|Puppetry or Maskmaking|
Puppets and masks have historically been used to create the “other voice.”
Students will enter an imaginative world of personal discovery to create complex masks or puppets in these hands-on workshops.
Comprehensive, 5-10 day residencies are conducted by artist Howard Berelson, with the collaboration of teachers.
Maskmaking will incorporate the historical and social context of masks, and allow students to express feelings, thoughts and ideas through the masks they create.
Puppetry will have students developing characters, understanding how to manipulate puppets and building fully articulated puppets that may be used in a classroom presentation.
Less intensive 2-3 day residencies are also available, as are workshops for younger grades using less complex materials and concepts to build a simple puppet or mask.
Grades 4-12 & Adult
Curriculum Connections: Conflict Resolution, Social Studies & Theater Arts
|PUSH Physical Theatre|
This national company’s unique art form opens the door to a new world of expression. Varying in length from three to twenty sessions, residencies usually begin with a PUSH performance and end with a culminating event that showcases students’ work.
PUSH residencies are created in collaboration with teachers to provide physical theatre workshops that support and expand students’ current curriculum.
Some examples of residency workshops are:
Physical Theatre Workshop - introduces the physical controls of several movement theatre forms, while exploring characterization and the basics of presenting live theatre.
Physical Sciences Workshop - facilitates a deeper internal understanding of the Physical Sciences as students both analyze and synthesize topics such as simple machines, transfer of weight, magnetism, and energy through physical movement and discussion.
Movement In Literature Workshop – guides developing imaginations by listening to and analyzing children’s literature and responding to it with physical expression. Individual physical interpretation of the text opens young imaginations to the endless possibilities of word pictures that turn into movement.
|Reading and Writing Through Storytelling|
In this 6-10 day residency, artist Gerry Fierst devotes each visit to a different story structure.
Trickster tales, accumulation stories, fables, tall tales, transformation tales and circle tales are some of the forms emphasized.
Children learn how stories are constructed and are encouraged to share their own family and traditional tales.
Each session includes a story to take home and a writing project based on the week’s focus.
This residency sharpens listening and comprehension skills and supports standards for writing, self-expression and oral presentation.