|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.
|Self Portrait - Building Drawing Skills|
This 2-3 week residency begins with an introductory drawing lesson on breaking larger drawings into smaller pieces.
Using the knowledge gained from the introduction, students will draw a small graph over a photo of themselves. A larger graph will be lightly drawn on drawing paper and the students will be asked to copy square by square from the original.
They will then learn how to use drawing pencils for shading and apply that information to create shadows in their drawings.
|So This Is Opera|
This is an opera immersion program designed to give students an in-depth, hands-on introduction to the world of opera. Lyric soprano and music educator, Yvette Lewis, spends 5-10 days in the school working with students.
A planning meeting with the artist will be held, and a professional development workshop for teachers is included to give an overview of the program and provide activities that can be used in the classroom to complement the residency. This will include creative writing, art, drama and research activities that correspond to each opera being studied.
An assembly, performed by Ms. Lewis, serves as an introduction to the residency. Ms. Lewis will then meet with each grade level to work on an opera they are assigned to study. Students become familiar with the story and learn up to three selections from the opera in the original language.
Classroom instruments will be provided for students to play accompaniments to the music learned. A student performance for parents is the showcase at the end of the residency.
|Photo by Chris Marksbury; CM Photos