Rodrigo Acevedo James Dick Narrator
Andrés Alcalá Paul Cezanne Painter
Santiago Altamirano Ludovic Halévy Playwright
Tamara Bado Alice Sister
Edmann Blobaum Jacques Offenbach Playwright
Ian Canchola Alfred Sisley Painter
Dara Enríquez Auguste Renoir Painter
Vanessa Flores Edgar Degas Painter
Faida Gómez Christine Wolf Narrator
Ilie González Marcel Proust Writer
Ximena Juárez Anahí Sister
Nahomy Mendoza Maurice Ravel Musician
Eduardo Miranda Francoise Bergman Narrator
Omar Muñoz Alexis Brother
Rodrigo Puig Octave Mirbeau Writer
Chelsea Ramírez Claude Debussy Musician
Sandra Treviño Claire Huet Narrator
Sofía Valverde Claude Monet Painter
Camila Velasco Camille Pissarro Painter
THE MAGIC PAINTING
Welcome parents and friends, we are third graders and we will present our work representing the Impressionism period. We hope you enjoy it.
Narrator: Once upon a time there were three siblings visiting their grandparents’ house. Their names were: Alexis, Anahí, and Alice. They decided to play hide and seek because they were bored. One of the girls chose to hide at the attic.
Alexis, who was looking for his sisters, found Anahí. Afterwards, they were looking for Alice. After some time, they heard her screaming. They went upstairs and spotted her, she was shocked. They asked her what was happening.
Very excited, Alice started telling them that there was something, very strange, in a painting. The two kids did not understand. They asked her to explain and to be calm. She took a big breath and said:
Alice: I found a beautiful painting and when I tried to touch it, I realized that my hand penetrated into a different dimension.
Anahí: A different dimension, what do you mean by that?
Alice: Yes, come and see.
Narrator: All of the kids stared at the picture and one of them said.
Alexis: Look, there is a bridge in this painting.
Anahí: Where do you think this bridge takes you?
Alice: To a wonderful place, I think, look at the beautiful trees and the pond seems so calm.
Alexis: I wish we could go to a place like this!
Anahí: Maybe we can, look at what happens when I try to touch this painting!
Narrator: Alice approached her hand and it disappeared into the painting, suddenly she was dragged into the strange dimension.
The other two kids stared at each other in amazement and they got closer to look carefully at the painting, where they saw their sister. In a flash they were dragged into the painting. Now the siblings were in this strange new world.
Alice: Where are we??
Alexis: What happened to grandpa’s attic?
Narrator: The siblings looked at each other with concern because they couldn't understand how they had gotten to this place. The girls started crying with despair because they wanted to get back to their grandpa's house. Even though Alexis was worried, he tried to keep his sisters calm, but without much success. Then, Alexis saw a man who was standing next to the bridge. When he told his sisters that there was a person, and that maybe he could help them, the sisters stopped crying. They approached the man cautiously, who nicely with a big smile told them that he was the right person to help them.
Monet: May I help you?
Alexis: We need to know where we are, we were at our grandpa’s attic, where we found this painting. (he points to it with his finger around the place)
Anahí: And suddenly we landed inside the painting. Could you tell us where we are? We are worried about it. We don’t know how to come back to our grandparents’ house. Could you help us?
Monet: Yes, of course, but since you are here, wouldn't you like to know more about this time? I could take you into a wonderful journey through Impressionism!
Alice: We'd love to, but could you help us get back home?
Monet: Yes, but let me introduce myself.
Monet: Yes, I can, as a matter of fact this is my painting. I am Oscar Claude Monet, a painter. I am one of the founders of French Impressionist Painting and the most consistent practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature. Specially as applied to plain-air landscape painting. I was born on November 14th, 1840 in Paris, France. I have done some important works called: Impression Sunrise, Water Lilies, Haystacks and Poplars.
Alice: Wow, you really did this painting, did you imagine it?
Monet: No, actually I lived in the late 19th century, and this is how things looked, would you like to visit my time?
Anahí, Alice, and Alexis: YESSSSSS!!!!!
Narrator: Monet and the siblings started walking and the landscape became a European city of the late 19th century. They find the Guerbois café, where painters and writers spent time together and inside, there were a lot of people.
