Puppetry in Practice
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My New York

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Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman

718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills Developed by this Program

21st Century Learning

Integrating STEM

English Language Learning

Connections to Core Standards

Cooperative Learning

Puppetry and new media technologies are in demand in schools today. The MY NEW YORK program uses these art forms to explore historic figures, neighborhoods, current issues and landmarks of NYC. General population, ELL and Special Ed students are engaged on multiple levels as these residencies develop creative problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and collaboration skills through hands-on learning.

“I really believe that my class left the final week with a better understanding of NYC history!”

-2nd Grade Teacher, PS 28, Queens, NY

This multi-grade level project aims to provide early childhood students with a strong foundation in the arts, puppet play and collaboration, in addition to reinforcing social studies curriculum maps. MY NEW YORK looks to inspire young students to appreciate all the amazing things in and around NYC, to respect their neighborhood and to preserve the rich landscape of peoples, cultures and history.

MY NEW YORK was created following the incredible success of Bridging Brooklyn, a PiP program focused on the history of the Brooklyn Bridge for 2nd Graders, which was funded by the NEA.

'Good Neighbor' Residency

PUPPETRY Pre-K and K

Pre-K and Kindergarten residencies begin with a delightful age-appropriate puppet show. This literacy-based program immerses students in live puppet theater focused on cooperation and being a good neighbor. Students create puppets, improvise scenes and use dramatic play to interact with one another in positive and creative ways.

 

Create a Neighborhood with an Author/Illustrator

TOY THEATER Grade 1

In this residency, 1st Graders work create Neighborhood Toy Theaters and explore scenarios that affect our neighborhoods in their interactive cardboard playscape. Students work with paper collage, pop-up mechanisms and 3-D construction as they create the backdrop for an interactive puppet theater representing their very own neighborhood. Perfect for dramatic play.

Explore the Landmarks of NYC

Stop-Motion Animation Grade 2

With Stop-Motion Animation, the computer and the camera become tools for showcasing and sharing collaborative work. Here, 2nd Graders use technology and teamwork to gain a deeper understanding of some of the city’s most colorful, historic figures and its diverse neighborhoods. Students become virtual tour guides of their surrounding boroughs via the computer and animation.

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Stop-Motion Animation

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Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman

718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills Developed by this Program

21st Century Learning

Integrating STEM

Differentiated Learning

Cooperative Learning

Connections to Core Standards

Cultural Exploration

Immersion in the Arts

Testimonials

"The skills the students learned in the program, like working together, taking on roles/responsibilities, listening to one another, transfered into my everyday classroom teaching."

- 3rd Grade Teacher, PS 216, Brooklyn, NY

 

”This ten-session program has been absolutely wonderful. This program is by far my favorite program I have ever seen come into our school.“

-4th Grade Teacher, PS 255

 

"I like the part when we made the storyboard. Because I like us working together as a team."

-3rd Grade Student, PS 315, Brooklyn, NY

New media technologies are in demand and Puppetry in Practice's Stop-Motion Animation residencies are among our most requested programs. PiP embraces technology as an integral part of its innovative arts education programs. PiP provides students with the essential tools to bring their learning to life with fun and engaging animation techniques, while being immersed in curriculum studies. Students use laptop computers and webcams, animation software and their imaginations to create high-quality animated shorts and features they can share with their peers or broadcast to the world via social media. This residency develops creative problem solving, critical thinking, and communication and collaboration skills through hands-on learning with technology. Students work together in groups and discover it takes teamwork to succeed beyond their expectations.

"The strengths of the program were that it was organized, it was student friendly, it was 100% interactive and it was fun!"

-2nd Grade Teacher, PS 28, Queens, NY

Students explore the history of animation through multimedia presentations and discussions with the teaching artist. After learning basic film vocabulary and technique, small groups of students work together to write and illustrate complete storyboards around the topic of the residency. Students then create their scenery and characters through traditional drawing and collage techniques before venturing into the world of animation with digital tools and software. The residency often culminates in a school-wide auditorium screening of students' work.

