Ask Artists is a new inquiry-based learning program for teachers and students. Each episode is an in-depth and intimate journey with a Saskatchewan artist. Artists share candid moments and show students that artists are real people with skills, successes, failures and dreams.
Each artist also provides instruction on a project inspired by the Grades 5 to 9 Arts Education Goals and Summarized Outcomes from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.
On top of providing students with artistic skills ranging from storytelling to vocal performance, artists cover a variety of social topics such as racism, personal identity, embracing failure and breaking stereotypes. All artists live and work in Saskatchewan and are filmed at venues around Saskatoon.
Ask Artists Episode 1: "On Air" Radio Play (Part 1: Meet The Artists) - Grahame Kent & Danielle Roy
Getting to know Grahame and Danielle and their art practice. Danielle Roy is an actor, playwright, and founder of Gum Shoe productions (a theatre company in Martensville, Saskatchewan). Grahame Kent is the Artistic Producer of Buttered Ghost Theatre; he is a producer, director, writer, actor, sta...
Ask Artists Episode 1: "On Air" Radio Play (Part 2: About Radio Theatre) - Grahame Kent & Danielle Roy
Anyone can tell a story, and anyone can write a story. Students will be introduced to terminology and various exercises and games as they prepare to write their own play. Students will break down a story into a “story spine”, experiment with writing using prompts, play games to get their creative...
Ask Artists Episode 1: "On Air" Radio Play (Part 3: Making A Radio Play) - Grahame Kent & Danielle Roy
Grahame and Danielle introduce students to a variety of games and exercises as they go deep into exploring and discovering the characters in the stories they developed in Part 2. Students will also get creative with sound effects as they experiment with objects to capture the sounds they want to ...
Ask Artists Episode 1: "On Air" Radio Play (Part 4: Performance of “The Lagoon Monster”) - Grahame Kent & Danielle Roy
Grahame and Danielle perform their radio play, The Lagoon Monster, which takes place in Nowhere, Saskatchewan. In their performance, they show how they get into the roles of the various characters and demonstrate the process involved in working sound effects into the presentation. This video ends...
Ask Artists Episode 2: “I Am” Puppetry (Part 1: Meet The Artist) - Crispi Lord
Meet Saskatoon artist Crispi Lord. Crispi is a puppeteer and runs a small theatre company, Wide Open Children’s Theatre. We are introduced to Crispi’s passion for puppetry and storytelling through the many characters she works with. Crispi introduces us to various methodologies in telling a story...
Ask Artists Episode 2: “I Am” Puppetry (Part 2: Making Puppets) - Crispi Lord
We are introduced to a few examples of puppets (table-top, hand puppets, and rod puppets) Crispi has in her studio and how each functions slightly differently. Students will learn how to make self-portrait masks in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional puppets, using inexpensive and recycled...
Ask Artists Episode 2: “I Am” Puppetry (Part 3: All About Puppet Shows) - Crispi Lord
Students are introduced to shadow puppetry. Crispi discusses possible ways to play with staging and lighting, as well as simple techniques to make your own shadow puppets using self-portraits. Students will learn how to create props and puppets from basic materials, such as found objects, hand-ma...
Ask Artists Episode 2: “I Am” Puppetry (Part 4: Putting on a Puppet Show) - Crispi Lord
Crispi introduces us to ways to get started: determining who the characters are, place, conflict/plot, etc. Crispi considers things you should be mindful of when preparing to present your story for an audience, such as performing techniques and accessories, including lighting, sound, backdrop, et...
Ask Artists Episode 4: “Speak Up” Spoken Word (Part 1: Meet The Artist) - Peace Akintade
Meet interdisciplinary artist Peace Akintade, Saskatchewan’s Youth Poet Laureate for 2020-21. Peace talks about her practice and discusses where she draws inspiration from. This includes music, observing interactions amongst people, and personal experiences as a young black immigrant and refugee ...
Ask Artists Episode 4: “Speak Up” Spoken Word (Part 2: Writing with Peace) - Peace Akintade
Students will use their senses, draw upon imagery, and explore ways to create their own, personalized poems. Peace will introduce students to four different techniques/exercises to experiment with as they explore creating images with words.
Ask Artists Episode 4: “Speak Up” Spoken Word (Part 3: Performing with Peace) - Peace Akintade
Peace presents two of her poems and shares techniques that will help students get grounded as they prepare to present their poems to an audience.
Ask Artists Episode 4: “Speak Up” Spoken Word (Part 4: Perspective with Peace) - Peace Akintade
Peace takes students on an inspirational journey of her own growth and different opportunities that helped her realize who she is and what she likes. She provides insight to fears she had when she was starting out and reminds students that they continue to grow with new opportunities as they are ...
Ask Artists Episode 5: “Out Loud” Songwriting (Part 1: Meet The Artist) - Lancelot Knight
Meet the Artist. Lancelot introduces students to his journey on how he came to be a musician and the various projects and work he engages in.
Ask Artists Episode 5: “Out Loud” Songwriting (Part 2: About Songwriting) - Lancelot Knight
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of songwriting by breaking down the parts that make up a song. Lancelot also discusses considerations involved in the writing process including the theme, melody, finding the right words, use of syllables, and rhyming.
Ask Artists Episode 5: “Out Loud” Songwriting (Part 3: Writing a Song) - Lancelot Knight
Lancelot guides students through the process of writing their own song to a melody he composed. Students will explore metaphor and rhyme as they create two verses and one chorus to their own thematic song.
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