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Essential Questions

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  • Essential Questions for Fine Arts Studies


  • For Team Work:
  • What is an ensemble?
  • What is teamwork and why is it important?
  • Why are teamwork and trust necessary in fine arts activities?
  • What are the steps involved in producing a play?


  • For Media Analysis: (These questions make a lot of sense for film analysis but you can use this for analyzing any media, dance video, music video, web page etc..)
  • Who created the message?
  • What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
  • What messages does the media communicate?
  • How might different people understand these messages differently?  
  • What values, lifestyles and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?  
  • Why is this message being sent? 
  • Describe the overall moment created. Is this quality filmmaking?
  • Should artists create Socially Responsible art? Why or why not?   
  • Are artists of all ethnic backgrounds held to the same standards when it comes to creating responsible art? Where might those differing expectations come from? 
  • If you could respond to the creators of this statement, what would you say?
  • What idea or image made the strongest impression on you?


  • For Dance
  • How does knowing about the traditional dance from of X country help you understand modern dance as you know it?
  • Who are some of the famous people associated with the dance and how did they impact the greater dance community?
  • Explain the role of a well-known artist or composer in the dance.
  • Describe the importance of the relationship between the country the dance originated in and the dance itself?
  • What do the dancers wear? Why?
  • What is the importance of dance?
  • What are the types?
  • What is the purpose?
  • What did you see in the dance?
  • Did the dance communicate an emotional response?
  • How relevant is your emotional response to the quality of dance?
  • How do universal themes in life help dancers to choreograph? (love, hero’s
  • quest, the struggle of the individual in society, good vs evil)


  • For Debate/Drama/Improv  
  • Debate Challenge: Choose a topic to discuss in 6 sentences. Define terms, describe or prescribe an issue, provide an important fact, identify an error in alternative viewpoint, return to the original idea and make a concluding statement.
  • How do public speakers vary their speech when they speak for different purposes and t o different people?
  • How is a character monologue different from a personal presentation or speech?
  • How is voice used effectively in dramatic presentation?
  • Who is my character and what do they stand for or believe in?
  • How does a personal space and how they keep it reflect a characters personality?
  • Complete a diary entry for your character.
  • How is the voice used effectively for dramatic presentation?
  • What is a stereotype and how can they be used effectively in acting?
  • Why is it important to explore how my character's movement and mannerisms differ from my own?
  • How do the relationships a character has offstage reflect in what they say and do onstage?
  • What have I learned about my character from thinking like him/her?
  • What types of things make an interesting character story?
  • What are my character's super objective, objectives, obstacles and tactics?
  • Why is it necessary to know your lines?
  • How can I improve my performance based upon the evaluations I have received? 
  • How is a believable character created on stage?


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