Students use their natural skills and abilities and apply them to various roles during the process. These include: set designers, writers and storyboarders, camera operators, directors, actors who lend their voices to the characters, animators who move the characters, music and sound effects people, and more. This program improves digital literacy and heightens awareness of new media uses and capabilities.

The Stop-Motion Animation artist residency has been applied to the exploration of African, Chinese, Indian, and Native American folktales; the landmarks and historical figures of New York City; poetry and other beloved, acclaimed literature; and age-appropriate projects raising awareness and action to protect and respect the environment. Visit our YouTube page to see all of the students' work.

NYC Landmarks

From the Brooklyn Bridge to Ellis Island to the Empire State Building, students discover and explore the amazing landmarks that make New York City so exceptional. As the cornerstone of the MY NEW YORK program, students become tour guides of their surrounding borroughs through the use of technology and the magic of animation. This is a collaborative and creative way for students to study the rich histrory of New York City. Perfect for addressing 2nd grade Social Studies standards.

Fables and Folktales

Folktales, fables and folklore are an excellent way for students to learn to appreciate the rich traditions and cultures of people around the world. Through investigation and research, students learn the geography, architecture and history of places like West Africa, China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Students learn how different communities around the world and throughout time address important aspects of everyday life. This is a great program for 3rd grade Social Studies curriculum.

Flip's Fantastic Animation

Author/Illustrator Angelo DeCesare's popular Flip's Fantastic Journal Residencies come to life. Similar to the other residencies, Angelo will guide students through the basics of story writing. Instead of writing in memoirs or journals, students will work in small groups to develop storyboards to use as their animation guides. PiP supplies miniature, movable paper puppets of all the Flip characters while students create their own backgrounds and props found in their stories. Popular areas of study for this residency include Neighborhood Studies, NYC Landmarks and Anger Management.

Poetry

A great way for students to learn about and experience poetry is through animation. The abstract structure of poetry lends itself to moving images extremely well, by transforming poems into a visual form or representation, students are actively interpreting the text stanza by stanza, and are able to discover the overall themes, narratives and concepts found in any poem.

Multimedia

  • Too Much Noise by ECC After-School Program. 2012

  • Abiyoyo by ECC After-School Program. 2013

  • European Explorers by 5th Graders in PS 46. 2015

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Early Childhood Expressions

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718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills Developed by this Program

21st Century Learning

Differentiated Learning

Cooperative Learning

English Language Learning

Integrating STEM

Immersion in the Arts

The Early Childhood programs at PiP are designed to give students a hands-on approach to an exploration of materials and art-making processes. PiP has partnered with the Early Childhood Center at Brooklyn College to provide engaging and interactive projects to help students develop socially, artistically, and cognitively. From puppet making to performances to new media (such as animation, film, and sound recording), PiP introduces a wide range of techniques for students to explore.

"[PiP's] patience, knowledge, humor, and ability to help build literacy skills through storytelling have shown the students that learning can be fun. The program helps develop an appreciation for the creative individuality of others."

-Pre-K Teacher, PS 28Q, Queens, NY

The goal is to foster learning in an artistic environment in which students interact with each other and connect with new ideas, emotions and experiences.

Pre-K programs in PS 28 in Queens, NY and PS 134 in Brooklyn, NY have brought our unique approach to Early Childhood directly into the schools.


Programs focus on stories and storytelling. One residency dives into Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern, a story based on an old Yiddish folktale about a man who lives in a house that is just too noisy. The story has many characters, most of which are animals. The students pretend to be these characters, create puppets based on them and create shadow plays about them.

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Flip’s Fantastic Journals

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Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman

718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills Developed by this Program

English Language Learning

Immersion in the Arts

Speaking and Performance Skills

Connections to Core Standards

Testimonials

"[Angelo was] professional, patient, clear and entertaining. The children and I always looked forward to [his] lessons. They were always very upbeat, accepting and informative."

