The Dual Language Project is a multi-year collaboration between The Watermill Center and Southampton Intermediate School’s 5th and 6th grade Dual Language students. The Program brings professional artists together with students and teachers to create original performance works in both English and Spanish. The students learn stories from Spanish-speaking cultures, and create sets and costumes to perform at the school and at The Watermill Center.

2010: Give It A Voice. The project employed object-based learning and workshops with Artists-in-Residence to produce creative written work. See Walter Sanchez’ photos from the May 22, 2010 presentation of Give It A Voice.

2011: Call It Courage. 34 students worked with Watermill staff and artists to transform their reading assignment into a dramatic performance throughout the building and site using objects from the collection. Presented in both Spanish and English, this was the first time Watermill worked directly with teachers to realize their curriculum alongside artistic process. See photos of Call it Courage (2011).

2012: Don Quixote. The 6th grade Dual Language Program, taught by Kerry Palumbo and Ellen Martin, returned for their third project with us. With the program founders, Maria Pessino and Makram Hamdan, The students staged a version of Don Quixote throughout the building and grounds.

See more photos of Don Quixote (2012).

2013: Popo and Ixy. The 5th and 6th grade Dual Language Program, taught by Kerry Palumbo and Ellen Martin, returned for their fourth project with us. With the program founders, Maria Pessino and Makram Hamdan, The students staged a version of the Aztec legend throughout the building and grounds.

See photos of Popo and Ixy (2013).

2015: 375: Our story, our history/ Nuestra historia, somos la historia. 2015’s theme commemorates the 375th Anniversary of Southampton with Memoirs in English, poems in Spanish, a song rewritten in Spanish to represent the heritage of our students, and artistic renditions on surfboards representing the many waves of immigration to our community. The students worked with Southampton Intermediate School Teachers Ellen Martin, Kerry Palumbo, and David Riley; Watermill Teaching Artists Makram Hamda and Andrea Cote; and Artist-in-Residence Helene Patarot to create a multi-media experience for the audience.

If you are interested in receiving more information about The Watermill Center’s educational programs, please contact Andrea Cote at andrea.cote@watermillcenter.org.

 

The Watermill Center’s Education Programs engage children as artists in their own right. Your gift will make a lasting impact on future artists, performers, researchers and students who come to The Watermill Center to learn and create.


Image Credit: Caroline Lasersohn