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GAP Gears Up for Kennedy Center Workshop Leader Daniel Barash


Daniel Barash: Exploring Story Elements through Shadow Puppetry

October 19th 8 am-3 pm

Daniel Barash is one of 43 national Kennedy Center Workshop Leaders. He trains teachers how to use shadow puppetry with their students in workshops that are engaging, hands-on, and directly adaptable to the classroom. Shadow puppetry, with its bold shapes, vivid colors, and dramatic movement, is a highly engaging art form that allows students to express their understanding through visual art, drama, and writing. In this workshop, teachers discover how to create and use shadow puppets to explore story elements. Participants first learn shadow puppetry techniques and discover ways students can use shadow puppetry to explore character, setting, problem, resolution, story structure, and language. Participants then experience how students can create puppets and scenery to dramatically bring stories created through a “Story Challenge Game” to life behind the shadow screen.


Posted in Arts Experiences, Greenville Public School District, Professional Development

NEW Pilot Program with GPSD

This spring we are starting a pilot professional development program for self selecting teaching in the Greenville Public School District. Three different courses will be offered between February and May to focus on major art forms including visual arts (paper mache), dance, and music. This intensive training will offer 0.6 CEU credits and is FREE for interested participants ($15 checks/money order will need to be paid for individuals interested in receiving CEU credit).

The first course, paper mache, will be taught over 3 sessions as follows:

February 21st from 4-6:30 pm at E.E. Bass (323 South Main Street):

Participants will spend a full afternoon on February 21st, with practicing artist Kim Guthrie where they will learn the basics of how to create paper mache projects. In this session, Kim will introduce the vocabulary of paper mache, how the elements of “recycled” art can be used in the classroom, and how to create paper mache projects. Classroom sets of materials will be provided to participants.

February 28th from 4-6 pm at E.E. Bass (323 South Main Street):

Teachers will return to work with Megan Hines, Arts in Education Coordinator at the Greenville Arts Council, where they will explore the curriculum connections to accompany the paper mache visual arts method. They will work on generating a lesson plan in grade groups and with collaborate with peers from their campuses.

March 1-21st at GPSD campuses:

Between March 1st and March 21st, Megan will schedule a follow up session to provide follow up feedback and coaching as you implement paper mache in your classroom. This may include Megan coming to observe you in your classroom to provide feedback or meeting with a team at your school (after hours or during planning periods). The goal of the final session is to make updates to lessons, reflect on the learning process, and receive feedback on how the lessons are being delivered in their classes.

Check back for progress on the series and to learn more about other opportunities this spring!