- 2nd Grade Teacher, PS 124, Brooklyn, NY

Links

http://www.flipandmuzz.com/

Author/illustrator Angelo DeCesare’s Flip’s Fantastic Journal series are curriculum based and extensively tested in classrooms in New York City. The Flip series is respected by educators and reading specialists alike, while Flip, his family, and his friends are recognizable to thousands of children across the country. Flip is based on the author himself and the characters all represent real family members and friends that surrounded him as he grew up in NYC. As a result, Angelo is able to inspire young writers to create innovative characters and fun stories based on themselves and their surroundings. Flip’s Fantastic Journal was well reviewed by School Library Journal, and was cited by Reading Today as having “all the ingredients budding diarists need to be successful in their own endeavors: honesty, creativity, and the option of illustration when words fail.”

"It was so nice to see the kids thrive in this learning environment and have fun while learning. They really needed this!!!"

-3rd Grade Teacher, PS 315, Brooklyn, NY

Programs can range from one-day author visits to 10-week residencies where students can explore a variety of topics that span early elementary curricula with Flip as their guide. Scroll down for specific book and residency information. Additionally, Flip is entering the digital age and is now available as an animation residency.

All Flip-related residencies include Journals and Activity Books for students and teachers.

All the Flip books are available for purchase from Puppetry in Practice using this order form.

Science Journal and Comic for Grades K-3

  Space-Flipper's Super Science Adventure

Space-Flipper and the Super Bridge Brigade are a team of superheroes whose job is to keep Earth pollution-free. A time machine accident brings a dinosaur named Crunch into the future. Renaming himself The Crunchinator, the dinosaur knows and cares nothing about protecting the environment. As the story unfolds, The Crunchinator challenges Space-Flipper and his team with a series of environmental threats. It’s up to the superheroes to stop him from harming our planet while showing alternatives to his destructive ways.

Math Residency for Grades Pre-K and K

  Flip's Math Party Journal!

Angelo DeCesare shows how the elements of early math are not boring, starting with Flip’s dream sequence and followed by exciting math activities. Using pre-cut colorful shapes and glue sticks, the children create “Party Food” for Flip, making ice cream cones, cupcakes, juice cups and pizza. They learn about shapes, the relationship of one shape to another and how shapes can be different sizes, patterns and be divided into simple fractions. The result is a colorful mathematical mosaic.

Beginner Journal Writing for Grade 1

  Flip's Fantastic Journal

The book that started it all, this original Flip Journal teaches even the most reluctant writers the joy of creative writing and journal entry. In this story, Flip’s teacher Ms. Flea-Collar has Flip write in his journal every day, even though he hates doing it. When Flip realizes that he can make things up, his imagination runs wild and his writing becomes full of adventure and excitement. Students learn to draw the Flip characters with Angelo and then embark on creative story writing of their own.

Beginner Memoir Writing for Grade 1

  Flip's Mighty Memoir Journal!

In this book Flip’s teacher, Ms. Flea-Collar, asks him to write about something from his past. Flip has trouble thinking of anything to write, so to jog his memory his mom takes him to visit their old neighborhood. Flip is still unable to recall anything about his earlier life until he finds an old toy dinosaur, named Crunch, in his closet. Through Crunch, Flip remembers incidents from his past and writes a much-improved memoir. In the classroom, children make puppets of the characters, create memoirs and bring them to life through puppet drama.

Reading & Friendship Program for Grade 2

  Flip's Amazing Online Journal!

In this newest addition to the Flip series, Flip discovers his best friend Muzz hates the library because he doesn’t like to read. In an effort to change Muzz’s opinions about reading, Flip decides to create a book all about his best friend. Muzz loves the book and even adds his own ending, expressing his great friendship with Flip! In this program, students conduct interviews with their peers and write books about each other. The program finishes with students sharing their works with one another.

A Community Studies Program for Grade 2

  Flip's Neighborhood Journal!

An excellent way for young students to become engaged with their community, this story involves Flip telling the readers about his life in Brooklyn and some of the community helpers in his neighborhood. The children learn to draw the Flip characters and then create their own book in which the characters are community helpers. One popular culminating activity PiP offers is a Publisher’s Exhibit in which students showcase their books and share them with their community.

