled “Summer.” Check out the complementary activity to read her poem and learn the dance sequence: https://bit.ly/2WVCJ6y

 

Day #7 - Finger Game with Spica Wobbe: “Art gives us wings of imagination,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Join Spica for another finger game that is popular in Taiwan. Can you guess what animals she turned her fingers into? Check out the complementary worksheet for the answers and the song that Spica sung in the game! View the post-video worksheet here: https://bit.ly/3hx1BcQ

 

Day #8 - Making 3D Art with Suzanne DeMarco: FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco shows you how to turn a stack of colored construction papers into a piece of 3D art. If you don’t have colored papers at home, any old newspapers and magazines will be great and even more fun to play with! Download the free worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/3eXzT7w 

 

Day #9 Learning Intonation with Karen Oughtred: “Art teaches me how to communicate,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred of The Memory Project: Storytelling through visual arts, theater & puppetry Have you noticed that your intonation often makes a difference when you perform and communicate with others? Join Karen to learn different intonations and practice them in your daily life! Are you ready 😄? Are you ready😅 ? Are you ready 😡? Check out the free worksheet to go along with Karen's lesson here: https://bit.ly/2D63ZYW 

 

Day #10 Jam with Martin Vejarano and Play a Puya Song! “Arts are essential because we get to play and jam together,” says FTH teaching artist Martin Vejarano. Today we will join Martín and his NYC GAITA CLUB students again while they perform a traditional Puya song called “Culebra” at Prospect Park NYC! Download the complementary worksheet to make a maraca at home and play with our happy musicians: https://bit.ly/39oRh3E

 


 

WEEK 3

 

Day #11 Dance to the Rhythm of Ribbons and Scarves with Angela Rostick: “Arts celebrate diversity. My curiosity and collaboration with Asian artists in my community open my mind to new ideas,” says FTH teaching artist Angela D. Rostick. Ribbons and scarves can be easily found in Asian dance. While you pay attention to the rhythm of a falling ribbon/scarf, you may find inspiration for your next creative movement! Follow Angela and look for rhythms in your home and your community. See the Day 11 worksheet here: https://bit.ly/2DjflsY

 

Day #12 Finger Puppet Game with Spica Wobbe: “Art gives us feet that allow us to go on an adventure,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. If you have followed us the past two Tuesdays, we think your mind and fingers are ready to join Spica for a finger puppet global tour! Check out the complementary worksheet to prepare for your adventure: https://bit.ly/39GyzEK

 

Day #13 Making Mehndi Gloves with Suzanne DeMarco: Today FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco will show you how to create Mehndi designs on a rubber glove. Mehndi is a form of art drawn on your hands and body using a paste made from powdered leaves of the henna plant. Originating in ancient India as a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun, this custom was based on the idea of “awakening the inner light”. Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/3fbCpXS 

 

Day #14  Practicing Tongue Twisters with Karen Oughtred: “Art encourages me to experiment,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. As a theater artist, Karen practices tongue twisters to warm up her body before performance. Join Karen for this fun exercise and challenge your friends to see who can say them fastest with no mistakes! Check out the complementary worksheet for some of the most popular tongue twisters in the NYC theater community: https://bit.ly/2EzFhBc

 

Day #15 Learning Korean Meditation with Songhee Lee: “Arts make me happy and make me feel free,” says FTH teaching artist Songhee Lee. Today we will join Songhee to practice Korean meditation. While mindfulness meditation is helpful for dancers and musicians to prepare their performance, it can also become our daily practice to enhance concentration and to unleash our full potential. Check out the complementary worksheet to learn the methods: https://bit.ly/33aWOty

 


 

Week 4

 

 

Day #16 Jazz in Daily Activities with Angela Rostick: “Arts are in my daily activities, just cleaning the house is a bridge to creativity,” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. Grab your mop and broom from home and try the Jazz movement with Angela! Check out the complementary worksheet for the dance sequence. You can further challenge yourself to dance with your family members, or create a new move from another daily activity. See the worksheet here: https://bit.ly/2PuPaSS 

 

Day #17 Make a Hand Puppet with Spica Wobbe: “Art is the spokesperson of our emotions,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Today Spica will show you how to make a hand puppet and bring it to life with simple acting and stage setting! Check out the complementary worksheet and use it as a guide to kick-off your show! https://bit.ly/3kigj9N 

 

