Recently, the visual art seniors had two days devoted to learning about the other strands of the Salem Arts Academy. The academy consists of 5 strands- visual, dance, instrumental, vocal, and theater. I have always felt like the visual arts strand is the most seperate from the other strands especially because we don't do performance art. For senior switch day, all of the strands got to experience a day in the life of other strands.
Since we are the weirdos from the visual arts strand we had an awesome time of learning how to move our bodies in unfamiliar ways, pretend to master a very complex song sung in German, tap randomly on the steel drums, and act like it was not akward to stare at each other for long periods of time. Of course we experienced and learned more than what I just said. It helped us as art stranders to gain more of an appreciation for the other strands artistic talents.
I originally thought I would be amazing at dance since I did gymnastics for many years. Once we got into learning two eight counts to a routine, I became very disoriented. I had trouble remembering which arm was which and where to put it during certain times. My classmates were just as confused as me and once we presented our dance we resembled akward chickens performing an interpretive dance of us crossing the symbolic road. It other words, we had no idea what we were doing.
We all had the best time embracing our weak areas in the arts and learning how hard the other strands work. Claps to the other hard working talented artists.