Thursday was more leprechaun house and fairy home making and Twin Day! We put the final touches on our pieces from our enrichment classes, group classes and orchestra in preparation of our final presentations and concert on Friday.
Come see us perform tomorrow at Memory Square Park at 12:30, and on Saturday at the Louisville Farmer's Market from 10:45 to 11:00 am!
Wednesday was a full day of Celtic music and leprechaun trap-making. We then went to the Memory Square Pool for a relaxing afternoon and brought our crazy hats and sunglasses! We had so much fun!
We were a bit concerned that the thunderstorms in the West would dampen our chance to swim, but the sun prevailed and an exciting and splash-full time was had!
Today, we made Potato candies and learned some Irish step dance! There's even a video below of us showing off our great work if you scroll down far enough!
Instead of a long, info-heavy post, we thought we'd skip right to the most interesting part - the photos and candy recipe!
Check them out below!
A Hundred, Thousand Welcomes!
This is a traditionally Irish saying when meeting and welcoming new people - the Irish are a very generous people!
Welcome to Celtic Crossings! We're so excited to explore the British Isles with you this week. As always, we have pictures from today's adventures below, but first we want to tell you a bit about the Celts, Celtic music, and that part of the world!
The Celtic people first originated 700-800 years BC in a series of tribes spread across what is today mainland Europe and parts of the Middle East. Ancient Greeks and Romans interacted with, fought and wrote about the people we know as Celts, calling them Keltoi or Gaul. While the precise meaning of Keltoi is unknown, it has been suggested that it derived from the Greek word for barbarian, so the Celts weren't always as loved as they are now! Today, Celtic is used to describe many of the people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, with sports mascots even getting the name in honor (or in mockery?) of the culture and the people who live there.
Celtic music, or rather, the music from the British Isles that we will be exploring this week has a few distinct characteristics. Originally, like all music, celtic music was passed down aurally, with teachers performing and guiding their students. Music notation was scarce, if any existed at all, so musicians had to memorize everything they would ever play! We're glad we have music notation these days - aren't you?!
Most of the celtic music that has lasted through the years is dance music, like jigs. Often, this music has repetitions or variations, making it easier for musicians to memorize long pieces without them getting overwhelmed or the audience and dancers getting bored! Certain rhythms happen a lot in celtic music too, like triplets (groups of 3 notes in 1 beat), or the Scotch snap (a syncopated musical rhythm in which a short, accented note is followed by a longer one).
This music is normally played on fiddles, flutes and tin whistles, harps, and a drum called the Bodhran. We'll be learning a bunch of music this week and will be able to tell you all about Celtic music by our performance on Friday!
Stay tuned for more info about the Celts and the music we're learning this week!
What an amazing final day we had! Not only did we finish our scenes, sets, costumes, & videos, but we presented a grande finale for our families and friends. We could not have done any of this without these wonderful campers! Please post and share your favorite pictures! I've also put the video links for the film projects we worked on throughout the week! Thank you all - we can't wait for next year!
Emma, Kelly & Lisa
Video project from our Elvenstar & Elves group, ages 8-12:
Video project from our Little Hobbits Group, ages 4-7:
On day four of our camp, we worked towards polishing our songs, scenes, costumes, & scenery! We beat the heat inside, working on the throne for the Eye of Sauron, dragon wings, a whimsical Bilbo's "Bag End." We are so excited to share our final presentation that includes many hobbits, heroes, heroines, wizards, and lovely work on featuring the lines we have learned, music with movement, and our beautiful art. We are so lucky to have shared the week with these amazing young performing artists this week - thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! Each morning has started with Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which is a social, interactive way to integrate principals of active listening, rhythm, expressive movement, and ensemble skills through music to help us become better musicians, actors, and performers. Kelly has told us a story each day at lunch, which always gets us ready to dig into our scenes and art, and Lisa has been a magical guide through helping our imaginations turn into creations that can set the scene for our final show. We can't wait to see you tomorrow!
On days two and three of our camps, our young Heroes and Heroines have been hard at work making masks from rigid wrap, setting and writing our own scenes.
Our older elves and evenstars learned the technicalities of safe combat scenes, and our little Hobbits learned how not to wake a sleeping dragon with Kelly.
Emma used Dalcrozian games & techniques through music and movement to learn our songs and develop choreography for our final show, and Lisa helped everyone make their scenery come to life!
We are having so much fun this week; we wish it could go on all summer!
Today was the first day of Heroes and Heroines, Ents and Elves, and boy, was it a party!
For this week's blog, we're going to play a little game - Each post's title from comes from one of JRR Tolkein's works! Can you guess the book today?
We began our morning off with Emma learning "In Dreams," and exploring a script for The Hobbit.
Then, we started the first steps of mask making with rigid wrap with Lisa, and filming and editing our first scenes filming with Kelly!
We can't wait to see you in the morning!
Check out some photos from today! Do you see anyone you recognize from last week's camp?
Heroes & Heroines, Ents & Elves
June 25-29, 2018
Into Middle Earth: An exploration of Tolkien's legendarium
through Music, Movement, Art, Theater and Film!
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future!”
Students will create their own legend based on the characters and themes in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. We will explore the ecology of Middle Earth, develop our own awareness through theater and film, and express ourselves through music and movement. We will explore making our own costumes with sewing techniques, set design, painting, story-writing, stage presence, and acting. Students will complete their epic week-long journey with a special interactive performance for their clan (friends and family).
More details here
For our final day of camp, we made t-shirts with puffy paint, reviewed our breathing techniques and postures, and even learned some new poses from our special guest, Galen!
We put on a yoga show-and-tell for our parents and got them to participate in the practice as well!
We're collecting all our favorite pictures from this week and will be posting a very special album!
Stay tuned - next week, we start Heroes and Heroines, Ents and Elves
We can't wait to tell you about all the legendary fun we get up to! Will we see you there? There are a few spots left that you can register for! Visit integralsteps.org/heroes for all the details!