Workshops

Dance
 
Mime
 
Music
 
Puppetry
 
Theatre
 
Science
Literary Arts & Storytelling

AKAYAA ATULE 

Akayaa Atule presents an energetic workshop of the traditional dances of Ghana that share the traditions and culture of her tribe, the FraFra people.

 

Grades: K-12

 

SUZANNE BARROS MARTINS
Brazilian Dance
Using inspiring images, music, stories and dances, this workshop take students through a journey of experiencing five different traditional dances from Brazil:  Boi Bumbá, Frevo, Forró, Samba and Ciranda. 

 

Grades: K-12
 

ROXANNE ROJAS DE BLANCO

Baila! An Exploration of Afro-Cuban Dance & Culture

This workshop introduces students to the cultural dances from Africa preserved in Cuba. Students will learn how dance reflects what is important to a community (work, celebration and praise) while drawing attention to how dancers use elements of dance, time, space and energy to express meaning.  

Dances include: Babaluaye, an Arará harvesting dance, Conga, a carnaval celebration dance and Yemaya, a Yoruba praise dance for the Ocean mother.

 

Grades: 3-5

 

JESSICA CURIEL

Creative Movement and Active Literacy

Turn a classic book into an impromptu dance jam! Jessica Curiel focuses on English Language Arts Standards (concepts in print) and Visual and Performing Arts Standards (Creative Expression). The classroom teacher can choose from the following books:  My Many Colored Days (Dr. Seuss) or The Very Hungry Caterpillar  

(Eric Carle).

 

Grades: K-2

 

Introduction to American Dance Forms: 

 

The classroom teacher can choose from tap (learned in sneakers/school shoes), jazz, Hip Hop or contemporary movement styles. Jessica will briefly discuss the history of the form as well as lead the students through a traditional studio-style dance class and teach a short dance phrase.  The music is contemporary and guaranteed to engage the students.

 

Grades: 3-5

 

CLAUDIA LYRA

Enjoy the fascinating art of Capoeira as dance artist Claudia Lyra introduces your classroom to this beautiful form of Brazilian art that combines dance and the martial arts.  
 

Grades:  K-12

 

CYBELE NIEMAN PENA 

Venezuelan Calypso!

This super high-energy fun workshop involves group, partner and individual movements! Images of colorful costumes, discussion about the region and its history accompany these beautiful dances brought to Venezuela by immigrants from Trinidad.

 

Grades 3-12

 

DIVYA DEVAGUPTAPU

Natyam: Dance, Rhythm and Mime

Using the powerful language of Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance), stories come alive through movement, rhythm and mime. Using hand gestures, facial expressions and movement set to intricate rhythmic patterns, students will experience the joy of dance theatre in this engaging workshop.

 

Grades 3-10

 

DIVYA DEVAGUPTAPU
Natyam: Dance, Rhythm and Mime
Using the powerful language of Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance), stories come alive through movement, rhythm and mime. Using hand gestures, facial expressions and movement set to intricate rhythmic patterns, students will experience the joy of dance theatre in this engaging workshop.

 

Grades 3-10

 

JERRY HAGER 
Elementary Mime
Can your body tell a story without words? Sure it can! Jerry Hager provides a hands-on overview of the elements of mime including the history of the art of pantomime. Students will create solo, duo and group mime scenes and use “The Giving Tree” as a final exercise project.  


Grades: 3--6


AVAILABLE MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

 

Feeding Your Imagination

Students collaborate with each other and are challenged to create new works while pulling from their “Sixth Sense” Imagination, using theatre games, improvisation and storytelling exercises. Explore the lines between ideas and dreams and discover the process it takes to create a product whether it be in school or at home.


Grades: 3-6    

AVAILABLE MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

 

 

STEPH JOHNSON
Songwriting: Find Your Own Voice
Singer, songwriter and guitarist 
Steph Johnson challenges students to create their own song through creative writing, self-expression and collaboration.  Students will think critically and creatively while exploring musical concepts and different styles of music from soul to jazz, pop, rock and hip-hop. 