Monet: This café is a gathering place for many artists such as painters and writers. Most of them are my friends. Let’s sit down with James Dick, Christine Wolf, Francoise Bergman and Claire Huet, they can tell you more about this time, which is called IMPRESSIONISM. I see a friend sitting over there. May I go to salute him? (Monet separates from the group)
Alice: Yes, of course.
Anahí: Good afternoon, we are from a different time, and we would like to know more about this place and time.
Alice: Who are you?
Alexis: We are Anahí, Alice and Alexis, and we live in the year 2012.
Narrator: James Dick, Christine Wolf, Francoise Bergman and Claire Huet explained what the most important characteristics of the Impressionism were.
James Dick: Let me tell you that you are within the impressionist movement, which was originated in France in the 19th century. Impressionists have broken from traditional European painting techniques and incorporated new elements into the chemistry of color in order to achieve new levels of tone, and exact color.
Christine Wolf: Yes, and let me say that Impressionists have created paintings that were suddenly different in how they look because they have applied paint in small touches of pure paint color rather than broad, mixed brushstrokes. This resulted in Impressionists artists having the ability to emphasize the impression of an object or subject matter.
Claire Huet: To tell you more, the inclusion of this movement is a crucial element of human perception and experience. The development of Impressionism in the visual arts has been followed by analogous styles in other media which became known as Impressionist music and Impressionist literature.
Alice: Ooooohh!!! Amazing!!!
Anahí and Alexis: Ooooh, yes.
Francoise Bergman: And, do you know that the Impressionism is generally a light and spontaneous method of painting, where an artist attempts to capture the impression of light in a scene? The name of this movement is derived from one of Monet’s early works “Impression: Sunrise”
Alice: Wow, this is very interesting, we met Mr. Monet, who is a painter.
Alexis: Do you think we could meet some more painters?
Anahí: Monet’s friends? (Monet comes back)
James Dick: Yes, do you see the men sitting at the corner of the café? Let´s go with them.
Narrator: The children and Monet approached the table where Camille Pissarro , Edgar Degas, and Pierre Auguste Ronoir were chatting.
Monet: Good evening, my friends, I would like to introduce three special friends of mine, they come from a far-away place, and they are very interested in our time.
Camille Pissarro: Hello!! My complete name is Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro. Among my paintings is a view of St. Bartholomew's Church, and some others are: Fox Hill - Upper Nowood, The Avenue – Sydenham, The Boulevard Montmartre at Night.
Alice: What was your main inspiration for you paintings?
Camille Pissarro: I understand and appreciate the importance of expressing on canvas the beauties of nature without adulteration. I paint scenes in the countryside to capture the daily reality of village life. I have found the French countryside to be “picturesque,” and worthy of being painted. So, I love to paint landscapes.
Anahí, Alexis and Alice: Thank you very much. Who are you?
Edgar Degas: Hi, kids!!!!! My name is Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas. I was born on July 19th, 1834. I am a French artist, famous for my work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. My painting work is specialized in scenes of contemporary life, including dancers, entertainers and women at their toilettes. My technique was superb, and I have been experimenting with various media including pastel. Some of the names of my painting are: Ballet Dancers, Beach Scene, Russian Dancers, Three Dancers in Violet Tutus.
Alexis: What is your opinion about art?
Edgar Degas: No art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters; of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament, I know nothing.
Anahí: Thank you for your information. You are…?
Pierre Auguste Renoir: I am Pierre Auguste Renoir, I was born in Limoges, France, on February 25th, 1841. I am known for my portraits of women, children and groups of happy, casual people. More than the other impressionists, I am interested in forming and using rough brushwork to capture reality. I still continue painting even after crippled by arthritis. When I paint I have brushes tied to my hands. My paintings always retain happy felling, though. My works are: Moulin de la Galette, Madame Charpentier and her children, Luncheon of the Boating Party and The Bathers.
Anahí: This is wonderful!!! I remember that in Art class we saw your painting!
Alfred Sisley: Hello!!! I am Alfred Sisley. Nice to meet you. I was born on October 30th, 1839. I am an Impressionist landscape painter. I have been living all my life in France, but I retained the British citizenship. I am the most consistent of the Impressionists in my dedication to painting landscape en plein air, as an example: outdoors. My works are: Lane near a Small Town, Avenue of Chestnut Trees near La Celle-Saint-Cloud and Village Street in Marlone.
Alice: Wowww!!! You are…?