Day #18 Making Paper Ceramic Tiles with Suzanne DeMarco: Time to think and create like an artist! Let’s join FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco to turn paper squares into beautiful ceramic tiles. You can make your own design for the tiles and use your master pieces to decorate your room! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/2C2y5MT (Source of music: www.bensound.com

 

Day #19  Paper Bag Mask Performance with Karen Oughtred: “Art demonstrates how I feel,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. Using simple recycled materials like a brown paper bag, you can create a theater mask for a solo performance. Draw your emotion on the mask and articulate your feelings with your body! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions to present your mask performance: https://bit.ly/31nuyS0 

 

Day #20 Learning Korean Sogo Dance with Songhee Lee: FTH teaching artist Songhee Lee is a master Korean folk dancer and choreographer. Today we will join her to learn Sogo Chum (a small drum dance) that was developed in Korean people’s daily life and often played to lift the spirits of farmers during their farming or during a Korean holiday. Check out the complementary worksheet to learn more about the dance in English and Korean: https://bit.ly/3kcFzhA 

 

 

WEEK 5 

 

Day #21 Create a Pop Up Surprise with Angela Rostick: “Arts are surprising. I am deeply touched when my students draw pictures for me on my birthday, and surprise me with a joyful song and dance. I too like to surprise my students!” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. Check out today’s video to see what kind of surprises and fun she has for you! Try out the clown activity in the complementary worksheet: https://bit.ly/2PS9L3Q

 

Day #22 Shadow Hunting with Spica Wobbe: “Art is the shadow that accompanies our lives everywhere,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Today Spica will demonstrate the beauty of shadows in our daily lives. You will also learn how to turn object shadows into a unique shadow world for your shadow puppet. Check out the complementary worksheet to open the magical world! https://bit.ly/3iD4Ks1

 

Day #23 Create Your Paper Bag Communities with Suzanne DeMarc:; Now as many of us are staying safely at home, we might have more deliveries of paper and cardboard boxes which means lots of recycled materials that can be turned into art! Let’s join FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco to create a paper bag community. See how many funny characters you can create with Suzanne! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/30SM3dM Source of music: www.bensound.com

 

Day #24 Transform an Everyday Object with Karen Oughtred: “Arts are essential because they allow me to use my imagination to transform,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. In today’s exercise, you will find an everyday object in your home, look at its shape and size, feel its weight and imagine what else it could be! Turn the object into as many things as possible! Check out the complementary worksheet for both individual and group activities to enjoy: https://bit.ly/3gPYWLk

 

Day #25 Learning Korean Sogo Dance with Songhee Lee:  Welcome to the second week of Sogo Chum (a small drum dance) demonstration with FTH teaching artist Songhee Lee. Today she is dancing to a rhythm named Semachi (세마치). If you want to dance with her but don’t have a Korean Sogo, you can simply DIY with paper plates and chopsticks at home. Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/2XYqFSR 

 


 

WEEK 6

 

Day #26 Dance Along Your Pathway with Angela Rostick “Arts keep me focused. When I am focused, I am confident that I can achieve my goal,” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. While we are confronting more and more uncertainties in our daily life, it’s important to set up small goals and create our own pathway to enjoy. Today let’s join Angela to craft some danceable milestones! Stay focused and keep moving! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/2QeY8nq

 

Day #27 Talking Puppet Making with Spica Wobbe “Art is our microphone. It allows our voice to be heard,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Remember two weeks ago FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco showed you how to tailor design your gloves with Mehndi? Today Spica will guide you to turn your gloves into talking puppets! Create your talking puppet family and think of more creative ways to use your gloves! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/34knJUA

 

Day #28 Rose Painting with Suzanne DeMarco Do you know that different rose colors carry different meanings? Red means passion, white means purity, yellow means platonic friendship… Today we will join FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco to paint a variety of colorful roses with watercolor. Paint as many as you can to build a rose garden! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/3aQ5JCI

 

Day #29 Pop-Up Book Making with Karen Oughtred “Art reflects the times,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. Living through this difficult time, is there a word that resonates most with you that you want to share with others? In this video, you will learn how to incorporate your word into a pop-up book and deliver your message to your audience with surprise. We hope Karen’s pop-up message will give you faith and make your smile! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/3gfoqAS

 

Day #30 Learning Modeum Buk with Songhee Lee Today FTH teaching artist Songhee Lee will introduce the exciting and easy-to-follow Modeum Buk (Assorted Drum Dance) and play a traditional rhythm named Jajin-mori. It is a dance played with two drums, holding two sticks with both hands. You don’t need the Korean drums to enjoy the music, use your hands as your sticks and play along with Songhee! Check out the complementary worksheet to learn more about Modeum Buk in Korean and English: https://bit.ly/3aJbIJi