Responsibility and Teamwork for Grade 3

  Flip's Super Journal!

Flip plans a “super fun day” with his best friend, Muzz. This includes playing with their favorite action figures, Space Flier and Mighty Mutt. Unfortunately, their fun is postponed when Muzz has to watch his baby brother, Digger, for “10 whole minutes.” But Flip and Muzz flop as babysitters and their fun day is canceled. On the way home from Muzz’s house, Flip blames baby Digger for ruining his day. Flip’s big sister, Sniffie, reminds Flip that he was once a baby brother, too. Students create the Flip characters as superheroes and create book art or puppet adventures for them.

Anger Management Program for Grade 3

  Flip's Cool Video Journal

A great addition to any anti-bullying curriculum! Instead of writing in his journal, Flip records his day with a camcorder. The day includes three angry moments involving Flip’s mom, his sister, and his best friend. Flip discovers that he accidentally recorded these moments. By using the camcorder’s ‘rewind’ button, Flip discovers the REAL cause of everyone’s anger. Can Flip make things better and can he learn a lesson in anger management?

Flip's Activity Books

Used as companions to the Flip Journal series, these Activity Books will have students writing and reading like never before. All Write, All Ready!, teaches students the basics of drawing all the Flip characters and creating stories and scenarios for them. Activities test comprehension in a fun and exciting way. Do the Write Thing! is a companion to Flip’s Video Journal as part of PiP’s anger management/anti-bullying program. This activity book is designed to help students learn to make the right choices about anger-related issues they face both at school and at home.

Multimedia

  • 2nd Graders in PS 217 created animations with Flip about NYC Landmarks.

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Puppet Shows

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718-951-4240
or
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Whether for the classroom, library or auditorium, PiP offers interactive puppet shows for all ages. Performances can be booked as standalone events or as part of a longer residency, which focuses on re-creating, re-telling or re-interpreting the lessons learned from the story. For example, after seeing our lively and interactive performance of Group Soup, students can work in groups to design, create and perform Toy Theater versions of the story, which they perform for their peers, parents and teachers. A performance can be scheduled as part of a class field trip to the PiP Center at Brooklyn College.

PiP blends classic and modernized folktales from cultures around the world to provide a platform for schools to expand on curriculum and address multiculturalism.

PiP’s performers are all puppet and theater professionals with the ability to engage students with fun and interactive puppet shows designed to entertain and educate.

Performances include:

Apartment for Rent

Inspired by the classic tale “Flat for Rent” by Leah Goldberg, this exciting, interactive presentation, will have young audiences engaged in learning about what it means to be a good citizen and live in harmony with different-minded neighbors. A delightful assortment of animal characters discover the meaning of community. Great for younger audiences Pre-K and up!
 

Group Soup

Based on the folktale Stone Soup, Rodney Rabbit the itinerant Magician goes around and spreads his magic. He is tired of eating sandwiches and would like to have soup but doesn’t have the ingredients, only a stone. With the help of his friends he makes a wonderful soup. His real magic trick is getting everyone to cooperate. Companion book written by Tova Ackerman with illustrations by Valeri Gorachev is available.
 

Tales of Anansi the Spider

Based on a West African folk tale, “Anansi and His Children” is about a mischievous spider that gets into some big trouble while on an adventure. Luckily, Anansi’s six children quickly come to the rescue. When they put their superpowers together, the children find that they can overcome any obstacle. Suitable for any age!

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Immersive Theater

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718-951-4240

or

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Skills Developed by this program

Speaking and Performance Skills

English Language Learning

Connections to Core Standards

Cooperative Learning

Cultural Exploration

Testimonials

"It makes me feel like a true actress or William Shakespeare. I fel like a puppeteer who is full of enthusiasm."

