Bully Prevention: Through tableaux, movement, role-play and song students will gain an understanding of the roles of the bully, the target and the bystander. By the end of this workshop students will be able to identify different types of bullying, recognize the importance of peer inclusion in play and have an understanding of strategies to deal with bullying situations as they arise.
Story Drama: In this workshop students will explore a picture book or short story using tableaux, movement and role-play. The teacher or artist will choose the story which can be related to another area of the curriculum or a seasonal celebration (ie. a story about the water cycle; story related to Black History Month). By the end of this workshop students will have an understanding of the key elements of dance and drama.
“Students were engaged. Several shy students came out of their shells. Kinaesthetic learners were free to move around.”- Mr. Nakonechny - Grade 3 Teacher
Character Development: In this project, students will be divided into four separate communities: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Using tableaux, role-play, coral soundscape and moving to dynamic music, students will develop a vocabulary for their own communities. They will then observe and interact with students from other elemental communities, as though meeting someone from another culture for the first time. Initial responses to “the other” will be the springboard for an exploration of the merits and challenges of empathy, respect, co-operation, kindness and caring. At the end of this workshop, students will have an understanding of some of the key character attributes and elements of dance and drama.
The Moving Painting: In this project, students will examine and respond to great works of visual art including Renoir and the Impressionists, Munch and the Expressionists and Picasso and the Cubists. Through tableaux, role-play, coral soundscape and movement, students will mirror the creation process of the artists when engaging with their work. By interacting with visual art in a visceral and kinaesthetic way, students will develop a unique relationship to the paintings and build a framework with which to respond to visual art in the future.
Integrated Arts: For this workshop, teachers select an area of the curriculum they would like to explore through drama (ie. science, language, math). A workshop will be tailor-made to teach indicated curriculum objectives through drama. By the end of this workshop students will have solid understanding of targeted concepts. Teachers will understand how to use drama as a tool to teach other subjects and have a lesson plan to repeat the workshop in the future.
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