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May 28, 2018

Artist, Storyteller Provides Multifaceted Lesson At Dillon Middle School


PHOENIX – Phoenix students recently received a multifaceted lesson as artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino brought his StoryFaces performance to Emerson J. Dillon Middle School.

Christopher Agostino paints a story on Charity Frantz’s face during a recent demonstration at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School.

Christopher Agostino paints a story on Charity Frantz’s face during a recent demonstration at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School.

With a full color palette in front of him, Agostino told several stories with Chinese and Japanese cultural roots.

As he told each story, he used paint to transform students’ faces into the various scenes and characters.

His stories ranged from comics to the supernatural, with some tales even based on Greek mythology.

“Some of these are 2000-year-old stories,” Agostino said. “But it’s these 2000-year-old stories that are still relevant in today’s world. These are stories of heroism. Be the hero in your own life.”

Christopher Agostino and Emerson J. Dillon Middle School eighth graders pose for a group photo following a StoryFaces presentation.

Christopher Agostino and Emerson J. Dillon Middle School eighth graders pose for a group photo following a StoryFaces presentation.

In addition to the tales of heroism, Agostino provided students with a comprehensive lesson, said art teacher Beth Pritchard.

“His sixth grade performance was great and connected perfectly to the mask-making unit that we teach in our art curriculum! He talked about the importance of colors and icons as a way to represent symbols and meaning in art,” Pritchard said. “His stories ranged from a variety of different cultures from around the world and really made that historical connection that we talk about in class while researching for our own mask-making projects. This was a great way to incorporate everything into one presentation.”

A student looks in the mirror for the first time after artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino transformed her face into a canvas during his “StoryFaces” presentation.

A student looks in the mirror for the first time after artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino transformed her face into a canvas during his “StoryFaces” presentation.

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