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"I could draw morning, noon and night if my school would let me."
- Morgan, age 11

Sample of Music Activity :

Along with the mudras, or hand motions and positions, that have symbolic meaning in Indian dance, the patterns of notes, or ragas, have meaning. Indian classical musicians have developed the system of ragas over thousands of years, and it is very complex. Indian music uses only melody and rhythm, no harmony. But they combine notes in very specific orders, and then put them together with rhythms, to make thousands of combinations. Each combination is a separate raga, and each raga stands for some time of day and some emotion.

Activity Title: Our own Ragas

Goals: Campers will make up ragas, or patterns of notes.
Seating: circle

Process: After hearing some Indian music, campers will form into pairs and make up certain patterns of notes symbolizing certain times of day (what would morning sound like: slow start, cheerful…), together with certain rhythms. Campers will perform their ragas for each other, and compare the different patterns that different teams of campers come up with.


Sample of Art Activity : Doing an Australian Aborigine Painting

Goals: Campers will paint in the style used by Australian Aborigines.
Materials: brown paper bags, brown, black, yellow and white paint

Process: Campers crumple up pieces of paper bag. They draw design (can be Australian animal, their hand, etc.) with pencil and on paper, and then paint over the lines with paint.

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