Paul Cézanne: How are you? My name is Paul Cezanne. I was born in France in 1839. My work demonstrates a mastery of design, color, tone, and composition. My often repetitive, sensitive and exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. I use planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields, at once both a direct expression of the sensations of the observing eye and an abstraction from observed nature. My works are: The Black Marble Clock, A modern Olympia, Mont Sainte-Victoire.
Alice: Wonderful, thanks very much. Miss Ale, our art class teacher, told us about some writers, too. Mr. Monet, do you know any writers?
Monet: I’m glad you asked, look, over there is Mr. Proust and Mr. Mirbeau. Let’s go talk to them.
Narrator: The children said “Good Bye” to the painters and walked towards the writers.
Monet: Marcel!!! Octave!!! What a wonderful surprise to see you here!!
Marcel Proust: Where have you been hiding yourself Monet? We were looking for you.
Octave Mirbeau: We wanted to show you our new scripts for the book each of us is writing.
Monet: I’ll look at them in another time, now I want to introduce my new friends, they are: Anahí, Alexis and Alice
Anahí, Alexis, and Alice: Good evening!
Marcel: You look strange to me!
Octave: Are you writers?
Monet: No, they come from a far-away place and they want to learn more about us.
Marcel: Well my name is enormous, just call me Marcel Proust. I was born in Auteuil, France on July 10th, 1871. I am a novelist, essayist, and critic. I am also a prolific letter writer. I am known for my work: "À la recherche du temps perdu," which has been translated as "In Search of Lost Time" or "Remembrance of Things Past." I have been called the founder of the modern novel, looked upon as a major influence on modernist style. My first novel was "Jean Santeuil", but I abandoned the work. In 1896, "Portraits de Peintres" and "Les Plaisirs et les Jours" appeared.
Octave: I am Octave Mirbeau. I was born on February 16th, 1848 in Trevieres, Calvados, France. I am a journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright. I achieved celebrity in Europe and great success among the public, while still appealing to the literary and artistic avant-garde. My works are: Calvary, In the Sky, Torture Garden, Abbé Jules, The Diary of a Lady’s Maid, and Célestine.
Marcel: And who have you met in this journey?
Anahí: We have met Claude Monet, of course, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas….
Alice: And Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne…
Alexis: Don’t forget Octave Mirbeau and youuuu…
Octave: Monet why don’t you take them to see Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
Monet: I don’t know where they are, do you know?
Marcel: They are at the Music Hall, Claude Debussy is playing tonight.
Narrator: The children and Monet started walking down the street where they began to hear some music playing.
Narrator: Monet calls Claude Debussy.
Monet: Claude!!! How are you?
Claude: Monet what a surprise, I didn’t know you were around.
Monet: Is Maurice Ravel here too?
Claude: Yes, he should be coming to the stage any minute.
Narrator: Maurice enters the stage.
Monet: My friend!!! How are you?
Maurice: Fine, Fine, working, working.
Claude: What brings you to our concert Hall?
Monet: My new friends wanted to meet you.
Anahí: I am Anahí. They are Alexis and Alice… we come from the year 2012.
Alice: We are learning about Impressionism, we have met some of Mr. Monet’s painter friends.
Alexis: And writers too.
Monet: (to the children) Let me introduce Mr. Debussy and Mr. Ravel.
Claude Debussy: I am Achille-Claude Debussy. I was born on August 22nd, 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. I am an influential French composer of this century. I have formulated the 21-note scale and have changed how instruments are used for orchestration. The type of compositions I have written are: songs, instrumental, piano and choral works. I have composed: "Clair de lune," "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune", "La Mer," "Pelléas et Mélisande", "Nocturnes," "Images” and “Jeux;"
Alexis: Could we listen to a song tonight? It will be grateful.
Claude Debussy: Oh!! Yes, of course in a moment I have to come back to stage, where you will listen to a great song. It will be dedicated just for you.
Alice, Anahí and Alexis: Thank you very much.
Maurice Ravel: Nice to meet people from another time, it is amazing. Let me tell you, my name is Joseph-Maurice Ravel. I was born on March 7th, 1875, in Cibourne, France. I am a composer specially know n for my melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Much of my piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music has entered the standard concert repertoire. I am also known for my craftsmanship in music. I belong to "Les Apaches," a creative group consisting of writers, poets, painters and musicians. My compositions are: Menuet antique, Shéhérazade, Pavane for a dead infant, Jeux d’eau, String Quartet, Sonatine, just to mention some.
