MFTA’s educators have developed an exciting menu of programming for the 2010-2011 school year.
FAMILY AND PARENT ACTIVITIES
These are drop in style projects for all ages best suited for events with multiple activities going on at the same time, such as a fair, parent and teacher conferences or an open school night. All activities are held at the school or community location
Make n’ Take– Teaching artists from MFTA host tables that have one specific simple project. The artists assist participants with their projects but there is not one set instruction time. The participants come to the table and make their piece at their own pace and then move on to other activities. The tables can usually accommodate up to 15 participants at a time.
Participants keep their creations. Standard Project Themes for this activity include: Buckle Bugs/Reuse Creatures, Musical Shakers, Wishing Sticks, Crowns, Blossom Pom-Pom Flowers and Reuse Bag Flowers. Projects can also be customized for an event theme.
2 hours, 2 teaching artists, all supplies are included $475
School & Community Project– This activity can operate as a drop in for projects such as the “buttons n’ stuff” collage and a community weaving or as a large group project, done at the same time, such as Community Quilt Patches. 2 hours, 2 teaching artists, all supplies are included, final project remains at the site. $475
One Hour Workshops– One teaching artist will lead a workshop for up to 50 participants. Participants should be parents or families who will work together. The teaching artist will walk the participants through the creation of their project and show them several examples to develop ideas from. Topics include Hat making and Mask Making which bring out the creativity in everyone and thrive with diverse cultures and age groups.
1 artist, all supplies are included – $400
Two Hour Workshops– One teaching artist will lead a workshop for up to 50 participants. Participants will work together to create 1-2 puppets per group and should be parents or families who will work together. The teaching artist will walk the participants through the creation of their project and show them several examples to develop ideas from. Topics include Puppets: sock, stick, hinge jaw or giant 2 person controlled and Books: envelope, 3 or 5 hole stitch, tunnel or accordion. $475, 1 artist, all supplies are included.
Students can come to our facility to get a warehouse tour, have a discussion on what reuse is all about, and make their own project to take back with them to school. Choose from our menu of topics below or tell us about what you are working on in the classroom and we will design a project just for you.
We schedule field trips in two shifts, 10:00-11:50 am & 1:00-2:50pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Trips are 1:50 minutes. You can add an extra 20 minutes for a lunch time without any extra cost. Schools are required to secure their own transportation. Afternoon trips work best for classes that can walk to MFTA or take the train. Please be mindful of bus maintenance days when requesting dates for trips. Cost is $175 for up to 28 students and necessary chaperones. A $25 deposit is required to hold a date for a trip.
• Buckle Bugs and Reuse Creatures, for Kindergarten and up
• Hats and Crowns, for Kindergarten and up
• Wishing Sticks, for Kindergarten and up
• Mask Making, for 3rd Grade and up
• Puppets, for 4th Grade and up
• Books, Middle School and up
• No-Sew Costumes, High School
MFTA offers two different Professional Development courses for P-Credits, Creative Infusion: Art & Reuse in the Classroom and Raw Fibers: The Art of Fabric. Each class introduces unique projects and methods for art integration across curriculum areas. Sessions are designed to provide differentiation for multiple grade and skill levels and to give participants novel techniques for utilizing low or no cost supplies. Participants may register for credit through the New York City After School Professional Development Program,
Creative Infusion (for K-12 educators) consists of hands-on art making workshops and focuses on incorporating arts into established curriculum by creatively addressing the Standards and Multiple Blueprint Strands. Sessions include: Art of Reuse – an introduction to materials and problem solving; Games & Game Boards – developing new games and replicating standard games for all subjects with reused materials; Bookmaking – the creation of book structures to complement a multitude of subjects; Theatre Arts (hats& masks), Puppetry – a spotlight on the communication of stories through various mediums and Mosaics-the integration of math and visual design. Emphasis will be placed on creating sustainable artwork: that which leaves no negative impact on the environment. Participants will utilize journaling, research and the sharing of best practices to develop lesson plans from course material for a variety of learning styles and levels that are relevant to their school. (3P credits) $195 + ASPDP fee ($100) = $295
Instructors: Joy Suarez & Susan Anderson
Saturdays, 9:30am- 4:30pm
9/25/2010, 10/2/2010, 10/16/2010, 10/23/2010, 10/30/2010
Raw Fibers: This studio class will take a single product, fabric, and work out the historical, economic, scientific, social and mathematical properties that are inherent in its use and production; all through hands-on art making. There will be four themes of hands-on practice: spinning, weaving, printing and batik. Participants will learn about the environmental impact of fabric and practice ways of reusing their materials throughout the course. Participants will utilize journaling, research and the sharing of best practices to develop lesson plans from course material for a variety of learning styles and levels that are relevant to their instructional setting. (Grades K-12, 3P credits) $250+ ASPDP fee ($100) = $350
Instructors: Joy Suarez & Susan Anderson
Saturdays, 9:30am- 4:30pm
11/13/2010, 11/20/2010, 12/4/2010, 12/11/2010, 12/18/2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
9:00 AM – 3:00PM
Join teaching artists Joy Suarez and Susan Springer Anderson as they host 2 all day workshops during the City wide staff development day in the MFTA Education Center. Each workshop consists of an Instructor led demonstration and hands on work time. Instructions include multiple techniques to differentiate for various grade and skill levels. Participants will leave with an MFTA classroom starter kit. Lunch will be provided.
