Arianna Ross ~ Story Tapestries

 
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  Workshops and residencies for:  
  Children: Pre k-6th grade  
 


Using storytelling and the arts in the classroom has proven to be an empowering and educational tool for both the teller/ teacher and the listener/ student. Storytelling and the arts have shown to improve self-confidence, listening skills, cooperation, critical/creative thinking skills and literacy.

All workshops can be adapted to different themes and/or curricular needs as necessary. In addition, Arianna is accustomed to working with a wide range of physical and mental abilities; therefore she is able to adjust her teaching to suit different learning styles and abilities. A single session for children is a recommended minimum of 45 minutes. There is no maximum, as each of these single workshops can be turned into long-term residencies. The Artist will supply a majority of the instruments and/or props needed for the sessions.

 

Wonderfully Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Motivate and Improve Literacy

Discovering the Power of the Written Word: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Motivate Students to Become Authors

His-story, Her-story, Our-Story: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama and Writing to Dramatize Perspectives in Social Studies

Stories in Motion

Arts-Integrated Story-Telling & Story-Writing

Play and Tell

A Taste of Storytelling [2nd-6th grade]

Story Play

Discovering the Power of the Written Word [2nd-6th grade]

Explaining Science Through Story

Nature's Rhythm [Pre K-3rd grade]

Documentary Storytelling: Using words and photographs to tell Our Story [4th-6th grade]

Musical Stories

Indian Folk Forms, a lecture demonstration

Collaged Stories

Laughter as a Healer [3rd-6th grade]

Wonderfully Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to motivate and improve literacy

Adventures, Comic characters and Mishaps-Silly letter stories are a perfect genre for encouraging students' language development. This residency helps students recognize and hear the different phonetic sounds and the dolce while discovering how to write a short story. Together, we write and dramatize a story using a word containing the target sound in every sentence.

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Discovering the Power of the Written Word: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Motivate Students to Become Authors

From the beginning of time, writing has had the ability to empower, anger, hurt, encourage, or excite someone. Through a series of creative writing exercises and the process of writing a true story or a piece of fiction, students discover the power of their own words to persuade someone to feel a particular emotion. This residency creates an atmosphere where students may redefine and/or polish their own written voice. The end result of the residency is a piece of writing ready to be displayed at the school.

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His-story, Her-story, Our-Story: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama and Writing to Dramatize Perspectives in Social Studies

Storytelling and Drama provide the perfect bridge from rote memorization of historical facts to a deeper learning that develops comprehension and empathy for events and people. In this residency, classes are divided into small group "families" that personify the diverse perspectives that exist during a significant historical conflict, Students develop a narrated group story based on their exploration of points of view through creative drama, storytelling and character journaling.

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Stories in Motion

Contradiction Dance and Story Tapestries will team up to bring this event to your venue as a workshop or residency. Discover new techniques that you can use in the future to give a speech, tell a story or even perform in a play or a dance concert. Learn how to integrate creative writing, story-telling, and dance skills into one cohesive experience. Students perform their own "Story in Motion" as a final presentation event.

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Arts-Integrated Story-Telling & Story-Writing

Pre K-3, 4-6, 6-8 9-12 Versions available. Design your own residency. Match your curriculum with Arianna’s strengths as an artist and teacher. Create a residency that is the right balance for your classroom of storytelling, writing, drama, and movement. Allow the creative process to guide your students’ ability to synthesis and evaluate their understanding of new areas of learning.

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Play and Tell

Re-tell your favorite stories while dancing, singing, and playing instruments from around the world. Through the art of play, deepen your students understanding of story sequencing; increase their language development; knowledge of other cultures; their ability to work as a team.

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A Taste of Storytelling [2nd-6th grade]

Discover what it takes to perform a story from memory. Learn specific storytelling techniques that you can use in the future to give a speech, tell a story or even perform in a play. Create the beginning of and structure for an entire story that you can share with a friend, a child, or at a performance venue.

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Story Play

A special extended version of Play and Tell with a minimum of 10 sessions. Explore the art of storytelling with the intention of creating a play. This program culminates in a performance written, designed and performed by the students under the artist's guidance. The show can be a series of single story scenes tied together by a theme or a full-length play.

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Discovering the Power of the Written Word [2nd-6th grade]

From the beginning of time written words have had the ability to change the way a person thinks or feels. Through a series of creative writing exercises, students discover the power of their own words to create an imaginary place, to tell a story, to persuade someone, to teach, etc. The end result of the residency can be a newspaper article, a short story or a novel.

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Explaining Science Through Story

In ancient times, people explained a scientific phenomenon with a story. Through process drama exercises and storytelling, the students will discover the how's and why's of science. They could explore either a specific scientific process or answer an overarching question such as "Why the Desert is expanding?"

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Nature's Rhythm [Pre K-3rd grade]

When you listen to a storm or walk through the forest, you can hear nature's special symphony. How can you re-create the musical story of nature? Discover how many different rhythms you can create using instruments from Brazil, Africa, India and Ireland.

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Documentary Storytelling: Using words and photographs to tell Our Story [4th-6th grade]

Stories and photographs have served as a vehicle for personal and historical reflection in the past and present. Look at how in the course of history people have documented their lives through photographs and written word. Create your own short photo-documentary that either reflects a subject you have studied or a piece of your own family history.

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Musical Stories

Discover new ways to tell stories. Turn off the words and discover how sounds can carry the images. How can you create the picture of a young girl lost in the desert without showing it with your body or specific vocabulary? Turn the words back on and reveal how much more powerful your story can become with the combination of music, dance and spoken word.

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Indian Folk Forms, a lecture demonstration

Play with instruments and touch artifacts from small villages all over India. Listen to a short story, watch a documentary film and participate in a dance demonstration on different types of Traditional Indian Art Forms. Walk away with a new familiarity with a culture perhaps different than your own.

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Collaged Stories

Have you ever torn out pages from a magazine and made a collage? Learn new techniques for creating a collage out of a wide- variety of mediums: paint, photographs, magazines, tissue paper, ink…. Depending on the age group we would use different advanced techniques for creating a large-scale mural. Remember: our mural will tell a story!

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Laughter as a Healer [3rd-6th grade]

Art often helps people to overcome personal difficulties. We will discover the art of the "Smart Clown" and create our own personal physical comedies. This work is based on my years with Bansi Kaul's renowned theatre troupe, Rang Vidushak, in Bhopal, India.

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