I’ve blogged about my discovery of the Ted Talks website some time ago now and I’ve been meaning to share with you some of my favourite talks that focus on The Arts. There are some really insightful talks that get you to really connect with the Arts in a way that you may not have before or that you may not have indulged in for a time because I think we get too caught up in our day to day school lives to really think about these sorts of things.
I ask you to indulge in at least one of these that takes your interest. Choose any one which sounds interesting.
Trust me, you will feel better about what you do once you watch it.
Consider it your 20 minutes of free professional development/reflection that you may not have had in a while. Enjoy.
1. Chris Bliss: Comedy is Translation
If you teach Comedy or enjoy comedy this talk is all about the truth that can be found in comedy.
2. Charles Hazelwood: Trusting the Ensemble
Hazelwood discusses the role of trust when leading an ensemble. I think some of the ideas are translatable to other areas of the Arts.
3. Handspring Puppet Co: The Genius Puppetry Behind War Horse
The creators of Joey in War Horse share the complexities of bringing the puppets to life on stage.
4. Charles Limb: Your Brain on Improv
This is my favourite. Limb explains what happens when you improvise when playing music. I also think this is relevant in Drama.
5. Ben Cameron: The True Power of the Performing Arts
Cameron discusses how the Performing Arts must compete in an Internet age.
6. Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change
Golden discusses the meaning of Art and how can it redefine culture.
7. Amy Tan: Where Does Creativity Hide?
Tan analyses her own creative processes to see where it starts and flourishes.
8. David Eggers’ Wish: Once Upon a School
If you’re looking for something that’s pro-public school and teachers. This is it 🙂
9. Anna Deavere Smith: Four American Characters
A great soloist performing some interesting characters. A possible source for Individual Project: Performance.