 

 


 

WEEK 7

 

 

 

Day #31 Stretch Warm-up with Angela Rostick “Arts give me strength, they support my mental and physical health,” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. Let’s follow Angela to stretch your body and kick start your week! Do you know any other warm-up exercises that are useful to support mental and physical health? Please share with us and your friends and family! Check out the complementary worksheet for Angela’s warm-up exercise: https://bit.ly/3jh60Bs

 

Day #32 Paper Lab with Spica Wobbe “Art is the common language of the world,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Once again Spica amazes us with an imaginative world that is made out of simple material as a piece of paper. Join Spica’s paper lab to feel, listen to and manipulate papers and turn them into a dance performance! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/3luIx1x

 

Day #33 Clay Pinch Pots Making with Suzanne DeMarco Many ancient cultures use pinch pots as a necessity to hold food and water. Pinch pots were originally called “thumb pots” because your thumb is used to not only press down a hole in the clay but also pinch the sides of the clay.  Today we will join FTH teaching artist Suzanne Demarco to make a clay pinch pot with a funny face! Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions: https://bit.ly/3bbU6pJ

Source of music: www.ashamaluevmusic.com 

 

Day #34 Pop-Up Book Poem with Karen Oughtred “Art makes connections,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. Did you join Karen last Thursday to create your pop-up book with letters? Today you will use your mini pop-up book to inspire an acrostic poem. You will use the pop-up letter on each page to spell out a word or phrase, and create lines of your poem. Visit our #artsareessential webpage if you missed Karen’s video about pop-up book making! 

Also don’t forget to check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions about creating your acrostic poem: https://bit.ly/3gzsA6B

 

Day #35 Learning Modeum Buks with Songhee Lee Today FTH teaching artist Songhee Lee will demonstrate another easy-to-follow Modeum Buk (Assorted Drum Dance) rhythm. You can try to find paper boxes or plastic buckets at home to play the rhythm with Songhee. Don’t miss the chance to explore more traditional Korean drums with the complementary worksheet! Read the sheet here: https://bit.ly/32xHuWa


Week 8

Day #36 Revolving Props with Angela Rostick

“Art is my discovery,” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. Today we will join Angela to discover imaginary props at home. An umbrella can become your fencing weapon. A cane can be used as an air-guitar for you to sing like a Rock star! 

Check out the complementary worksheet to make a lollipop prop for a peek-a-book dance! https://bit.ly/353Y6ra

Day #37 Paper Play with Spica Wobbe

“Art is a magician that can make things out of nothing,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. How many different ways can you turn a 2D piece of paper into a 3D object? How can you use these 3D paper sculptures as props and create a story circle with your family members? 

You can follow Spica’s video this week and check out the complementary worksheet for all the answers and lots of inspirations! Read here: https://bit.ly/32S8xf2

Day #38 Selfie Drawing with Letters by Suzanne DeMarco

Look at yourself closely in the mirror, can you see how your face is composed of various shapes, or maybe various English letters? Today FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco will show you how to draw a selfie with English letters. You can further challenge yourself to draw something else with the same method!

Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions. https://bit.ly/3lVQ4XJ

Day #39 Make a Pop-Up Book Pocket with Karen Oughtred

“Art energizes my imagination,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. Today you will learn a new technique to energize your pop-up book by adding mini pockets onto each page.These pockets can hold images and visual hints for you to tell your story vividly! 

Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions. https://bit.ly/3btdQ8C

Day #40 Exploring Korean Traditional Dance with Songhee Lee

This week and next FTH teaching artist Songhee Lee will guide us to explore Korean traditional dance (한국 전통 무용) through a few basic movements. Enjoy the beautiful rhythm and follow Songhee to practice three different arm movements: wrapping around the waist, flipping the hands and wrapping around the head.  

Read the worksheet in both Korean and English to learn about their differences! https://bit.ly/31Ubv3a 

 

 

Week 9

Day #41 Incorporate Your Arts in Your Moves with Angela Rostick

“Creativity cannot be cancelled. It’s my passport to express myself,” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. What is your passport as an artistic citizen? Poetry? Visual art? Music? Join Angela today to incorporate your arts in the moves to express yourself and share with others!

