A very different colour wheel…

March 14, 2012

A very different colour wheel…

We’ve done lots of painting workshops……and still my grasp on the primary and secondary colours is questionable! I reckon I am not alone in that, so instead of filling in another colour wheel, we found another way of helping to develop awareness of colour and at the same time experience another art form- dance! With the ever fantastic facilitator and choreographer Mark Rogers we created a dance workshop based around the primary colours. We are lucky enough to have access to a studio, technicians, coloured lights and a sprung wooden floor for dance, but these workshops could be replicated in any PE or large hall, with just some coloured material, a CD player and some simple exercise techniques for building up a short movement piece. If you are interested in replicating some of the ideas in the workshop please drop me a mail (sarah@draiocht.ie) and I can forward you a more comprehensive outline of the workshop.…

 

We used a couple of meters of lining material in the primary and secondary colours (we also used a few extra colours for group work-depends on the size of the group) for these workshops.

 

Mark works by encouraging the students to 'get their thinking caps on' to create or devise their own dance piece in groups and then each group performs in front of their follow students. The ‘audience’ discusses what they liked and what they thought the performers where trying to portray and why.

 

So, to get going, after introducing ourselves and warming up as one large group, we had a bit of chat about the primary colours, what are these colours? Why are they important, what do they do? The answers to these questions fed directly into the creation of their dance piece…

 

We talked about what kind of feelings or images the particular colours gave us…. what does RED make you think about, what does it remind you of? Fire! Strawberries! Stop signs! Anger! The group decided which element they wanted to use and then created an action/movement to represent each primary colours.

So Red= Stop = both hands out- stretched, with palms up.

Yellow=the Sun= both arms stretching out like the rays of the sun rising.

Blue= the Sea= swimming movement with arms.

 

We did exercises to help recognise the beat in a piece of music, to become more aware of our body’s movement to music....

 

 

....and experimented with how the material moves...

 

 

Some students really got into it....before the group were split into smaller groups...

 

Each of the smaller groups then got to work creating their own movement pieces for the secondary colours… and incorporating a sheet of colour into their movement piece. These group exercises gave the opportunity for plenty of discussion, a lesson in democracy, leadership...  

 

and experimentation! 

 

All the ideas and dance moves where put together and there was time for a quick practice before the house lights went down and each group performed their devised movement piece with the aid of coloured lights and music. They looked great and we had lot of positive feedback from participants and teachers, and I’m sure that all the students will now remember all the primary and secondary colours ... for a while, at least!

 

Next in the Focus On...Series we will concentrate on Landscapes and Urbanscapes. Find out more here.

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