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Studio Workshop

Helium Balloon Gets Arrested

The Muons read a few of their scripts aloud in a brainstorming session. Roles were assigned and the kids focused on character development and improvisational technique for two renditions of their original theatrical piece “Helium Balloon Gets Arrested”. They used the last portion of the class to create the beginnings of a musical piece centered […]

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Ike

This week in Studio with the Neutrons we read Dear Mrs. LaRue a story about a dog named Ike. Ike is sent to obedience school by his owner Mrs. LaRue. He sends Mrs. LaRue a series of letters updating her on his status at school.We could see by the images that his description may have […]

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Mr. Woodman

Last week the Neutrons and I read The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison. We tracked Mr. Woodman’s journey on a U.S. map. After the story we mad our own personal maps. We first drew ourselves and then our houses and our city and then our states and finally our countries.

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The Gardener

This week we read the book The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. The book is made up of a series of letters written by the main character who is living with her uncle who never smiles (but does end up showing his smile in his own special way!). I showed the kids a handmade post card […]

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Skits

The Muons discussed various skit performance formats in order to begin writing, directing, and performing their own dramatic theatrical performances.

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Dot

This week the Neutrons got started by reading The Dot which is an awesome book that illustrates how everyone can be good at drawing. We then continued being inspired by Liliy from Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse (the book we read last week).The kids made capes out of old t-shirts by cutting away everything except a […]

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Lily

For our first class the Neutrons and I read Liliy’s Purple Plastic Purse. I was inspired by some of Lily’s drawings and asked the kids to make self portraits describing themselves through pictures and words. Next we worked on turning large manilla envelopes into our own bags (or purses) to fill with our artwork. We […]

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Shoe Making

The Electrons and Muons have started a new community service project. The kids chose to work with a group called Sole Hope to provide shoes for children in Uganda. From Sole Hope: “Sole Hope helps create jobs to shoemakers and tailors, while providing shoes to help prevent jiggers. Your pants (and parties) can help.”   […]

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Paint,paint,paint. The Quarks Love Paint!

Today the Quarks continued work on their art books constructed from large manila envelopes. They worked on a new page/envelope to hold the prints they made a few weeks ago. The kids used various objects including t.p. tubes,corks,fake leaves,sponges,and tin foil to “stamp”paint onto their page. I also showed the kids a fun technique to […]

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Sound Effects

The Muons recorded two additional scenes for their marionette show, incorporating sound effects, character dialogue, and live guitar! The kids discussed the storyline, and the goals of each character and recorded several takes on a digital multitrack recorder until they perfected the recording. They also did a few dry rehearsals of the production from beginning […]

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