While most claim to detest the boundaries of a cubicle, it in some ways is an interactive pathway for communication. Water cooler conversation surprisingly brings an office closer together through molded camaraderie and group bonding. However, as an artist or a teaching artist this “water cooler” experience is harder to come by. So, we find that most of the artists improve their practices, if not based upon past experience, then with the aid of Young Audiences staff and lead artists.
Conversely though, nothing beats the empathy of an individual who has experienced those same trials, tribulations and successes in similar manners or by congruent occurrences. The artists’ training held in June was exactly the channel needed to reinvigorate aforementioned ideas and concepts in addition to introducing fresh approaches and perspectives.
The ability to see how other artists present their concepts as a performance or activity with an attached model was a very helpful way to further construct their individual dynamics. This training- not despite- but because of its longer duration remained interesting and self-sustainable due the group talk that remained a consistent component of training. The catered lunch helped as well… There was quite a commotion about some diet breaking cookies and brownies.
More specifically, the discussed models such as the IDEA –Identify, Define, Explore, Assess– and the SCS model –Experience, Understand, Create, Connect– whose ideals parallel one another, cover essential aspects of the process by which children learn. Learning these models and subsequently watching the video evidence displayed through interview style video clips was a great transition into application.
During the second day’s session the progress continued. Artists collaborated on creating a public service announcement. This daunting task ended up reflecting a lot of positive thoughts and creative approaches. What appeared to be difficult became -in actuality- a very achievable task.
“The “brainstorming” sessions let me learn about the connections to emotional, natural and physical trauma to water and how humans are directly connected to these changes in the same ways. Also about the idea of yelling to discipline students and how the body automatically turns down volume to compensate for the loud sounds” – Annette Daniels Taylor.