Grades 4-12

Cost: $195

 

CAROL PELKNER

Carol enables students to develop a deeper connection to music through listening, experiencing and creating music utilizing a marimba and a multitude of percussion instruments.  Through hands-on solo and small group activities, students develop a confidence and thoughtful intention as they create music throughout the workshop.  Students learn that music is a very personal experience that can communicate feelings and bring images to mind.  The class will participate in a culminating event based on rhythms and instruments from Africa and Latin America.

 

Grades 3-5

Cost:$155

MARK LAMSON

Carnaval-Caribbean Percussion

Carol enables students to develop a deeper connection to music through listening, experiencing and creating music utilizing a marimba and a multitude of percussion instruments.  Through hands-on solo and small group activities, students develop a confidence and thoughtful intention as they create music throughout the workshop.  Students learn that music is a very personal experience that can communicate feelings and bring images to mind.  The class will participate in a culminating event based on rhythms and instruments from Africa and Latin America.

 

Grades 3-5

Cost:$155

 

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SAN DIEGO GUILD OF PUPPETRY
 

The San Diego Guild of Puppetry offers an intriguing variety of workshops. Workshops bring imaginative and educational hands-on puppet and mask making activities to classrooms, libraries, family arts nights and outreach events. Lessons can focus on specific cultures and traditions, a piece of literature, an introduction to puppet history and manipulation techniques as well as a wide variety of puppet building possibilities. Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of specific age groups with some available in both English and Spanish. 
     

     • Exploring specific stories and folktales through puppetry
       (call us for a list of literature-based puppet workshops)
     • Calaveras masks
     • Butterfly Rod Puppets
     • Mask-making
     • Shadow puppets
     • Introduction to Classroom Puppetry 
     • Construction and Manipulation Workshops
     • Basic Bunraku


STORY PEOPLE DOLLS
In this art workshop, Lynn Dewart, M.A., internationally recognized visual artist, introduces students to the historical, anthropological, educational, personal and multi-cultural context of the multi-functional roles of a broader world view of dolls. Students create a 3-dimensional “Story Person” from various materials from cloth, rubber bands, painted cloth, found or natural objects. The project helps to embed positive identity, build self-confidence and further communication, creativity and critical thinking.

 

Grades: K-12 
Cost: TBD

 
 

JERRY HAGER
Theatrical Movement
This workshop introduces the discipline and “magic” of stage movement as a communication skill.  Students will discover how to use their bodies to create character, employing tempo, range and gesture. This workshop can be tailored to any play or skit the class is studying.  


Grades: 6-12    
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Theatre/mime artist Jerry Hager offers a theatre workshop designed specifically for your classroom.  Hager will collaborate with classroom teachers to present an interactive and participatory workshop that builds teamwork and nurtures imagination and creativity. Basic acting skills, improvisation, mime, creative role-playing and theatre vocabulary can be combined as an introduction to theatre or for more in-depth learning.

 

Grades:K-12

 

RON PUNIT AUERBACHER
Shakespeare: The Rude Mechanicals
An interactive and participatory program in which the students perform the hilarious “rude mechanicals” play within a play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All scripts, props; costumes and music provided. And students will learn to hurl Elizabethan insults!  


Grades: 7-8, 9-12    
Cost: 1 workshop = $180 
Each additional = $140


High Energy Shakespeare
Question: How is Shakespeare like great TV?

Answer: Romance, violence, poetry, passion, action, humor, music and interesting characters!  


Acclaimed local actor Ron Punit Auerbacher will astonish, delight, amuse, provoke, exhilarate, and challenge your students to prove his point that Shakespeare did not write his plays to torture students, but like contemporary script writers, to entertain audiences and make money. A variety of famous monologues will be performed, interspersed with descriptions contrasting and comparing Elizabethan society to our own. HIGH ENERGY SHAKESPEARE will blow away the barriers of old-fashioned and boring!  

 

Grades: 7-8, 9-12   
Cost: 1 workshop = $180 
Each additional = $140

 

ABEL SILVAS
Basic Theatre
Explore the exciting world of theatre! Students learn basic theatre terminology, how to project in front of an audiences and give a monologue.


Grades: 3-6 

 

Pantomime
Students integrate the art of pantomime with classroom lesson plans. Students who participate in this workshop learn the importance of and techniques involved in mime. Students will gain respect for the rich history of the theatre, both as performers and theatre-goers. Teachers and students will also explore and perform their own curriculum lesson plans by using the pantomime language vocabulary.

