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Degas and the Dancer
SUBJECTS — Visual Arts; France; Dance; Edgar Degas; Ballet;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent; Ambition; Mother/Daughter;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 8 - 13; Not Rated; Drama; 55 minutes; Color.
This award winning made for children movie introduces Edgar Degas and his fascination with drawing, painting and sculpting ballet dancers. Degas' paintings of ballet dancers are some of the most remarkable paintings ever produced. Children will see many of them in Degas and the Dancer.
As the movie unfolds, Degas hires a young dance student to be his model. Over the course of the film, both Degas and the young dancer suffer a crisis of confidence, doubting their talent. Through their friendship they help each other to overcome their fears and pursue their art. The film and the Learning Guide show many of Degas' paintings. The film is so engaging that it will be enjoyed by persons of any age.
The story told by the film is a fictionalized account of the relationship between two real people, Degas and Marie van Goethem, his model for the famous sculpture entitled The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer. This film is one of the award winning Artists' Specials.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Degas and the Dancer will disclose where history ends and fiction begins in this film. It will introduce children to the process of analyzing form, line, and color in a work of art. The background information and discussion questions will help parents and teachers introduce Degas, his model, and his art.
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The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer was sculpted in wax over a wooden frame. Dressed in a muslin tutu, ballet shoes, and a satin bow, the statue was 3/4s life size. When Degas created his Little Dancer, modern influences on sculpture were almost non-existent. (The only work of modern sculpture that predated the Little Dancer was August Rodin's ground breaking The Age of Bronze. It had been exhibited a year before Degas began work on the Little Dancer,) Western European sculpture of the time still depicted religious, mythical or historic scenes or powerful people in the idealized tradition of classical Greece and Rome.
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