Mary Lynn Carvour may look familiar if you have visited Iowa Renaissance Faires. Her website is: http://www.marylynnslearningcenter.com/web/. Thank you notes can be sent to:
Mary Lynn Carvour
201 7th Street N.W.
Altoona, Iowa 50009
Julia McGuire is one of the founders of Three Sisters. She spent her college years dancing haute and basse dances at Iowa State University’s Madrigal Dinners. The club providing this opportunity is Orchesis II, and while it is primarily for college students, it is open to all. Thank you notes can be sent to:
919 45th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Valerie Williams and Musica Antiqua is the source for Orchesis II’s knowledge. They are scholars on Renaissance and early dance and music and in residence at ISU. Julia used her prior knowledge and Valerie’s Renaissance Dance product called Now Foot It! Renaissance Dance Made Easy. It includes a CD-ROM with video to watch and learn the dance, a CD with the early music, and a book for purchase. All three components are available on her website if you want to view the material before buying.
Musica Antiqua’s website is http://www.music.iastate.edu/antiqua/index.html. The group has a school show in the Iowa State Center’s Youth Matinee Series, on Fri, Jan, 22, 2010. Musica Antiqua’s website has many, many in-depth resources for the Renaissance music history student. You can view replica instruments and hear samples of them (mp3 format) as well as see the group in costume at their website.
Quilling was the result of preparing pages to be bound. All the pages were trimmed to the same width and length. The nuns in the binding houses couldn’t stand to see waste. Objects such as book covers, pictures, and boxes were quilled. Instead of a quill, your students wrapped their strips of paper around a toothpick or pencil.
Most people learned their catechism through plays and pictures, so stained glass was very important. Most everything during the early Renaissance centered around the church, thus a cross was chosen for this activity.