Narrator: Monet and the children said good bye to the musicians, and they started to walk back to the bridge when one of the children saw a play being developed in an open theatre.
Alice: (to B) Do you remember last school year in the assemblies, where we did some musicals?
Anahí: Yes, we did The Lion King, Grease and Mamma Mia.
Alexis: I wonder… Mr. Monet, do you have any playwright friends?
Monet: MMMMM let me think……..Oh I know Mr.Halévy and Mr. Offenbach. Let’s see if they are around here.
Alice: Look there is someone directing this play.
Anahí: Mr Monet, would that be one of your friends?
Monet: Yes, he is Ludovic Halévy, and look there next to him is Jacques Offenbach.
Alexis: Could you introduce us?
Monet: Of course, let’s go.
Narrator: They approached the center of the stage.
Ludovic: Look, here comes my friend Monet, he has brought me some new actors for my play.
Jacques: They look a little young, don’t you think so?
Ludovic: Maybe, let’s find out who they are. Monet, who are these children with you?
Monet: They are my friends, they are not actors, they are students. Children, please introduce yourselves.
Alexis: I am Alexis and we come from the year 2012.
Anahí: I am Anahí, we are from Mexico City.
Alice: I am Alice, and you are…?
Ludovic: I am Ludovic Halévy and I was born in France. My career’s success as a playwright and librettist was built on collaboration, the essence of theatrical creation, and my dramatic contributions cannot be disassociated from the composer Jacques Offenbach, with whom I wrote Entrez as well as more than twenty opérettes and opéras bouffes in the course of my career. And from Henri Meilhac, my colibrettist in ten Offenbach works and cowriter of nearly forty comédies for the nonlyric stage. Amongst the most celebrated works of the joint authors were La belle Hélène, Barbe Bleue, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, La Périchole, and Le Réveillon, which became one of the sources of Johann Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus.
Jacques: And I am Jacques Offenbach, one of the composers who helped to develop and define the operetta. Let me tell you that operetta is a type of opera that has got spoken dialogue and sentimental themes mixed with dance, music and songs. I am known for my French operettas; I have written more than 100 stage works. In my works: "Orphée aux enfers," "Les Contes d'Hoffmann," "Gaîté Parisienne," "Die Rheinnixen," "Genevieve de Brabant," "La Belle Hélène," "La vie parisienne," "La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein," "La Périchole" and "Théâtre de la Gaîté" are included.
Alice, Anahí and Alexis: Thank you, nice to meet you.
Monet: Children we should go back to the bridge so that you may return home.
Narrator: when they were walking, they started talking about their great experience.
Anahí: This has been an incredible experience, we have learnt more today than in the classroom, because we were able to be in touch with real history.
Alexis: I hope all our classes could be just like this one.
Alice: I have an idea: We can propose our teacher this theme for the assembly.
Monet: Using your imagination, you can explore anything!!!!!
Alexis: I'm ready to go back. What do you think girls, are you ready?
Alice: Yes, we are, Monet, could you show us the way back home?
Monet: I just need you to do me a favor, you need to make a painting for me, could we go to my house where I have all the materials?
Children: Yes, of course, we would love to make a painting, and then we can show this painting to everyone back home!
Narrator: They all went to Monet's house where he gave them materials to make the painting. He asked them to use all their imagination to paint the place where they would like to be back. After some time the children finished painting their grandpa's house and attic, with Monet's help. They sat and stared at their masterpiece, they didn't realized how tired they were, that they fell asleep.
Suddenly, Alice opened her eyes and she discovered two things: that they were back at the attic, and second a painting under her hand; her siblings were there, too. With a lot of emotion, she woke up her siblings, they opened their eyes and to their amazement, they were back at their grandpa's house.
Anahí: This has been a wonderful experience.
Alice: Maybe we can find something else in this attic that might take us to another time in art.
Alexis: Not at this moment!!!!! I’m tired, why don’t we do it tomorrow, let’s have dinner with grandpa and grandma and talk about THE MAGIC PAINTING and our work of art.
Narrator: The children went with their grandparents and had dinner sharing this magical experience.
We hope you have enjoyed this journey as we have. Thank you for your attention.