Family Day Workshops

Arts Workshops at Family Day 2013
on U.Va. Arts Grounds

U.Va. faculty and staff members will lead all workshops; workshops are a guaranteed exciting and educational window into the film world.  All Workshops are free, open to the public, and held on U.Va. Arts Grounds on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Peruse the workshop descriptions and see which is fitting for you or your child!

Registration is now closed. Thank you to all of those who applied!

Dreaming in Animation**

Note: This workshop requires a separate application along with the pre-registration. Both must be complete and submitted to be considered for participation.

Have you ever wondering how your favorite 3D-animated movies are made? Want to try your hand at this animation yourself? In this workshop, students will learn about a traditional Aboriginal Australian Dreaming story of the Gurnai/Kurnai language group. Then, partnered with U.Va. animation students in a 1 on 1 mentoring setting, participants will work together to create an animated short that illustrates part of the story. Each participant will contribute his or her own piece of the action. Get creative and bring motions, gestures, and facial expressions to life!

Instructors - Lauren Maupin, Education and Program Coordinator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va; Earl Mark, Associate Professor of Architecture, U.Va School of Architecture; U.Va Animation students
Appropriate for - middle school students interested in animation
Number of participants - 15
Length of workshop - 6 hours with lunch break; lunch provided
Time of workshop - 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pow! Whack! Bam! Sounds like a Fight!**

Become a pro at staging fight scenes for the camera! Trained actors will demonstrate stage and film fight techniques including safety, masking, and timing. Following the demo, participants will create a short silent fight scene and then fill in the sounds for the fight. A range of live and recorded sounds will be available to add sound effects to create fights that are either realistic or silly. Your next film will take conflict to a new level!

Instructor – Colleen Kelly, Associate Professor and Director of M.F.A Acting Program, U.Va. Drama Department
Appropriate for - elementary and middle schools students
Number of participants - 20
Length of workshop - 2 hours
Time of workshop - 10:00 a.m. – noon

Shakespeare at the Movies**

Ever gone to a film or a Shakespeare play and had trouble getting the message? This fun, interactive workshop for adults and youth ages 12 and above will be a group experience of the rhythm, form, and meaning of an entire Shakespeare passage. Repetition, call and response, gibberish, and words in different languages will bring the speech alive and turn participants into Shakespearean actors – for a day at least!

Instructor - Kate Burke, Associate Professor of Voice and Speech, U.Va Drama Department
Appropriate for - middle and high school students and adults; ages 12 and up
Number of participants – 30 max
Length of workshop – 75 minutes
Time of workshop - 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Movement for Camera**

Are you interested in expression through film and moving the body? If yes, join us to view  excerpts of movement in film, discuss how these works impact us as audience members, and create our own original movement and film for the camera. Performance, and filming are all highlights of this workshop. With this professional coaching, you’ll soon find yourself shooting short movement films to be uploaded to Youtube and viewed by many!

Instructor - Kim Brooks Mata, Artistic Director of U.Va. Dance Program along with U.Va Dance for Camera students
Appropriate for – middle and high school students with an interest in movement and film and a willingness to create something original together
Number of participants - 10-14
Length of workshop - 3 hours
Time of workshop - noon – 3:00 p.m.

Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra’s
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

No registration required- just drop by the Helms Theatre from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Family Day!

Films come to life in part through music and sound effects. Meet the instruments of the orchestra one-on-one in the hands-on Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Miniature Mozarts and budding Beethovens will be able to hear, see, touch, and learn how to make sounds on musical instruments. Faculty members and students from the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra will help students explore the instruments of the orchestra.  And don’t miss a special on-stage performance by Orchestra members before the screening of Peter Pan at 10:00 a.m. in the Culbreth Theatre on Family Day.

Appropriate for - all ages, youth to young at heart
Location - Helms Theatre, UV.a. Drama Building
Time of event - noon – 1:30 p.m.

Theatre Games**

Learn to communicate without words to create setting, character, and action – the basic elements of storytelling in both theatre and film! Participants will develop improvisation and performance skills, learn to be responsive to their fellow players, and experience what it is to be an artist. Through play, Theatre Games develops imagination, intuition, and ability to be at ease in unfamiliar situations. Come play with us!

Instructor – Dorothy Smith, Costume Shop Supervisor, U.Va. Drama Department
Appropriate for – ages 9-13
Number of participants – 5-10
Length of workshop - 45 minutes
Time of workshop - 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

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