-3rd Grade Student, PS 159, Brooklyn, NY

Through PiP’s playwriting- and performance-based Immersive Theater residency, students explore folktales of various cultures, countries or regions (based on a school’s preference or curriculum) and ultimately adapt and perform their own versions of these folktales. (Residencies have focused on the Tales of the Panchatantra of Southeast Asia, African folk tales, Native American folk tales and others.) Using a variety of performance techniques, enhanced by incorporating puppetry, students are involved in a comprehensive immersion in the theater process—from research to character development and from playwriting to performance. The process can be tailored to enhance key skills for English Language Learners.

"The most profound strength of the program is that the students’ interest was sparked and they wanted to read, speak and write. At times they were writing dialogue and I don’t think they realized they were working and creating because they were having so much fun. The children loved expressing themselves."

-3rd Grade Teacher, PS 159, Brooklyn, NY

Students are engaged in physical and vocal warm-ups; giving characters a vocal and physical life; choosing and detailing scenes; storyboard development; writing dialogue for key moments; script writing and scene development; original adaption and dialogue writing; the creation of design elements (scenery, puppetry, costumes); and the performance of their original work for an audience of their peers, teachers, administrators and family.

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Mural Painting

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or

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Skills developed by this program

Cooperative Learning

Immersion in the Arts

Activate any space, inside or outside, with a colorful, collaborative mural. With PiP's professional teaching artists, students work together to design and paint extraordinary murals of all shapes and sizes to adorn their school. Working as a team, these students gain perspective and experience on what public art works mean to a community and how large-scale artwork is made. Students will feel a stronger bond to their school when they can take ownership over how it looks. Additionally, students will take immense pride in seeing their work prominently displayed for everyone in their community to see day after day.

Mural painting with PiP is fun, challenging and extremely rewarding for the students, teachers and surrounding community. Examples of past works include a community-themed mural at PS 224 in Brooklyn, NY, and a garden-themed mural for PS 216's Edible Schoolyard program also in Brooklyn, NY.

Multimedia

  • Garden Mural. PS 216 Brooklyn, NY 2011

    Garden Mural. PS 216 Brooklyn, NY 2011

  • Community Mural. PS 224 Brooklyn, NY 2014

    Community Mural. PS 224 Brooklyn, NY 2014

  • "On the Day You Were Born" themed mural. PS 190, Brooklyn, NY 2014.

  • "The Roots of Learning" Joan Snow Pre-K Center, Brooklyn, NY 2016.

  • "The Roots of Learning" Joan Snow Pre-K Center, Brooklyn, NY 2016.

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Toy Theater

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718-951-4240
or
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Skills Developed by this Program

Cooperative Learning

English Language Learning

Immersion in the Arts

Integrating STEM

Speaking and Performance Skills

Cultural Exploration

Toy theaters date back to the early 1800s in Europe, and had a surge of popularity during the late 1800s to early 1900s. They were often mass produced and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse or vaudeville theater. Toy theaters were assembled at home and used in performances for family members and guests. Today, PiP is bringing this classic art form to students in an unassuming, compact and portable cardboard box. PiP artists work with students in groups to design, color, collage and create their own unique puppet stages and puppets using a variety of pop-up mechanisms, collage techniques, and shadow screens.

A great STEM project that supports any aspect of any curriculum, PiP’s Toy Theater residencies blend the visual and performing arts with an emphasis on group project dynamics. Whether writing the story, creating the set, or puppeteering and performing, the many aspects of this project allow all students, regardless of their skill set or learning abilities, to find a way to flourish within the group. Toy theater performances aid in the development of vocabulary and conversational skills through interaction between students in the planning and preparation stages. Live performances create a more playful environment in which English Language Learners can express themselves using the freedom of puppetry and performance.

This project is great for student, teacher, parent or family programs. It can be combined with many of our other programs including, Flip's Fantastic Journal, Bridging Brooklyn, and Stop-Motion Animation.

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Puppet Making

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Skills Developed by this Program

Immersion in the Arts

English Language Learning

Cooperative Learning

Speaking and Performance Skills

The benefits of imagining, creating, and interacting with puppets are immeasurable. Whether made from socks, shadows, papier-mache sculptures or everyday recyclables, puppets are fun and open avenues to learning and emotional well-being. PiP offers a wide variety of puppet-making workshops and residencies, developing themes with school partners. Whether the puppets are small, medium or LARGE, our artists work with students and teachers to create puppets for the classroom, school or home. As children explore themes addressed in literature, social studies and school curriculum through puppet drama, they make connections between themselves and others through the creative experience.

