No, we’re not talking about this year’s Best Picture winner (although we DID love it!) We’re talking about springtime at Arts for Learning where we have so much going on—new residencies, workshops, public performances, and more for students from Pre-K to 12th grade! Residencies Strings Impact: Fourth through sixth graders at three elementary schools in […]
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The second season of Spread Kindness (Not Germs) features kid-friendly puppets and some very catchy tunes. This series of ten original music videos focuses on social-emotional wellness for elementary students, with topics ranging from self-control and facing your fears to persistence and goal-setting. The videos come complete with age-appropriate lesson plans and a lyric book so students can sing along with the music. The learning management system on our website gives educators direct access to the videos.
Using the art of magic to captivate students, circus artist Harold Wood takes your students on an enchanted tour through the library. Highlighting the resources in the library such as the encyclopedia, dictionary, and atlas, Mr. Wood's program carries a strong reading message. Throughout this entertaining performance, his magic calls attention to facts, methods, and mnemonics useful in research and library use.
As unstructured as it may sound to the untrained ear, jazz follows several rules and structures. Similarly, the English language has rules and structures that we follow and even bend a little. American Jazz explores nouns, verbs, adjectives and other parts of speech allows us to parallel, compare, and contrast music with language. This exciting program will motivate students to learn literacy tools and techniques with the help of music.
Harold Wood uses magic, a unicycle, and even his pet rabbit, Buster Bunny, as a hook to make learning math fun. Students learn the importance of math in our everyday lives as Harold juggles and clowns around with numbers. Estimation, multiplication, division, geometry, the elements of measurement, and adding and subtracting fractions with a common denominator are all infused with hilarity in this fast-paced program.
Join Hampton Roads’ visual artist Karen Spaulding as she teaches students how to draw and paint botanical specimens using watercolor. In this one-hour program, Karen shows students how to sketch flowers and plants from observation while teaching about color awareness, simple design principles, and shadows and light. Karen demonstrates various watercolor techniques and shares pieces from her body of work as well as advice on becoming a working artist.
Students will sail the Caribbean seas on the sound waves of steel drums with Gary Garlic as he charts a course in music and cultural awareness via a historical and musical demonstration. Students learn how the outlawing of drums on many Caribbean islands led to people innovating and inventing instruments from steel. As a result, a unique sound and art form was created. Learn how the people of the Caribbean claimed their independence as they developed an art all their own.
Via Goode will take you on story journeys of adventure, curiosity, and discovery. In her tales are hidden surprises, moments of intrigue, and long-lasting memorable learning opportunities targeted for the young mind and the curious at heart. Travel through foreign lands, meet unique characters and practice the art of listening, as Ms. Goode transports you into the stories of others’ lives.
Hear the uniquely American story of Martha Ann Fields, an enslaved cook, and one of Virginia’s unsung heroes. Celebrated storyteller and actor, Valerie Davis, captures the physical, historical, and spiritual essence of this formerly enslaved woman from the Nutshell Plantation in Hanover County as she reveals this true story of love, longing, faith, betrayal, and courage.
Hailed as the “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement” Coretta Scott King comes to life in this moving performance from Valerie Davis. From her marriage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to her life spent in dedication to political activism, audiences will discover the triumphs and tribulations of an American legend at the forefront of the fight for human rights. Through music, stories, and interaction Coretta asks us all to answer the question: What will you do to combat injustice?
What was it like to grow up in Hitler’s Germany, to be drawn in by his words, and then to choose another path? In this program, meet Hans and Sophie Scholl, brother and sister whose ability to see led them to choose the path of resistance, no matter the consequences.
We all have a voice. But if you are silent though your cause is just, how can you make a difference? In the 1950s and 1960s one person, and then another, decided that they could no longer let their voices be silent; together they formed the Civil Rights Movement. The voices that rose from the Civil Rights Movement helped us learn how to effect social change.
Frederick Douglass shares his true tales of his life of being enslaved, his escape to freedom, and his rise as a great writer, orator, and abolitionist. Mr. Douglass emphasizes the importance of reading and writing as well as learning history and developing a strong sense of civic responsibility. Mr. Douglass will recite an excerpt from his most famous speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July,”
In this captivating program, Karim Nagi performs on multiple instruments and does a traditional dance from the Arab world. His goal is to give young audiences an uplifting impression of Arab and Muslim culture, beyond the news headlines of terror and uprising. As an Arab-American, Karim bridges the east-west cultural gap in a most profound yet entertaining way.
In this dynamic video, students will learn about animals and their natural habitats. Animals are dependent on their environment and these artists introduce songs to help students understand why this is so important. Primates, giraffes, and elephants are only a few of the animals your students will come to know. Students will understand the wildlife classification system and so much more.
Join Art Song Duo as they travel through six stories that show the building blocks of developing a friendship. Dance, sing, and clap to this interactive program that shows important qualities of character, respect, inclusion, and persistence.
Dylan Pritchett brings the early days of slavery to life in this enriching program, using traditional slave tales with hidden meanings that serve to educate and celebrate African American history. These stories are wound together with themes of family strength and lessons that teach about character and survival.
Harold Wood’s “colorful” program will leave your young audiences “pink” with delight. Early learners will be entertained and amazed while strengthening reasoning and motor skills, and cognitive thinking. Virginia’s early learning building blocks are reinforced through number sequence, letter recognition, color identification, and language development. Furry “white” Buster Bunny is featured in the “red” hot finale.
More than an outstanding entertainer, Harold Wood teaches about self-esteem as he introduces the audience to the performers in a circus. Using imagination and creativity, this performer shows how to change characters using voice, movement, and facial expression. Children learn that what makes us different also makes us special. High energy hijinks await your students in Harold’s hilarious and inspirational performance. Wit, magic, and humor fill all three rings of this circus in a one-man show.
Join Dino O'Dell on an adventure to all seven continents. Swim with piranhas, climb Mount Everest, and visit King Tut’s tomb as we learn about history, culture, geography, and even cuisine. (Who loves pizza?) This interactive music and storytelling trip takes students on an engaging and educational voyage around the world.
Sheila Arnold shares the struggles and triumphs of the real-life African Americans who made history in the Lower Norfolk area (now Chesapeake) in a program that spans from the 1500s to the early 1900s.
In this series of "Spread Kindness (Not Germs)" videos, students will meet Artie the Ant and his puppet friends who explore social-emotional learning in an engaging, kid-friendly way. Topics range from self-talk and handling frustration to facing fears and showing respect to others.