Can we use the junk we see everyday to create amazing things? Using STEAM thinking, engineering, and problem solving we'll create an interactive hands-on Arts project together made entirely from recycled materials you already have around your home. Learn to be a maker! Reference Book: Junk Re-Thunk
Learn to create dynamic characters for comics! What makes a character stand out? We'll explore the details that bring a character to life, talk through different techniques we can use in comics and visual storytelling and try our hand at creating a mini comic using our invented character.
Doing something BIG like writing a book can be daunting, but it’s totally doable when you break it up into fun little pieces. We’ll collect story elements and then talk about how to bring them all together to make a page-turning, shelf-worthy book!
Whether you already love writing and reciting poetry or just want to try it out, this workshop will make it easy and fun. We'll practice both composing and performing an evocative poem. Participants should have a notebook and writing
utensil. Family members are welcome to
This one can be catered to the specific needs or wants of the audience - but, basically, Kevin will try to give more of a master class in how he writes and draws and what YOU can steal from him to make your own art better.
Kevin shares stories from his middle grade books, including MINRs, the Neil Flambé Capers, The Hockey Super-Six and more. AND he shares some tips to help kids find their own style for drawing cartoons.
What's the most fun part of writing a fantasy book? Why, the magic, of course! Come learn about the different types of magic in your favorite fantasy stories, and all the things you need to think about when you're getting ready to make your own!
Have you ever heard that there are two sides to every story? Well, that's not true. There are, in fact, THREE sides to every story! Learn about the three sides of history, and how to use this triangle of facts and fancy to write stellar historical fiction and fantasy!
With the author, students will write a poem using a familiar rhythmic poem as a model. We'll explore rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and more; after hearing a brief lively reading of an early jazz poem. The students will go away with a fun assignment to listen to their favorite music, absorb the rhythm, and write along those lines.
Patricia will do a lively reading of a syncopated rhythmic poem, describe how she wrote it--with Power Point visuals--then with the group write an original rhythmic poem (with an anapest or triple rhythm)--using rhythm, rhyme, repetition, alliteration. She'll encourage the students to (later) listen to their favorite music and write a poem in the…
We’ll use several types of paper, cut and glue them to design our collage. Simple, fun art activity with impressive results! Includes reading of the picture book Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper. You'll need different types of paper, scissors, glue and a bit of imagination!
Patricia will introduce herself as a dancer/storyteller-turned writer; guide students to write their own simple poems about themselves, using the poetry of Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker and Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker as models. We will discuss the question: What do you hope to accomplish? (for 1st – 5th grades;…
Does your child have a favorite song or piece of music? Together, we can make a dance to the song! I will need to know the music choice a few days ahead of the program. This program will require the child/children to have an unobstructed space for dancing.
Add the "A" for Art (Dance) and the "R" for Reading to playfully explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects. Connie will create a fun and enriching learning experience tailored to your child's STEM interest. This program will require the child/children to have an unobstructed space for movement.
This session will be designed around a book of the child’s choice. I will need the name of the book a few days before the session. During the thirty minutes, l will read the book aloud, then give a series of playful movement prompts as we retell the story through dance and music. This program requires the child/children to have an unobstructed…
Children will move and groove from A to Z while learning and having fun! I will read my picture book FROM A TO Z WITH ENERGY! and we will do playful movement together that corresponds with each letter of the alphabet.
The only requirement for this program would be a space, inside or outside, that allows children to move freely. It can be small or…
How do you go to the bathroom in a suit of armor? Were there dogs on the Mayflower? What's a fast-acting poison that can't be traced? What insect has caused the most misery in human history? When was underwear invented?
A lively, interactive discussion about the history that kids really want to know about.