We are proud to partner with schools, out of school time providers and experts in arts-integration strategies to provide educators with tools and support to transform their teaching. Through interactive workshops, coaching and demonstration teaching, our teaching artists help educators of all kinds discover new ways to reach students with diverse learning styles. Workshops are three hours in length. Pricing varies depending on group size and content is customizable for different settings.
To book a workshop, please contact Beth Racette at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.258.4169.
Time Travel through History with Theater
Time Travel Through History with Theater shows teachers how they can use theatrical techniques to stimulate students’ imagination and promote deeper learning. The session covers the actor’s tools and concentrates on the theatrical concepts of character and dramatic conflict to help students forge a deeper connection with the past. Through individual work with “MadLibs for Characters,” group brainstorming and working with “theater buddies,” participants will learn how to guide their students through the process of creating a scene and bringing history to life. This session uses immigration to Wisconsin as our subject matter, but the techniques it covers can be adapted to cover any historical period or aspect of Social Studies.
Rhythms of History: Exploring Cultural Heritage Through Movement
This workshop focuses on exploring cultural heritage, background and personal history through movement. We will explore how to use the elements of dance and dramatic movement to examine our cultural backgrounds connecting with history and social studies. This session focuses on the basic qualities of dance and movement, the concepts of rhythm and tempo and how to create dramatic movement combinations to bring to life your cultural heritage (i.e., where your families came from and where they settled in America, what kinds of work they did, their traditions and customs they brought with them), and will develop a basic appreciation of different cultures.
Common Denominators: Understanding Unit Fractions Through Hip-Hop Production
Pacal “DJ Pain 1” Bayley
Popular music is known for being catchy, but it is also highly mathematical. Exploring the relationship between math and music reinforces foundational mathematical concepts. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to have students analyze mathematical patterns and unit fractions by listening to their favorite music and by creating original rhythms themselves. Educators will leave prepared to lead adaptable lessons during which students will hear and share their original rhythms as audio tracks.
Trash to Treasure:
Fostering Collaborative Connections through Sustainable Sculpture and Design Strategies
During this workshop, teachers will make collaborative sculptures out of found and recyclable items. Utilizing a cumulative design process, teachers will learn visual art exercises that can build classroom community and give new perspectives about materials and objects in the classroom while promoting sustainability. Through this creative process teachers will find new ways to unlock visual arts standards and increase their students awareness of the importance of caring for our environment through reducing, reusing and recycling.
Acting Together, Playing Together (Part 1):
Theater Skills for Empathy and Cooperation
In this workshop, teachers will learn and practice strategies to incorporate classroom activities that will help students recognize when to follow and when to control impulse, and how to support one another in collaborative work and play. Educators will leave the workshop prepared to lead and adapt techniques that will help students work more effectively — and happily — with one another.
Acting on Impulse (Part 2):
Character Work to Develop Empathy and Cooperation
In this follow-up workshop to Acting Together, Playing Together: Theater Skills for Empathy and Cooperation, teachers will dive deep into using character work to develop empathy and cooperation.