These are just a sampling of the many arts-integrated workshops we do each year. All of these workshops can be expanded into a 2-, 3- or 4-day residencies in which the students explore the content area in depth through the arts. This allows us to provide a sequentially structured arts learning experience so we can really maximize student learning and create a deeper, more meaningful arts experience. Contact us for more information!
We are constantly designing new workshops! In fact, most of the workshops you see here were originally designed because someone asked us, "Hey, InterAct...can you do a workshop on ___________ to address __________ objective?" WE LOVE THIS. It's really our favorite thing to do. The answer is almost always, "Sure. Let's put our heads together and see what we can create!"
So, if you would like an arts integration experience for your students that you don't see here, please contact us so we can design something for you!
BOOKS ALIVE (Grades PreK-5)
Books come to life as students explore age-appropriate text from children's literature or folklore through creative drama, and dramatize the text in their own words. Books Alive workshops can be designed to fit a variety of themes, topics, world cultures or curricular goals. Please contact us with your questions and ideas! Maximum 25-27 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
EXPLORING NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS (Grades 2-6)
Students learn about some of the cultural traditions of the Native American tribes living in the Pacific Northwest or Eastern Woodlands through dramatizing folktales and legends. Maximum 25-27 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
THE RAINFOREST (Grades 3-6)
The take an imaginary trip to the Brazilian rainforest, dramatizing Lynne Cherry's book The Great Kapok Tree and exploring key issues surrounding the rainforest and deforestation. Maximum 25-27 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
A VISIT TO A COLONIAL VILLAGE (Grades 4-5)
The classroom is transformed into a colonial village as students take on their roles as colonists, each with a colonial occupation. Students learn and share information in-role about their occupations and display their wares in this fun and informative creative drama experience. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 60-minute session.
GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY (Grades 4-8)
Students explore mythology, the gods of Olympus, and the some of the cultural influences behind Greek and Roman mythology. Maximum 25-27 students (1 class) for each 60-minute session.
TALL TALES: STORIES OF WESTWARD EXPANSION (Grades 3-6)
Tall Tales are exaggerated stories about the taming of America's West. Students dramatize key moments of a Tall Tale and explore its relationship to our nation’s growth. Maximum 25-27 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
DRAMA GAMES FOR THE SCIENTIFIC BRAIN
Students build content knowledge and vocabulary through experimentation and drama gaming. The workshops are designed to meet specific benchmarks and indicators. Please contact us so we can design a workshop for you! Recent workshops have dealt with such topics as Motion and Force; Tectonic Plates and Earthquakes; The Digestive System; Atoms and Elements.
PLAYBUILDING (Grades K-5)
Through a variety of innovative creative drama techniques, students create and dramatize their own original "play". Teachers have found this workshop to be a great language and pre-writing activity that promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. The workshops are modified for varying grade levels. Maximum 25-27 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
Music & Creative Opera
OPERABUILDING (Grades 2-6)
Students learn the basic elements of opera and explore how opera uses music and drama to tell a story. InterAct's General Director Ali Oliver leads students through this lyrical adventure. Maximum 25 students (1 class) per 60-minute session.
Note: This innovative and exciting workshop can be expanded into OPERAtunities for Writing, a 3-5 day residency linking creative opera with Writing and Reading Literature or Reading Informational Text. Contact us for details.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF WEST AFRICA (Grades 3-8)
Kwame Ansah-Brew, a master musician from Ghana, introduces students to the instruments and sounds of West African music. Students play instruments and learn chants and songs. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
DRUM CIRCLE (Grades 3-8)
Kwame Ansah-Brew, master musician from Ghana, gives students a hands-on multicultural experience by teaching them the basics of African palm drumming. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
DANCING OUR WAY THROUGH BOOKS (Grades PreK-2)
Dancer Maria-Ines Tripodi leads students in a movement experience rooted in age-appropriate children's literature or multicultural folk tales. This dynamic approach to reading comprehension and emerging literacy also gives students a chance to practice locomotor and non-locomotor movement, personal space, and gross-motor skills. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
DANCING THROUGH THE CURRICULUM (Grades PreK-5)
Dancer Maria-Ines Tripodi leads students in a movement experience relating to almost any subject area. Provide InterAct with a topic and watch students transform it into a dance. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.
A TASTE OF LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE (Grades K-6)
Through movement, dance and games students explore some of the customs of this vibrant culture. Maximum 25 students (1 class) for each 45-minute session.