 

Grades: 3-6

 

Native American History

Learn about the tribal culture of the Kumeyaay/Digueno and Luiseno/Juaneno people. Discover what life was like for families living in San Diego County during different times in California history: Pre-Contact, the Spanish/Missions, Mexican/Ranchos and American/Reservations Periods. Students will learn that California Indians adapted through these periods and continue to be a part of today’s society. They will learn how geography and climate influenced the way various nations lived and adjusted to the natural environment, including locations of villages and how they obtained food, clothing, tools and utensils.

 

Grades: K-6

Suzanne Barros Martins

The Clown Within Us

Through theater games, improvisation and dance, students are engaged in an experience of expressing themselves.  Clowning is a path of investigation.  The signature red nose of the clown is used to free us from our own boundaries and limitations.

 

Grades: 9-12

The Mask-Maker

The Mask-Maker is about the poetry of making and wearing our own masks.  The workshop consists of three stages.  First is mask-making, second is the introduction and discussion of the mask and the student and last, discovering the encounter of the mask and student.   The journey of the Mask is about finding our true self.

 

Grades: 9-12

Bridget Cavaiola

Jump into some seriously hilarious improv work. Learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters, and present them through fun improv scenes and games. These workshops are all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice. Always fun, this class will focus on developing improv skills and creating performers.

 

Grades: K-12

 

MONICA ALMEIDA & CLAUDIA LYRA

 

ArtScience

ArtScience uses dance, music and visual arts, as tools to engage children in learning about the importance of taking care of the environment. This workshop can be tailored to fit science curriculum more related to water and well being of living and non-living beings. ArtScience brings issues such as: water cycle, ocean pollution; the living beings in an estuary and how they connect; the different kinds of planktons in the ocean and their importance in the cycle of life. Activities and curriculum meet the California Standards for science and art.

 

Grades: K-4

JODI BRISEBOIS

Bring the fun and discovery of nature into your classroom with artist Jodi Brisebois.  Select from the following lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards with environmentally friendly art for Grades 1-6.

 

Paper Making
Students experiment with many different natural materials, including seeds. Color and texture form unique handmade papers ready for journaling to poetry.  Each creation can be planted to grow with imagination and water.

 

Sculpture Making
Students explore and engineer many different types of seedpods.  They can fly, stick or float their own design.

 

Print Making 
Students experiment with leaves to create beautiful prints.  They enjoy learning the different aspects of design, color, contrast, texture and composition.

GREEN ART LABS
Express your creativity and have fun experimenting in the Green Art Lab with artist Joan Green. Students will explore, collaborate, problem solve hypothesize, tinker and build with reusable materials - treasures saved from the land fill, turned into one-of-a-kind creations by students inventors, scientists, engineers, artists and
environmentalists. Students use their creative thinking, math, engineering and social skills as they create.  Joan can tailor a workshop to support and enliven your classroom curriculum.

 

Grades: PreK-5.

Cost $125

 

MARILYN MCPHIE

 

Speak Up!

Starting at a young age, children are asked to communicate, persuade and present.  At school and in other situations as well:  assemblies, PTA meetings, contests, elections, city council meetings, church, family events.  Children who learn public speaking skills early in life turn into confident and effective communicators who will relish the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, express their opinions, and engage their listeners.

This series of workshops will give students the chance to develop an effective story to present in public.  The content can be adapted to the needs of the class and the particular focus of study.  Possibilities include personal anecdote, story of a family member or ancestor, folktale from culture of study or of origin, social or environmental topic, and historical vignette.

Skills emphasized include voice, gesture, eye contact, pacing, character portrayal, effective beginnings and endings.  The focus will be on oral skills, although documenting their stories in written form will be covered if the number of sessions allows for it.

(1-3 workshop series)

 

ALYCE SMITH-COOPER

 

Visioning Collages

Through the art of collage, storyteller Alyce Smith-Cooper uses writing prompts to help students design a personal and insightful piece of art.  Collages can reflect a family memory, self-reflection or a curriculum connected event.  Audiences will be encouraged to write and deliver a monologue about their project.

(1-3 workshop series)

Grades 4-8

 

Arts for Learning San Diego 

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