I am using15 years of experience as an educator in cultural and scientific settings (Museums, scientific programs, etc.) to engage students in a variety of age appropriate curriculum explorations through puppetry: material, light, technical mechanisms (STEM), cultural traditions (Social Science), storytelling and performance (Literacy and Language Arts).
As a teaching artist, I work with pre-K to 8th grade students, and use mainly Shadow puppet production and performance to promote self confidence, respect, collaboration and problem solving skills.
For a whole school residency, you can benefit from the "Artists In the School" program through Fairbanks Art Association, if you are a school within the North Star Borough.
Spring 2019: Pearl Creek Elementary (500 students, prek-6), 2 weeks ; Salcha Elementary (70 students, prek-6), 1 week
Spring 2020: Nordale Elementary (250 students, prek-3), 2 weeks; Watershed School (K-8)/ Cancelled due to Covid-19
Articles & videos
"A shout out to students, artist in residence", Tori Brannan, April 2019, Newsminer (link)
I work with individual classes using shadow, hand or rod puppets to enhance a particular lesson.
The number and duration of lessons is adaptable to your class availability and age group: between 3 to 5 lessons (30-60 min each).
Contact me directly if you are a teacher/an educator interested. The option below is one example and can be done online.
SCHOOL RESIDENCIES & ONLINE CLASSES
Explore the world of fables through shadow puppetry (3rd-7th grades)
An Online Art and Language Art Workshop
You want your class to learn about fables and shadow puppetry at the same time?
You would like your students to learn how to adapt a written story into a visual and oral form of storytelling?
You think that learning basic shadow puppetry techniques, construction and performance using simple materials from home or school can enhance their learning?
On top of the lessons (3-5), you have access to:
A video tutorial on how to make a shadow theater from a cereal box (available here!)
Written tutorial (PDF) on how to make sceneries and puppets
A small kit with some material for each student.
Individual feedback on each presentations once posted
My expertise and passion for puppetry all along the way!
A full curriculum to make it again later in one of your future class
Price: Varies with sizes/location of class. Please contact me
WHAT TACHERS SAY
Mr. O'Reagan, 4th grade teacher
“Maite offered clear, organized instructions in a cheerful, pleasant manner. She showed great enthusiasm and patience with the class. She was able to help students problem solve and encouraged them to take risks. I would gladly welcome her into my [online] classroom again!”
Mrs. Hammer, 4th grade Teacher
“I would absolutely ask all my colleagues to get on board with this project to enrich their language arts studies. Shadow puppet theater is expressive, creative, and another vehicle to share stories. Students also get practice using their hands to create their theaters and puppets, improving dexterity and artistic skills”.