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Sets and Costumes as Storytelling – a resource for teachers

This teaching resource is designed for use in Art & Design lessons with pupils aged 8-14. This unit of work looks at two scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1786 opera The Marriage of Figaro to examine how Art and Design in theatre are used for storytelling. The examples used show in particular the differences between upper- and lower-class lifestyles at the time that the opera is set. Student activities follow using skills in observations, drawing, designing, mathematics, descriptive words, creative problem-solving, public speaking and teamwork.

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