Arianna Ross ~ Story Tapestries

 
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  Workshops and residencies for:  
  Young Adults: 6th-12th 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.

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

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

Story Play

Discovering the Power of the Written Word

Documentary Storytelling: Using words and photographs to tell Our Story

Musical Stories [6th-8th grade]

Indian Folk Forms, a lecture demonstration

Laughter as a Healer

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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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

An extended version of Taste of Storytelling 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

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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Documentary Storytelling: Using words and photographs to tell Our Story

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 [6th-8th grade]

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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Laughter as a Healer

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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