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AU’s Fall for the Arts, Sunday, October 18

By Patty Housman

Fall for the Arts 2015

Have you ever dreamed of unlocking your inner playwright, mastering the fundamentals of color, or taking part in live music recording sessions? If so, you’ll have your opportunity at AU’s fourth annual Fall for the Arts, which will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, October 18, in the Katzen Arts Center.

AU neighbors, students, faculty, and friends are invited to celebrate all afternoon with free courses and workshops in the visual and performing arts. The event features classes at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The day will conclude with a reception in the Katzen Arts Center.

Visit the Fall for the Arts website for registration and up-to-date course information.

 

Course and Workshop Schedule and Descriptions

Session 1: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Mix and Track and on the Fly

Audio Technology Program Faculty Interactive, Performance, Art-as-Process: AU’s audio technology faculty will hold an interactive recording and mixing session featuring a live band in the Kreeger Studio. In the control room, participants will observe and assist in the process of multi-track audio capture, and will have the opportunity to adjust levels for individual instruments, perform pitch correction, add audio effects, and learn to mix on the fly! Everyone is welcome. Those interested in volunteering as backup vocalists and rhythm are welcome to join the performers in the live recording space. Open to all ages.

 

No Fear Shakespeare

Caleen Jennings, Professor Interactive: Participants are cast and stage a Shakespeare scene. During the process of rehearsal, they engage with each other, the circumstances of the play, and the language-in-action-that is Shakespeare’s text. Ages 12+

 

The Soul of the Piano in American Tradition

Jerzy Sapieyevski, Professor A live piano performance and conversation with composer and pianist Jerzy Sapieyevski. Open to all ages.


An Introduction to the Baroque Dance Suite

Nancy Snider, Director, Music Program and Daniel Abraham, Department Chair, Performing Arts  American University Music Program Director and cellist, Nancy Jo Snider and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts and early-music specialist, Daniel Abraham, offer a comprehensive introduction to the Baroque Dance Suite by using the Bach Cello Suites as an example for study, listening, and discussion. The class will be presented in a "lecture/demonstration” format and feature live music examples performed by Prof. Snider, lecture by Prof. Abraham, dialog between the two and with the audience. No prior musical knowledge or experience required. Open to all ages.

 

Instant Dance Making for Every Body

Erin Foreman-Murray, Professorial Lecturer Learn how to make an instant choreography in this workshop designed for everybody and every body. After a fun movement warm-up (no experience necessary!), we’ll work with simple tools and tricks for turning ideas into dances. Come join us in creating and performing a deluge of delicious dances. American University Dance Company members will perform at the end of the workshop, sharing their own fresh from the factory choreographies. Ages 12+

 

Drawing in the Italian Renaissance

Joanne Allen, Professorial Lecturer Ever wondered how a Renaissance masterpiece was created? How did a composition evolve from initial concept to finished work? How was a drawn design converted to a full-scale fresco? This class will introduce the methods and materials of Italian Renaissance drawing. After a short illustrated talk, you will learn the technique of charcoal pouncing and take home your own handmade copy of a favorite work of art. Open to all ages.

 

 

Session 2: 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Mix and Track and on the Fly

Audio Technology Program Faculty  Interactive, Performance, Art-as-Process: AU’s audio technology faculty will hold an interactive recording and mixing session featuring a live band in the Kreeger Studio. In the control room, participants will observe and assist in the process of multi-track audio capture, and will have the opportunity to adjust levels for individual instruments, perform pitch correction, add audio effects, and learn to mix on the fly! Everyone is welcome. Those interested in volunteering as backup vocalists and rhythm are welcome to join the performers in the live recording space. Open to all ages.

 

DeComposing Beethoven

Yaniv Dinur, Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Interactive: The American University Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Yaniv Dinur, take apart Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in attempt to discover the secrets of his music that made him one of the most admired composers of all times. In this interactive session, the audience will be asked to help the conductor and orchestra make musical decisions and overcome the challenges in performing Beethoven’s music. Open to all ages.

 

Unlocking Your Inner Playwright

Carl Menninger, Assistant Professor  Interactive: Engage in a series of exercises and activities designed to help you discover and express a character's point of view. The group will write, create, and perform a short play of thematically connected monologues. Ages 14+

 

Embodied Ritual: A Performance Art Workshop

Sybil Roberts, Professorial Lecturer and Erin Jones-Avni, formerly of AU Hillel What is the intersection of spirit, art and identity? Where do you as an artist stand at this intersection? Is it an integral part of your journey as an artist? If you are interested in performance art, creative writing or movement, come and explore how to use art to create a "Soul Language" that allows you to explore the "divine" or "metaphysical" as defined by your own experience. Participate in the same exploration with others to find common symbols, language, and ideas that speak to what it means to be "spiritual" in the 21st century. This is an interfaith experience. Open to all ages.

 

Fundamentals of Color

Danielle Mysliwiec, Assistant Professor, and Tim Doud, Associate Professor (Note: this course takes place during session two and three) This two hour course will introduce participants to the fundamental attributes of color (hue, value, and chroma) and color perception and illusion. Demonstrations will be performed by faculty and students will have the opportunity to experiment with creating color illusions created with collage. Ages 16+

 

 

Session 3: 3:00-3:45 p.m.

Mix and Track and on the Fly

Audio Technology Program Faculty  Interactive, Performance, Art-as-Process: AU’s audio technology faculty will hold an interactive recording and mixing session featuring a live band in the Kreeger Studio. In the control room, participants will observe and assist in the process of multi-track audio capture, and will have the opportunity to adjust levels for individual instruments, perform pitch correction, add audio effects, and learn to mix on the fly! Everyone is welcome. Those interested in volunteering as backup vocalists and rhythm are welcome to join the performers in the live recording space. Open to all ages.

 

Acting Methods for Public Speaking

Cara Gabriel, Assistant Professor This class will provide participants with a sampling of some basic acting techniques and methods. Participants will then learn, in an interactive workshop, how to apply those basic tenets of acting to their own public speaking, presentations, or teaching. Ages 14+

 

Drawing in the Italian Renaissance

Joanne Allen, Professorial Lecturer Ever wondered how a Renaissance masterpiece was created? How did a composition evolve from initial concept to finished work? How was a drawn design converted to a full-scale fresco? This class will introduce the methods and materials of Italian Renaissance drawing. After a short illustrated talk, you will learn the technique of charcoal pouncing and take home your own handmade copy of a favorite work of art. Open to all ages.

 

Curatorial Practice

Jack Rasmussen Learn how curators connect art with artists and communities and engage communities with relevant, timely, and accessible exhibitions in both traditional and non-traditional venues. Open to all ages.

  

For More Information

Visit http://www.american.edu/cas/FallForTheArts/