Motoko

Motoko shares inspiring folktales from Asia.  Explore Asia with Mokoto as your guide in a residency.  Learn math in creating origami! Angles, lines and symmetry come together as students fold paper and create their own stories and origami.

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About the Artist

Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Motoko’s stories raise the young audience’s awareness and understanding of Asian history and culture. Motoko is a mime-storyteller as her art is a unique fusion of mime and oral tradition. Her stories highlight the universality of human experience and include folktales from Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia and personal memories from her childhood in Japan.

Motoko 1-Rotella Magnet Showcase 2012

Folktales from Asia (Grades K-12)

Clad in a Japanese jacket called a “haori”, Motoko tells folktales from Japan, China, Korea and Southeast Asia combined with participatory songs and mime. Length: 45 min. Audience Limit 150 students.

Single Performance: $745

Back to Back Performances: $880

Stories from Asia and Africa (Grades 1-12)

Eshu Bumpus and Motoko combine talents to perform Asian and African folktales followed by simultaneous workshops in creative writing.

Full Day Fee $1,715

Origami Motoko

Origami Geometry: Got the Right Angle! (Grades 3-5)

Program Description- The program starts with a 45 minute storytelling assembly for the whole grade. The artist shares a variety of Asian folktales using origami as props. The assembly is followed by a 45 minute visit to each classroom. Each student completes two origami projects, while identifying, defining, and producing geometric features such as angles (right, acute, obtuse), lines (parallel, perpendicular, vertical, horizontal, diagonal) and lines of symmetry. The artist will give step-by-step folding instructions.
The origami activities will vary slightly across the grade levels. The program is designed with flexibility to cater to specific needs of the classroom. The teacher is expected to fill out a previsit survey, which allows the artist to assess what the students already know, know well, and do not know yet. The teacher and the artist will then communicate and decide on 3-5 geometric concepts to focus on during the artist’s visit.
Students will:

  • -Produce and identify right triangles, parallel and perpendicular lines, and lines of symmetry in two-dimensional origami figures.
  • -Experience origami as a fun and accessible art form that develops focus, dexterity, and imagination.
  • -Witness examples of origami used as a visual aid to narrative storytelling.

The artist will provide paper for origami activities. Each student must have a pencil. The artist will need access to a copy machine.
Students’ desks should be cleared off of clutter.

Origami Dimensions  Grades: 6-8

Students will:

  • Produce 2 three-dimensional origami objects (a rectangular prism and a right square pyramid) and compute their surface areas and volumes.
  • Experience origami as a fun and accessible art form that develops focus, dexterity, and imagination.
  • Witness examples of origami used as a visual aid to narrative storytelling

The program starts with a 45 minute storytelling assembly for the whole grade. The artist shares folktales using origami as props, and students will make origami art along with her. The assembly is followed by a 45 minute visit to each classroom. Motoko will briefly discuss the history of origami and its modern applications in space science, medicine, and automobile safety. Each student completes a 3-dimensional origami project, a box or a pyramid, and the class will discuss and find its surface area and volume. The artist will give step-by-step folding instructions. The session ends with Motoko telling another folktale using towels folded in shapes of animals.
The origami activities will vary slightly across the grade levels. The program is designed with flexibility to cater to specific needs of the classroom. The teacher is expected to fill out a pre-visit survey, which allows the artist to assess what the students already know, know well, and do not know yet. The teacher and the artist will then communicate and decide on 3-5 geometric concepts to focus on during the artist’s visit.

The artist will provide Origami paper

Each student must have a pencil and a ruler. The artist will need access to a copy machine.

Ni Hao Peng You! (Hello Friends!)—Stories from China (Grades K-12)

A long-time student of Chinese language and folklore, Motoko made a trip to China in 2006! She visited a tiny rural village of Geng Cun (population 1,200) with 600 year old storytelling tradition, and collected folktales. In her new program she shares some of the tales and songs she learned there, and discusses her experiences with the village elders and children. Calligraphy and other art activities may be included.

Single Performance: $745

Back to Back Performances: $880

Motoko - Class 2

 

Workshops Include:

  • Origami Geometry (2-8)
  • Story-Writing Workshop (Grades 2-8)
  • Mime Workshop for Teens
  • Japanese Culture from a Storyteller’s Perspective (Grades K-8 )

Program Guide:  Motoko

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