Cost $55 per person
Story Weaving- It’s no small coincidence that stories are also called yarns and that we weave tales. The connections between woven art pieces and storytelling are ancient and fascinating. In this workshop we will explore how to use visual design elements to become the key elements of a story. Participants will learn how to make a loom from just about anything and how to utilize these simple techniques in practical projects to connect to ELA, Math and Social Studies curriculum.
Book Making: Soup to Nuts- In this workshop we will run through the basics of book forms, creation techniques and novel uses for this age old structure. Discover new and simple ways to compile all of the draft forms of student work and how to create polished looks for the stories that make it to publishing. Focus is placed on utilizing simple techniques and available materials to create functional and beautiful books for all subjects.
Custom Designed Workshops for Your School
Our creative team of teaching artists will share fresh ideas with the staff at your school for arts integration and hands on learning. Development workshops can be held at the MFTA Education Center or at your school location. Workshops are 2 hours long and can accommodate up to 30 staff members. At MFTA -$425/session, at school site $500/session. A $25 deposit is required to hold a date for a workshop.
• Hat Making
• Mask Making
• Games & Game Boards
• Introduction to Puppets
• Shadow Puppets
• Advanced Puppets, 2-3 person controlled puppets
• Intro to Bookmaking
• Pop-up books
• Advanced bookmaking- bind a hard cover book (2 session class)
• Batiking ($20 materials fee)
• Found Object Printing ($20 materials fee)
• The Art of Reuse
• Paper Recycling/Paper Making
• No-Sew Costumes (at MFTA only)
• Mobiles and Wind Chimes
This Fall our morning workshops will be focusing on “Linking to Literacy” and “Boundary free Numeracy,” connecting our topics to the content students are learning in school. This focus will allow After School providers and arts programmers to scaffold on knowledge from the daytime classroom to further bring curriculum to life. MFTA workshops introduce unique projects and methods for art integration across curriculum areas. Each session is designed to provide differentiation for multiple grade and skill levels and to give participants novel techniques for utilizing MFTA supplies.
All MFTA workshops follow a standard format that includes an instructor led introduction, hands on work time and a brief sharing time at the end to illustrate the diversity of projects created. No experience is necessary to attend any of the sessions. Materials for the Arts workshops are open to the public. Materials for the Arts workshops are open to the public and do not require membership to attend.
Tuesdays, 9-11am, beginning on 10/12/2010
Shopping appointments are available after the workshops at- 11:00am, 11:30am and 12:00pm
10/12/10, Hats: Deconstruct the craft of millinery, and reconstruct hats from reused materials! This workshop will demonstrate caps, bonnets, crowns, firemen’s hats, berets, turbans, and more, as we investigate headpieces from different time periods and cultures. A variety of construction methods appropriate for all ages will be introduced. Hats are not only great for costumes but they are excellent tools to explore the point of view in a story, illustrating character traits and providing opportunities for role playing.
10/19/10, Masks: From Carnivale masqueraders to animal paraders, Aztec gods to WWF wrestlers, masks have been used across cultures for ceremonies, celebrations, rituals, athletics, and protective purposes and more. This session will introduce mask-making and demonstrate the use of historical and cultural references for inspiration, research, and for learning about the functions, forms, and expressiveness of masks worldwide. Consider incorporating masks into a multi-cultural study. Common mask bases around MFTA include: milk jugs, wallpaper, ribbon spools, and cereal boxes. What other materials can conceal or reveal you?
11/9/10, Games: Pull those bottle tops out of the recycling bin and start making game pieces! From speed scrabble to matching games you will find the pieces you need in the most surprising places. Participants will create their own game and game board using a variety of manipulatives and unusual pieces found at the MFTA warehouse or around the home. Learn how to make developmentally appropriate games for all ages while developing literacy, numeracy and critical thinking.
11/16/10, Bookmaking: Lots of kids know how to make their own blogs, but do they know how to make their own books? Turn your students into tangible self-publishers, and wow them with the basic book-making techniques. This session will cover envelope books (a signature MFTA project), accordion, tunnel books, and simple stitching for you to take back to your site. Though simple, these books certainly aren’t simplistic! Books are a great way to publish hard-worked on stories, keep notes in or to make self quizzing games –we’ll show you how!
11/23/10, Puppets: Bring a storybook character to life, prep for a performance, or make yourself a sidekick! Whether a teeny finger puppet or a gargantuan multi-person contraption, puppets are an effective way to encourage expression, realize characters, and delight audiences and classrooms alike. This class will run through all sorts of construction methods to best develop your puppet’s personality: stick, sock, hinge-jaw, cone, marionette, and two person puppets from all over the world.
11/30/10, Weaving: Under 1, over 1, under 1, over 1…although a simple pattern, weaving is a rich and multi-dimensional art form. The colors, textures and patterns are endless and the combinations constructed can tell a multitude of stories and be used in a plethora of projects. In this workshop we’ll explore different techniques and bases that can be used with all age groups. Beginner to aficionado our weaving projects have something for everyone.
12/7/10, Holiday Gifts: Looking around the globe, many cultures have significant holidays that take place in December. Tired of making the same crafts year after year to celebrate those holidays? This workshop will explore creative ways to make gifts that are low-no cost but are high in quality and are sure to bring delight.
Workshop cost $18 per person, or $15 if you sign up for three or more classes or send 3 or more people to a single workshop. Call the office or e-mail email@example.com to arrange the discount.
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