We encourage kids to play with garbage...well, sort of.

Through our workshops and residencies, students learn to use found objects and other “upcycled” materials to make art and tell stories. Learn more below or download our PDF!

WORKSHOPS

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Orbie's Odyssey

Recommended Grade: Pre-K - 1st

Duration: 60 minutes

Related Themes: Ocean Habitats, Recycling, Theatre

Students will meet Orbie (the sock-topus) and dive deep into a coral reef to explore its wonders and learn about ways to help protect these precious environments! We will guide your students through an interactive storytelling project and an art activity designed to invigorate a passion for the ocean's wonders. Students will learn what it means to "upcycle" by using their imaginations to transform recycled materials into unique art pieces.

Additional Information:

• Materials are included

• Can be In-person or Virtual

• Grade range can be adapted to suit your needs

• Contact us for rates

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Radical Creativity

Recommended Grade: Pre-K - 5th

Duration: 60 minutes

Related Themes: Art, Problem-Solving, Social-Emotional Learning

Imagination is the only requirement for being an artist! It is also the most important skill for creative problem-solving. This hands-on workshop is designed to help students tap into their inner creative genius by fostering the practice of  “play”. We will transform everyday objects into unique art pieces, tools, and other forms of creative expression.

Additional Information:

• Materials are included

• Can be In-person or Virtual

• Grade range can be adapted to suit your needs

• Contact us for rates

RESIDENCIES

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All About Upcycling

Recommended Grade: Pre-K - 5th

Duration: 4 sessions / 10 sessions (60 minutes each)

Related Themes: Art, Recycling, Civics, Problem-Solving

What’s the difference between “recycling” and “upcycling”? Students will answer this question and more through process-based art activities designed to strengthen imaginations and challenge traditional forms of children’s art. The residency will culminate in a final project where students create a communal art piece that reflects their individual and collective identities.

Additional Information:

• Materials are included

• Can be In-person or Virtual

• Grade range can be adapted to suit your needs

• Contact us for rates

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Creative Storytelling

Recommended Grade: 2nd - 12th

Duration: 4 sessions / 10 sessions (60 minutes each)

Related Themes: Literacy/Creative Writing, Social-Emotional Learning, Theatre

Students will learn to become dynamic storytellers in this hands-on residency.  We will integrate found-object puppetry, theatre games, and various other techniques designed to help encourage imagination and radical creativity. With this residency, students will have the opportunity to create and perform their own unique story or fable.

Additional Information:

• Materials are included

• Can be In-person or Virtual

• Grade range can be adapted to suit your needs

• Contact us for rates

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Bring The Lesson To Life

Professional Development for Educators 

What It Is

This workshop is designed for educators interested in learning how to infuse creative storytelling techniques into their lesson plans.  Using various games and exercises, we will tap into our inner thespian and develop the skills necessary to create dynamic learning experiences.  Stories can transport us to another world, where we discover fascinating characters and new experiences. They encourage us to to use our imaginations, one of the most powerful tools for learning and growing. Using the V.I.P. Method — which emphasizes Variation, Imagination, and Participation — we will become V.I.P storytellers!

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How It Works

Capacity: 6-24 Participants

Location: Your school or professional development venue

Duration: 90 Minutes

WARNING: There will be an abundance of silly voices and sounds; Humorless individuals need not attend.

In-person only. Contact us for rates.

“Usually, I dread going to professional development days because the trainings can be so dry, uneventful and redundant. It was so fun to focus on a part of teaching that is exciting; it reminded me how much I love watching my students enjoy and understand literary concepts and enjoy the process of storytelling. It also served as a great team building exercise as it caused us all to be a little more vulnerable and trust each other to be silly!”

Brittany Fogarty - K-5 EC Teacher, Iredell Charter Academy

“The workshop was great! I love how Christian had us do concrete practice and then moved into theory and putting the theory into practice.  That is how we think about early-childhood education too, so it was perfect!”

Yäel Stempfelet - Director, Vets Kids Imagine Early Learning Center

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