Throughout the year, PHT offers in-school workshops and programs to enhance your class’s experience and understanding of the joy and power of the arts in expression. Through these sessions, we connect professional Artist-Educators with young people of all ages in the classroom.
The Firefly Project (Grades K-2)
Based on the work of early years practitioner Vivian Paley, the Firefly Project provides an opportunity for the very young in our schools to communicate with each other through writing, drama and art. The project helps build a community of learners who listen to each other and learn to express themselves freely.
Beyond the literary and art-based skills offered in this program, each child is provided a safe, supportive place to show the other students who they are: it gives each child a voice in the class and a space to have that voice heard. The art of writing stories and acting them out, allows each child to listen to one another and empathize with each other’s worlds.
Presentation House Theatre (PHT) administrates the Firefly Project and, with help from ArtStarts, professional actors and visual artists facilitate it.
Average Project Length: 3 weeks
Cost: Minimal to schools. Supported by ArtStarts Grant and PHT. Determined by number of classes and students involved.
So How Should I Be (Grades 6 – 8)
So, How Should I Be workshops help students to reflect on their personal identities and how these identities fit into their larger communities. Drama, visual and media arts are used to facilitate exploration and discussion amongst the students about the influence of peer pressure, social and/or mass media on their sense of themselves.
Following the five 90-minute sessions, students will have a deeper understanding of who they are, who their classmates are, and their own place in their classroom community. They will be aware of how the media works to manipulate people’s sense of themselves, and have the tools to question the impacts, both positive and negative, that social media can have on them.
The goal of the facilitators is not to approach the work with all the answers, but frame themselves as researchers. They are developing the play, So How Should I Be for this age group, and seek to learn what these students think and feel about themselves and the role of social and mass media in their lives.
Project Length: Up to Five Class Sessions
Contact Doris at 604.990.3473 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about these projects, and upcoming workshops related to specific shows.