Writer, teacher, storyteller Alica Washington presents multi-sensory strategies and tools to help students express ideas in a clear logical manner.
Over this 5-10 day residency, Alicia uses exercises that encourage the process of building a foundation for writing and then supporting it by creating structures for crafting the elements.
In addition to honing writing skills, this workshop helps to improve reading skills - by making the format of essay easily recognizable and retention skills - through movement, role-playing, and written expression.
This residency also encourages creativity in listening, whereby making the experience of learning “magical” again.
This program is tailored to suit all ages, but is ideal for beginning grade school children, 1st -5th. This is a critical growth period as they develop tools for facilitating creativity that is crucial for healthy academic maturation.
|Anti-Bullying Poetry Residency|
Extending her workshop to a second or third day, poet Laura Boss encourages students to dig deeper and express their thoughts and feelings about the bullying in a second poem.
She will discuss the various types of poetry allowing students to experiment with another form.
They will learn about adding images, details and aspects of sound in their poems, all while considering the causes and effects of bullying, and what we as individuals, groups and communities can do to stop it.
The poems may be put together as a class anthology and students will share their poems in class or, if time permits, in an assembly format with other classes and parents invited.
|Arts & Math|
Math and Art have many intersections.
Artist Mark Stankiewicz has created these 3-10 day residencies to target those lessons in a way that benefit the artist & mathematician within each student.
Isometric Drawing - Students create a simple block toy design using isometric drawings, including measurements. Students are shown how to draw an object from three different sides, including the isometric equivalent, representing a three-dimensional object in two-dimensions and vice-versa. Both isometric graph paper and architectural plan paper are utilized. Abilities of ruler use are honed. The students then create a physical version of this toy out of Legos.
Tessellation - Artists make tessellations by twisting and turning shapes to find images that fit together like puzzle pieces. M.C. Escher is an artist/mathematician who is a proponent of this style of art. Students will create original geometric tessellations using the mathematical terms like flips, slides, and turns; terms usually used unconsciously by artists to create Tessellations. Mark will discuss the mathematical rule of why some shapes work and others do not.
Scale • Proportion • Ratio • Similarity - Students use rulers to design a graph and then set it on an original image. They then make a larger graph with the ruler and transfer the smaller image to a larger graph square by square. This demonstrates scale, similarity, ratio and proportion – as they could enlarge the drawing to the power of 2, 3, 4 or any other number. The art student learns to simplify and enlarge a drawing; and for the math student, it concretizes the ideas of an exponent, and scale, ratio and proportion.
Descriptions above are examples – residencies will be customized to the age and ability of the students