Legends and Mythology
WORKSHOP for ENGLISH/HISTORY CLASSES: GRADES 6 - 12
Residency Artist: Cheryl Myrbo

**This workshop material is the copyright of Cheryl Myrbo and may not be copied or used in any form
unless Cheryl Myrbo will be conducting the workshop.


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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Familiarize High School students with legends and myths throughout history from all over the world.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: This residency can be used in Language Arts, History, and Visual Arts classes.

SPACE AND TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Large classroom with tables or desks. Slide projector and screen or LCD and laptop. CD player.

PROGRAM STATUS: Complete, practiced at Chattahoochee High School in January 2005.

SESSIONS: First day: slides 35 minutes, hands-on 20 minutes. Second day entire period spent in hands-on work. Four - five sessions per day. Approximately 25 students per session. $300/day

SAMPLE PROGRAM OUTLINE
Legends and Mythology

The workshop begins with "Three Rings for the Elven Kings," from The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkein. Following a discussion about mythology, the students are led through a series of images representing myths and legends throughout history and the world.



Concluding the slide presentation with examples of illuminated pages--the tradition from the European Middle Ages of decorating manuscripts with gold and colors--the students are given tracing and carbon paper to use while designing their aged pages. (The best way to give the students' ownership of their work is for each student to take home the art paper a few evenings before the workshop with instructions on how to age and "tea stain" the product.) Numerous samples of imagery and lettering is accumulated and presented for the class to work with, but students are encouraged to research designs and draw for themselves. With access to quick, dramatic results from the tracing method, students who are not often given the chance to draw gain immediate confidence in their work and go on to create imaginative, delightful pages.





Student work, Chattahoochee High School, Spring 2005.



Alternative conclusion and art project:

Instead of creating illuminated pages, the students have an option to work in air dry clay to form and paint miniature Greek plates, plaques, or sculpture, ie., amphoras and other shaped vases.





Student unpainted work, Chattahoochee High School, Spring 2005.


PRE and POST-ACTIVITY: Familiarization of myths and legends beforehand.
Exhibition of the work on the walls of the school: art exhibition or mural representing the residency.



Chattahoochee High School, Spring 2005.

**This workshop material is the copyright of Cheryl Myrbo and may not be copied or used in any form
unless Cheryl Myrbo will be conducting the workshop.


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