ARTFARM offers educational programs for grades kindergarten through
adults, from single classes to extended residencies. If you don't find
what you are looking for among the listed educational opportunities,
contact us to create a program to fit your needs. ARTFARM specializes
in four main areas: Ensemble-Created New Works, Shakespeare, Circus
Arts and Commedia dell' Arte.
ENSEMBLE CREATED NEW WORKS (Subject matter adaptable from fourth grade through college/adult)
Accessing the multiple intelligences, these workshops
generate and develop material from students' own life perspectives
(including historical and literary resources) as well as foster growth
in curricular areas. The group will select a theme and dynamically
transfer this material onto the stage.
In a safe, structured environment, we develop skills in and promote:
- individual work / personal responsibility
- ensemble work / group responsibility
- reading and research
- writing poetry, monologues and scenes
- psycho-physical work
- breath and body work
- speech and articulation
- basic stage presentation
- theme exploration
- effective communication
- emotional literacy
SHAKESPEARE ALIVE! (Adaptable for most age groups)
This is a residency in which an ARTFARM artist works intensively with a
group or groups of students to bring the language, characters and world
of Shakespeare to life. The residency combines active exercises and
scene work with text analysis (examining metrical structure, literary
devices as tools for revealing plot, emotion and
action), leading to an ‘off the page and onto your feet' approach to
the work. This is an exciting technique for bringing Shakespeare's
language, plots and characters to life for students who might otherwise
struggle with the
challenging language and metrical structure and
become permanently turned off to Shakespeare. The ideal “Shakespeare
Alive!” residency begins with a performance of ARTFARM's Shakespeare's Argument for the students and
culminates in a Shakespeare performance by the students for the school community.
THIRTY MINUTE MIDSUMMER (Grades five and up)The
characters, language and plot of one of Shakespeare's most beautiful
and accessible plays are brought to life in this residency. Over a
minimum of six sessions students rehearse and present a thirty minute
version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
CIRCUS ARTS AND RELATED TOPICS (Ages six to adult)
ARTFARM's Circus Arts Residencies can offer your straightforward circus training (acrobatics, juggling, balancing, clowning, plate spinning, hooping, slapstick & more), training leading to a group performance, or circus training leading to a performance incorporating curricular goals. RecentResidency performances have
included Mathemagical Circus, Circus History of the World, and Circus of Science.
INTRODUCTION TO CIRCUS SKILLS (All ages)
An age -appropriate introduction to juggling, acrobatics, physical comedy and
other circus skills. Can be offered as a 90 minute one-off workshop, or
extended into the Instant Circus model described below.
For more extended CIRCUS training, see RESIDENCIES.
We are currently (Fall, 2013) developing a new science-related circus workshop/residency for grades 3 - 8 called The Physics of Circus. Be in touch with us to become a Physic of Circus Pilot Site and get a great rate!
INSTANT CIRCUS or CIRCUS IN A DAY
This model involves 3 teaching artists and a stage
manager/costumer. It can engage up to 45 young people in an intensive day of
circus arts culminating in an Instant Circus presentation for
parents and friends. The morning is spent introducing the participants to
several circus skills, including clowning and slapstick, acrobatics and
equilibristics, juggling and object manipulation. After lunch the participants
are divided into three “acts”, which will rehearse first separately, then
together in preparation for the Instant Circus.
DEVELOPMENTAL DRAMA (Grades K-12)
non-performance classroom teaching technique that allows for students
to explore their curriculum, themselves and their environment through
multiple paths of intelligence that are fostered through drama.
Locomotion, emotional intelligence, sequencing, story dramatization,
and theme-based exercises are cultivated at age appropriate levels.
CLOWN CHARACTER AND PHYSICAL COMEDY (Grades K-12)
comedy fundamentals and the creation of personal clown characters
combine to open new doors of learning, communication and expression.
The liberating experience can be adapted for any age group,
kindergarten through adult.
COMMEDIA AMERICANA (Grades 8-Adult)
the characters and scenarios of the Comedia Americana aimed at college
students, this age appropriate adaptation is geared for adventurous
high school theater programs. (*see University section)
ORGANIC SHAKESPEARE (Grades 8-Adult)
the fertile earth of Shakespeare's world. Play with the rhythm of meter
and the dynamic of rhetoric and discover how the use and placement of
language reveals psychological and plot shifts, moments of emotional
truth and action! Learn how to access resources, analyze text and
reveal character. On your feet, into your mouths and off the page; this
is how it should be done.
SEEDS OF MOVEMENT (Grades 8-Adult)
Kinesthetic approach to theater, designed to cultivate organic
impulses, nurture trust, communication and spatial awareness as well as
develop emotional and physical literacy.