Wolf Trap teaching artists lead these interactive sessions (~45 min.), providing children and their parents/caregivers an opportunity to share a stimulating live arts experience.
Family Involvement Workshops give parents a glimpse into what children learn during Wolf Trap Institute classroom residencies, as well as arts-integrated activities they can use at home, in the car, and even in line at the grocery store.
Just a few workshop examples
A Crocodile’s Tale
Katherine Lyons, creative drama artist and actor and DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, presents A Crocodile’s Tale. She uses body movements, props, chants, character voices, and audience interaction to tell the delightful story of the relationship between man and nature, as well as how to respect the earth and all living creatures.
Scalawag Stories and Songs
Get to know mischievous animals through stories and songs. Christina Farrell, drama and music artist and Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap teaching artist, uses creative movement, sound effects, and refrains to share favorite picture books, folk tales, and traditional songs about animals gone awry. Audiences are invited to help solve problems caused by the troublemakers, creating fun for the whole family.
Journey to Africa: Sharing Family Experiences
Kofi Dennis, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist, shows parents how to adapt songs, rituals, and activities from other cultures into their family’s daily routine. Participants take an imaginary journey to explore movements, sounds, and instruments of different West African traditions.
Rachel Knudson, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist shares how dance can bring out a child’s creativity while teaching important skills. She uses props, rhythm instruments, and a wide variety of music. This workshop focuses on fun and appropriate movements for building the body and the brain.
JOURNEY TO AFRICA: Sharing Family Experiences
Kofi Dennis, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
This family workshop introduces many exciting ways to adapt songs, rituals, and activities from other cultures to every family’s daily routine. Participants will take an imaginary journey to share in the movements, sounds, and instruments of different West African traditions.
ARTSPLAY FAMILY SING
Valerie Carroll, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
How often do most parents get to spend 45 minutes singing and moving with their children? This interactive session includes songs that babies can enjoy as much as their older siblings. Songs and chants featuring call-and-response, imaginative movement, hand signs, and puppets will engage and energize the whole family. Parents will find out how to sing a story, act out a song, and learn new tunes that are so simple they’ll be humming them all the way home.
AND THE BEAT GOES ON
Cynthia Elek, Arizona Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Using songs from many nations as a starting point, learn how to greet and dance and musically warm up body parts from head to toe with your child! Songs will be enhanced with simple movements, props and percussion instruments. This family experience will culminate with an interactive book or story that incorporates singing, chanting and body percussion
BIG BEAR/LITTLE BEAR
Steve Elm, New York City Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Sego! Sego is how we say "hello" in the Oneida language. Wolf Trap artist Steve Elm, a member of the Oneida Indian Nation of Wisconsin, invites you and your family to join him in an interactive, culturally rich evening of drama on Turtle Island. This workshop illustrates how child centered techniques are used as a tool to promote and develop emergent literacy skills, including critical thinking and problem solving skills.
SCALAWAG STORIES AND SONGS
Christina Farrell, Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
You won’t forget these stories and songs about mischievous animals! Wolf Trap drama and music artist, Christina Farrell, uses creative movement, sound effects and refrains to share favorite picture books, folk tales and traditional songs about animals gone awry. Audiences are invited to help solve the problems caused by the troublemakers – creating fun for the whole family!
Paige Hernandez, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
This interactive family workshop dramatizes differences and similarities in family generations, culture, and dance. In this hip-hop theatre arts performance workshop, Paige presents her original work based loosely on her experience as a performer with African American Roots and a Latino Soul. Her story teaches us to be creative and unique using our heritage and family values as inspiration. The audience will see three generations of women who are determined to keep their spirit, passion, and culture alive!
EVERYBODY COMES FROM A DIFFERENT PLACE
Slim Harrison, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Explore the diverse “Roots” of our American Folk Music and Dance Heritage while “a good old time is had by all!” Folk music and dances are designed to bring people together to have fun while “Learning by Doing”. Join in the “Jugband” with washboards, spoons, washtub bass, jugs, stumpf-fiddles, limberjacks, whammydiddles & skiffleboards. Simple folk dances are briefly taught and the whole family can join in circles, reels & square dances.
Rachel Knudson, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Come explore the magic of dance with props, rhythm instruments and a wide variety of music. Learn how to support and encourage your child’s growth through movement activities that engage all types of learners. This workshop focuses on fun and appropriate movements for building the body and the brain.
A CROCODILE’S TALE
Katherine Lyons, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Teaching Artist
Join us for this story dramatization of A Crocodile’s Tale, presented by Wolf Trap creative drama artist and actor, Katherine Lyons. Katherine uses body movements, props, chants, character voices, and audience interaction to tell the delightful story of the relationship between man and nature and how to respect the earth and all living creatures.A Crocodile’s Tale is a wonderful story for all children and their families to enjoy together!
PUPPETS BRING STORIES TO LIFE
Kathleen Lynam, Nashville Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Children love puppets! Learn how to transform kitchen utensils into puppets, engage your child with finger play glove puppets, and retell stories with finger puppets! An easy-to-make finger puppet pattern provided for a great project to do at home with your children.
Joe Pipik, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Joe will explore the power of puppets through original stories. Puppets have the power to pique children’s curiosity, focus attention and incite enthusiasm for learning.
TAKING CHANCES - MAKING DANCES
Laura Schandelmeier, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Come dance and sing together! How can you jump like a rabbit? Can you “jump” with your hands? How can you use your body to jump on a low level? Learn how to make a dance phrase with your child based on a character from a book. Explore the setting of a story with Interactive Movement Experiences. Learn how to create an environment for movement exploration and vocabulary development through the Descriptive Language Strategy.
GOOD VIBRATIONS EVERYWHERE!
Sue Trainor, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Singing together creates good vibrations, here and everywhere you go. Take some home! You and your child are sure to enjoy playing with these imaginative songs, singing games and chants (which also happen to be great for teaching pre-reading skills and for redirecting behavior – shhh!).
RHYTHM, CHANTS, AND SPACE GAMES: Movement For Memory
John Taylor, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
A highly energetic workshop led by John “Kinderman” Taylor integrates rhythms, movements and simple body part chants with more intricate spatial awareness games to demonstrate activities which help children identify and recall concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, community relationships, modes of transportation and action verbs. Finger spelling and American Sign Language are incorporated as an aid in teaching the alphabet and developing fine motor skills. Sequencing games also build concentration, self-control and memory.
CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN
Terlene D. Terry-Todd, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Join Ms. T on a trip to the sunny West Indies, a journey full of songs, dances and stories. You and your family will take an imaginary voyage to the seashore and a Caribbean market place while exploring props and costumes which bring songs and dances from the Caribbean to life.
Jeanne Wall, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Story telling, puppetry and music bring to life tales about insects from different parts of the world. Jeanne uses imaginative props to convey these educational tales from Africa, Mexico and Native America. Using an interactive story telling style, Jeanne brings her audience into the stories creating lots of family fun.
READY, SET, IMAGINE!
Michele Valeri, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
In this interactive family workshop you will discover how the world of imagination can make learning fun everywhere and everyday, for you and your child. Learn various storytelling techniques that will help open your child's door to reading, verbalizing, and problem solving.