If there was one thing that reading Truth in Comedy did for me, it was that it cemented my understanding of improvisation as a serious art. Having had friends who were very involved in improvisation throughout high school and college, I had come to appreciate it as a skill that really took time and energy to develop and master. Reading this book definitely helped me clear up some minor misconceptions about the art of improvisation, and also made me see it from different perspectives. It is so obvious to think about now, but we really do improvise every day. All of our interactions are built right on the spot, and but it still made me realize how much more difficult the art of improvisation is. As an improviser, you have to be creative and generous. One of the biggest things I learned from reading this book was that a truly funny scene is one of generosity – of trying to make the other person (and his/her ideas) look as good as possible. I definitely agreed that real humor does not come from sacrificing the reality of a moment in order to crack a cheap joke, but instead in finding the joke in the reality of the moment. I am not entirely sure if I disagree with this but I was not sold on the statement that the only way to do a comedy scene is to play it completely straight. I do agree that it is hilarious when actors are completely devoted to their role even when the premise is absolutely ridiculous, however I have found it equally hilarious when actors, most notably those of Saturday Night Live, break their character to laugh, which garners a bunch of laughs. I completely agreed that the most effective laughs come from an actor making a connection to something that has gone on before. Making a connection generates energy for that scene, and these strong connections raise a scene to a level in which it could never have been reached by telling jokes. Many of the games that were referred to in Truth in Comedy were games that we have played in class previously. “Yes &…” is a great game for the principle of agreement and there are an unlimited number of scenic possibilities in this way. This mentality completely holds true in real life. It makes a conversation so much more interesting when you bring in new bits of information, rather than giving one-word answers. No one likes talking to those people who give one-word answers. The Ad Game was also used in class before, and I think it really did a great job of getting everyone in our class on the same page to embrace each other’s ideas and suggestions. I have also seen Cheap Sox perform a “Conducted Story” in their shows and that is definitely much harder to do. The book pointed out that exercises like this one are much easier to do when you know the players very well. This exercise is all about listening and being “in the moment.” I think this relates well to life in that sometimes, you cannot foretell what is going to happen. All that you can do is listen and work with what you have. For certain situations, if you expect something, you might just end up disappointed and in a worse situation than you could have been. Likewise, in the “Conducted Story,” one has to start off with a blank slate in their mind and add all of the pieces that the other performers are narrating before contributing one’s own. I never realized how important a good initiation was to a scene. A good initiation provides the improvisers with information that forms the foundation of their scene, and with the ‘yes &…” mentality, everyone can build and elaborate on each other. I liked the…
Why the Arts are so Important
Before we can talk about why they are important, I think that we must also talk about what exactly are the “arts”. Arts can be described as dance, music, painting, ceramics, photography, theater etc. It is not just the traditional art that most people think of, such as painting, ceramics and drawing.
According to the article “Why Arts Education is Crucial, and Who’s Doing it Best”, art education is important because it reaches us on so many levels. The article mentions…
Contrary to what most people think, the Statue of Zeus actually stands at 12.8 metres in height and was made from a wooden frame and required extreme care because Olympia was a very warm place and humidity could potentially damage the delicate art. Olive oil was regularly applied to the statue to keep the wood from degenerating, it was also and totally covered in ivory/gold panels. The statue itself was destroyed by fire in the fifth century CE with no copies ever to be tracked back. All the…
What is the definition of art? Did you know there are eight different types of art? I will
give two definitions of art and go over the eight different types there are.
Definition of Art:
1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power (oxford…
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Picasso was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among most famous Pablo Picasso paintings are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselle (1907) andGuernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
T.O.K Commentary: The Arts
November, 24th 2013
“God is really only another artist. He invented the Giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things” Pablo Picasso
The way that god or a greater power was able to construct a human body, so detailed which is still in discovery, can be considered artistic as art is an idea which when constructed is an inspiration. The example of the body shows the essence of art in the world, it is a talent…
In visual arts we use three main content areas. We use these areas in both practical studies and the critical and historical studies it is very important to become familiar with the language used in visual arts.
The language can be broken down into three main areas:
Art working/ practice
The frames are like the lenses in glasses. We use them to give different interpretive understandings to our investigations in visual arts, and both critical…
What if there was a way to move and play with another person that could temporarily take your mind away? Like a drug, it leaves you altered, but clearer, more balanced... leaving pleasant endorphines and a drive for creating deeper connection as the only side effects. What if you could find this connection with anyone, regardless of language, size, race, age, or religion? What if you could find the deepest possible intimacy with someone in the seconds that you meet them,…
in Guangzhou China. I am majoring Art in my college, and I am here to write this letter for pursuing advanced art studies in the University of California. I believe those studies are indispensable for my future career development and will benefit me for my art studies.
I chose art as my intended major because I love art and beauty. Art is everywhere in my life. I studied art in my country. Art already became my favorite course and enjoyed spending time in the art studio and drawing was always the…
Purpose: to persuade the audience to openly express themselves through visual art, poetry, and music.
Thesis Statement: today we will persuade you to express yourself through a form of art such as: Visual art, Poetry, or Music.
I. Attention Getter: open with musical play, a poem, visual art
II. Relevancy Statement: people may think that they already express themselves through art by writing and visual art, but expressing it openly and frequently, may help you in a way
A. Describe the four areas of emphasis in art education: dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
Dance is a physical form of art that can be taught to students. There are several advantages to learning dance: flexibility, endurance, coordination, motor skills, and even creative thinking. The center for Educator Development in Fine Arts states,” Dance involves a way of knowing that is intellectual and physical, intuitive and rational. When people create, perform or respond to dance, they engage…