Elementary School Workshops

We can cater our program to fit your school’s technical and structural needs.  However, the primary objective behind our workshop program is to instill creative thought and creative exercise through Art.  When students understand the power of creativity and inspiration, they will then, apply it to their future careers and development of their own community. We want to encourage students to rise to another level of thinking above the one with which they are familiar.

1.      J & J: The musical Geometry Dudes    (Grades 4 – 8)   45 – 60 minutes   Sample Geometry Video

Music and Dance create an adventurous and fun way to understand geometric shapes and their place in the learning format.  Students learn:

–          Full Interaction with each other and teaching artists
–          Teamwork and observation
–          Creative Improvisation
–          Dance Ideas
–          How geometric shapes work
–          How to utilize geometric shapes in everyday life, including sports
–          Contemporary and Sustainable Music songs that help understand geometry

 

2.      J & J: Song Creating with History    (Grades 3 – 7)   45 minutes

Joseph and Joel use History lessons to create songs from scratch.  The students comes away with a CD of songs that they helped compose and create.  Along the way they gain a better understanding of history and culture.  Students will:

–          Learn about Jazz & American Song
–          Shown ACTUAL Civil War & Revolutionary War Instruments
–          Shown African and South American Instruments
–          Learn how to create a song
–          Learn how to improvise
–          Write lyrics
–          Teamwork & develop group brain-storming
–          Develop solutions to problems at hand
 
3.      J & J: Creating Songs with Mathematics & Algebra     (Grades 3 – 7)   45- 60 minutes    Sample Math & Music Video

Joseph and Joel create songs with students’ birthdays.  Melodies and songs are created from the students’ birth dates by turning them into musical notation, associating music and math.  Addition, subtraction, multiplication and complex multiplication are used to create original music ALL based on the students’ birth dates!  Also, they explain the correlation between musical, geometric, mathematical proportions.   Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Stronger Creativity
–          Retain a better understanding of their current math curriculum
–          Improvise and experiment with their own ideas
–          Participate in creating songs with the teaching artists.
–         Learn retain-able and sustainable songs that help understand proportions
 
The Story Circle (A Short Story)  Science and History Subjects   (Grades 4 – 8)   45 minutes

TAO Actors form group circles with the students to create a short story based on a current science or history topic about which they are learning.  The students bounce ideas off of each other to formulate creative literature and poetry.  Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Stronger Creativity
–          Act and write creative sentences based on core subjects
–          Learn how to accept mistakes while changing the error into success
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curriculum
–          Learn how to improvise and experiment with their own ideas
 
TAO & Science Fiction (A Short Film)  Science and History Subjects    (Grades 4 – 10)   90 – 180 minutes 

TAO Teaching Artists work with the students to create a short film based on a current science or history topic about which they are learning.  The students will revise a short script, rehearse and act.  The film will be edited and given to the teacher as a keepsake.  Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Stronger Creativity
–          Act, produce & script write
–          Learn about the various art forms involved in film making
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curriculum
–          How to balance creative ideas while executing subject matter
–          Improvise and experiment with their own ideas

 

Geometry Artwork:     

Creating Geometrically-Proportionate Art using Math & Color
Science and Math Subjects      (Grades 4 – 8)  60 minutes

TAO Teaching Artists explain the importance of proportions for math, architecture  science, design, and music.  The students form paintings based on geometric designs that they create using primary colors.   Students will:

–          Grasp a deeper understanding of geometric and algebraic proportions 
–          Create architectural designs all on their own
–          Learn about primary colors and when combined, how they create new colors 
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curricula
 
Charades with Science   Science  Subjects    (Grades 3 – 6)   45 minutes

TAO Teaching Artists  and mime actors play out science subjects using mime.  It becomes a visual guessing game.  Students will:

–          Develop perception of the science study
–          Learn to use visualization as a tool for retaining information
–          Have fun in a subject that is challenging to many students
 
TAO  Musical Identification      Current Events, Social Studies & History Subjects    (Grades 1 -3)    45 minutes

TAO Teaching Artists (keyboards, international percussive instruments, and international flutes) create songs with the students identifying current and important historical events about which they are learning.  Also, will be introduced to instruments from various regions of the world.  Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Teamwork
–          Identify music with emotions from a historical perspective
–          Be introduced to global instruments and how they are used
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curricula

 

TAO Science Sculptures & Geometric Ballooning   Science and Geometry Subjects    (Grades 2 – 5)   60 minutes

TAO Teaching Artists work with the students to create sculptures based on science about which they are learning.  As well, geometric shapes will be designed into balloon form.  Students will:

–          Learn group interaction for Teamwork
–          Create tactically
–          Retain a better understanding of their current subject curricula
 
 

 

We highly recommend that you visit our videos page (TAO Workshop Videos) to see some of our workshop performances in action.