In-School Arts Workshops

Workshops

We offer a Curriculum Focus Each program is designed to help you and your students meet the expectations outlined by The Ontario Curriculum for the Arts, grades 1-8.

Our workshops are taught by seasoned and accomplished artists with a great many years of professional and teaching experience.

Support Documents - every workshop is accompanied by support material to help you understand the development of the expectation(s).

Suits Your Needs - each workshop can be customized to fit your needs.

Please Note: Music and Visual Art workshops are 1¼ hrs long and would be taught in 2 groups with a maximum of 30 students in each group. All other workshops are ½ day workshops with a maximum of 60 students For workshops (other than music & visual arts) it is best to have the gym available.

Prices - $300.00 for ½ day workshop
Workshops are available a.m. or p.m. and in the case of a large school or in the event that the need arises the entire day may be booked.

Workshops Offered

P = primary
J = junior
I = intermediate

MUSIC:

How mood is created through music (J & I)
Your class will learn about the manipulation of texture and elements to create different moods.

The Ostinato (P & J)
We have created two basic steps to help teach the concept of ostinato. Our first step uses the voice for chant or rhythmic speech. The second step adds body percussion.

Sound-scaping (P & J)
Children will create sound effects for a poem or story. This sound-scaping is achieved with either percussion instruments or 'found' instruments. Sound-scaping can also be expanded to include story, song and dance combined to form an integrated experience.

The Joy of Singing (P, J & I)
This workshop will teach vocal warm-up, pitch and teach a variety of age appropriate songs. Partner songs, Canon and harmonies will be taught. Seasonal workshops are available as well.

DRAMA:

Verbal Theatre (J & I)
Students will learn the importance of mood expression through speech, enunciation, auditory discrimination and other ways of projecting a thought. Students will learn how to relate and differentiate between stage communication and their everyday ways of communicating.

Production (J & I)
This workshop is a simplified and condensed preparation for an informal stage production of a story or theme. The workshop will introduce the students to the important elements of performing. Students will learn voice expression, movement, body language, role-playing, blocking, some memorization and improvisation.

DANCE:

Musicality and Dance (P, J & I)
A workshop focusing on movement and its' relationship to music. The students will learn basic elements of dance and creative movement. They will experience moving and controlling their bodies in space and time and how to communicate feelings through movement. For the junior level, this topic will focus on the relationship between choreography, music, and performance. The students will use creative movement and body percussion to communicate their feelings through movement. They will choose appropriate elements of movement to respond to different musical stimuli.

Improvisation (J)
Various methods are used in this workshop to make the students aware of the great dance vocabulary that they all posses. Using a variety of stimuli, experiment with levels, moods, space, energy and rhythm.

Technical Dance (P, J & I)
This workshop is to introduce principals of dance; why warm-up is important, the various types of warm-ups used in different styles of dance, terminology of dance, and some basic techniques (this can be developed into a weekly workshop to create a mini unit).

VISUAL ARTS:

Exploring the Elements of Art
Analyze works of art and identify the elements, shape, line, texture, form and colour and learn how they all come together to create a work of art. Create inspired works of art using all of the learned elements.

Traveling Art Gallery
Bringing the masters to your school! Selections of art prints travel to the classroom where students discuss their interpretation of a variety of art works and create a work of art based on their experience. Choose from a variety of curriculum specific topics.

Primary: The Colour of Mood
How artists use the elements to communicate feelings.

Junior: Making Connections
Compare works from various periods of art history

Intermediate: Composition
Identify and describe how artists use the principles of design

combined Workshops

Two arts in one workshop - all of the arts are interconnected and interdependent in many ways - these workshops are inventive and stimulating. The students will have fun drawing the relationships and comparisons between different disciplines.

DANCE & MUSIC

The Beat and Rhythm (P & J)
Students must be able to keep "the Beat" a steady pulse and find the rhythm patterns in music and poem. This program works with various methods to help students with the beat and rhythm, on instruments, body percussion and dance.

The Mood (J & I)
Students are encouraged to examine music and the great influence that it can have on our mood. Through creative movement they will express what the musicians have created.

DANCE & DRAMA

Nonverbal Theatre (P)
This workshop develops the ability to focus while in a character-study the body posture and movement and dance for a particular character. Students will create tableaux in small groups in both dance and drama.

Theatre Works (J & I)
This workshop deals with the terminology of live theatre. The students will learn stage directions and blocking. They will experience ways to use the stage to create the desired effect for the audience.

Dance and Mime (P & J)
This workshop will demonstrate to the students how dance and drama work together to create an intended effect on the audience.

MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS

Visual Music (J & I)
In this workshop the students will interpret music through line, colour and shape.

DANCE & VISUAL ARTS

(J & I)
This workshop looks at line and movement as it applies to visual art and how art can inspire movement.