Check out the complementary worksheet to learn about Angela’s experiment! https://bit.ly/2Fc2ryj

Day #42 Shape Puppet with Spica Wobbe

“Art is a kaleidoscope that helps us to look at things from different angles,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Have you ever seen the fascinating shapes in the artworks or sculptures by Joan Miró or Alexander Calder? What do their shapes remind you of? What could those shapes be if they were alive? Join Spica today to draw some funny shapes and create your shape puppet theater!

Check out the complementary worksheet to play with Spica. https://bit.ly/33nS4iC

Day #43 Making Tissue Paper Flowers with Suzanne DeMarco

In today’s one-minute art lesson, FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco will show us how to create a flower bouquet with tissue paper - based on any design that you would like! Look at items around your home to get some ideas. You can also create an animal like a cat or dog or even a fish!

Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions.https://bit.ly/2DSdOe3

Source of music: www.ashamaluevmusic.com 

Day #44 Creating Tableaux with Karen Oughtred

“Through art we experience humanity,” says FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred. Today let’s join Karen to use our pop-up book with the acrostic poem to create tableaux! Tableau is a theater term which means holding a position in a FREEZE. To create the best tableau, make your facial expression and body gesture large like Karen’s!

Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions. https://bit.ly/35rZ00V

Visit our #artsareessential webpage for more videos about pop-up book making by Karen. 

Day #45 Exploring Korean Traditional Dance with Songhee Lee

Today FTH teaching artist Songhee Lee will show you how to do the basic foot movements (발의 동작) in Korean traditional dance  (한국 전통 무용). This video will culminate Songhee’s 7-week series about Korean traditional music and dance, we hope you enjoy all of the videos and activities!  Here is a message from Songhee, “You can do Korean dance anywhere without any preparation and it is also good for your health (아무 준비 없이 어디서나 할 수 있으며 건강에도 도움이 됩니다).”  

Read the worksheet in both Korean and English to learn about the movement. https://bit.ly/3bNEhpD 


Week 10

Day #46 Stilts Making with Angela Rostick

“Arts make me brave,” says FTH teaching artist Angela Rostick. Can’t believe it’s been ten weeks since FTH EDU launched this #ArtsAreEssential series in July. In this last week of videos, you will enjoy a fun spacewalk with Angela using your DIY stilts! Check out the worksheet to learn how to make your stilts at home with coffee cans! https://bit.ly/2RDWfl7

Day #47 Paper Sculpting with Spica Wobbe

“Art brings our imagination to life,” says FTH teaching artist Spica Wobbe. Over the past nine weeks, Spica has demonstrated different ways to create puppets at home, using our own body and simple household materials. Today, she will draw our attention to a very simple material - paper, and show us how to create paper sculptures and newspaper puppets.

Ready to play? Check out the complementary worksheet to play with Spica. https://bit.ly/3cfvsVU  

Day #48 I Robot Drawing with Suzanne DeMarco

“Wouldn't it be cool if you could take your drawing and make it look like it was a futuristic robot?!” In this 10th create-like-an-artist exercise, FTH teaching artist Suzanne DeMarco will share how to draw on tin foil and create a futuristic selfie!

Check out the complementary worksheet for detailed instructions. Have fun and you may want to create a robot family with the same technique! https://bit.ly/2ZPrmPa

Source of music: www.ashamaluevmusic.com

Day #49 Simile and Metaphor Poem with Karen Oughtred

Today FTH teaching artist Karen Oughtred invites you all to see, hear, smell, touch and feel freely, and create a simile and metaphor poem inspired by your everyday life. “Art is essential,” says Karen, “because art finds beauty everyday.”

Check out the complementary worksheet to enjoy Karen’s poetic activity. https://bit.ly/2FLUHD5

Day #50 Hats Off to Our Global Arts Educators and Advocators!

This is the last day of our 10-week-long #ArtsAreEssential series, we hope you enjoy this uplifting journey and all the arts experiments and cultural explorations. A big shout-out to all participating master teaching artists Karen Oughtred, Suzanne DeMarco, Spica Wobbe, Angela D. Rostick Martin Vejarano Song Hee Lee for enthusiastically advocating for arts and arts education with us this summer! Together, this campaign has reached over 18,000 audiences on Facebook with more than 6000 views, demonstrating the power of arts, and the resiliency, courage and creativity that we embrace in this unprecedented time.

If you miss any prior episodes, you can still catch up on all the 49 episodes! See you online again this fall! Stay tuned with us for the new season of arts education programs at FTH!

 


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