Teaching Artistry

2016 Moving Stories - Shaktoolik, Alaska

During a two-week residency, Sarah led Shaktoolik students K-8 in the creation of collaborative theatre pieces.  Students made pieces connected to grade-specific studies including animal life cycles, seasonal changes, and scary stories.  Sarah led high school students in development of characters and individual monologues.  At completion of the residency, students performed for one another and community members. 

2015 Raven Stole the Sun - Angoon, Alaska

Sarah collaborated with Angoon students and teachers to create and perform an original play sharing the story of how Raven brought light to the world.  Angoon educator Pauline Duncan led students to use Tlingit songs and dance in telling the story.  Sarah led Junior High and High School students in studying traditional versions of the story, learning elements of playwriting, and writing the story as a play.  She worked with 4th-12th grade students to build papier-mâché puppets to represent characters, and K-2nd grade students to create props and scenery.  Students K-12 performed ‘Raven Stole the Sun’ for a community audience on November 12, 2015.

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Angoon Students Stage 'Raven Stole The Sun'

This project was sponsored by the Alaska State Arts Council and Chatham School District through the Artists in Schools program. 

2015 Gustavus Puppet Project - Gustavus, Alaska

Sarah led 75 Gustavus students in the design and creation of giant puppets.  Each grade level made a distinct style of puppet: some stood over 10 feet tall, others required 15 students to move!  Each puppet was formed from a combination of papier-mâché, cardboard, and common house-hold "junk" (plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc.)  The theme for the project was "Wild Things", inspired by Maurice Sendak's famous book.  Students read and studied the story, then had the opportunity to build their own wild things.  The project culminated in a Puppet Parade (and dance!) for a community audience on Oct 30, 2015. 

This project was sponsored by the Alaska State Arts Council and Chatham School District through the Artists in Schools program, and utilized supplies donated by the Juneau Empire and Fred Meyers of Juneau.

 

2015 Workshop: Creating Characters From Movement - Tenakee Springs, Alaska

During a two-day residency, Sarah worked with students to create and perform unique pieces of theatre.  Students studied pedestrian movement, as well as gesture, rhythm, and tableau.  They then used their knowledge of physical movement to create gaits and gestures for new characters.  Students developed monologues for their characters, and performed them for a peer audience on October 8, 2015. 

This project was sponsored by the Alaska State Arts Council and Chatham School District through the Artists in Schools program. 

2015 Once Upon This Volcano & Bad Birthday - Klukwan, Alaska

Sarah worked with students in Klukwan to create and tell stories through movement, text, and performance.  Sarah led students in theatre and movement exercises to develop their kinesthetic and ensemble skills.  These activities sparked ideas for stories, and Sarah led each group of students to work together to create one collective story per class.  The stories were verbalized, drawn, and written as text.  Students developed movements to illustrate the stories, and performed  'Once Upon This Volcano' and 'Bad Birthday' for an audience of community members Sept 25, 2015.  

This project was sponsored by the Alaska State Arts Council and Chatham School District through the Artists in Schools program. 

 

 

 

2015 Shapes and Movement - Sitka, Alaska

Through a two-week residency at Baranof Elementary School, Sarah worked with 180 Kindergarten and 1st grade students to develop kinesthetic skills.  Students learned how to make geometric shapes with their bodies, and expanded their movement vocabularies to include elements of gesture, rhythm, and motion/stillness.  Students connected movement skills and marine ecology studies through the creation of 'Marine Tableaus'. 

This project was sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and Sitka School District through the Artists in Schools program.