In puppet making activities, students make key decisions to build puppets as they select materials to reflect character attributes and personalities. The medium of puppetry is particularly valuable to English Language Learners and Special Education students because children bypass the self-editing process in verbal expression and speak freely and confidently while giving voice to their puppet. Through this unique art form, students create, personify and perform.

Puppetry residencies include story-building and play-making with puppets. Together with PiP artists, children build puppets, create storyboards and scripts and stage classroom performances. Many puppetry workshops start with a puppet show by one of our artists and students then re-present with their own puppets and performances for peers, parents and teachers. Puppets range from the small, hand-held size, perfect for Toy Theater performances, to massive papier-mache pieces, great for outdoor parades and festivals! Similarly, puppets and stages can be used to make dynamic stop-motion animation films.

EXAMPLES OF PUPPETS INCLUDE:

Giant Parade Puppets

Giant Parade Puppets

Students work collaboratively to create larger-than-life sized puppets for spectacular parades or school decorations. Step by step, students design, paper mache, paint, costume, construct and puppeteer their giant creations!

 

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets

Sock puppets are a fun and easy way to introduce puppetry to students. This is our most simple puppet making workshop but always a favorite. Sock puppets teach students the basics of puppetry, puppet-making and manipulation.
 

Styrofoam Ball Puppets

Styrofoam Ball Puppets

These table top puppets are perfect for classroom performances and Toy Theaters. Students adorn the puppets with googly eyes, hair, pipe cleaners and fabric to make their own character. The mouth is movable for students to give their creations a voice of their own. These puppets also work with stop-motion animation.

Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets

Fun and spectacular! Children create shadow puppets to illustrate fairy tales, myths and their own original stories. Create an instant show in the classroom for the whole class and learn about the history of shadow puppetry from around the world.

 

Mask Sculpture

Mask Sculpture

Exploring the art and history of masks from around the world, students create their own larger-than-life masks of animals, people, or characters out of papier-mache over recycled materials and cardboard. A great project for students to work in groups, they will enjoy the process of watching their creations take shape for decorations, performances or parades.

Envelope Puppets

Envelope Puppets

Inexpensive and fun! Transform a simple envelope into a whacky puppet using basic arts materials and creativity. This is a great way for parents and teachers to introduce children to puppetry and character development.
 

Foam Puppets

Foam Puppets

Students learn to make their own "Muppet" style foam puppets, learn how to manipulate them, and use them to perform. Create a character and watch it come to life. These puppets are great for puppet dramas where students act out scenarios about a variety of topics.

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Chinese Folk Art with a Master

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Skills Developed by this Program

Immersion in the Arts

Cultural Exploration

PiP’s Art Director, Xun Ye, is a master craftsman in the ancient Chinese folk art of flour dough sculpture. His ability to sculpt meticulously detailed miniature scultpures from homemade dough made of cooking flour continuously delights students, teachers and parents. In this extremely unique residency, students learn basic sculpture techniques and come away with their own playful sculptures of animals and flowers. This is an excellent program for students studying China.

"My favorite part was playing with the clay and making things, because it was fun and challenging."

-3rd Grade student, PS 216, Brooklyn, NY

Flour dough modeling is a traditional Chinese handicraft that has continued to develop for over 700 years. During the Sung Dynasty, ornamental dough patterns decorated feast dishes. Dough sculptures would also be used as offerings for holidays and ceremonies. Animal shapes were common even then and children often used these as toys.

Xun is also available to offer workshops to teachers, so that this exceptional skill can be introduced into many classrooms. Xun Ye was born in Zhejiang, Hang Zhou Province in China and developed his skills as a flour figurine artist under the guidance of Masters Lang Shao An (his grandfather) and Zhao Kou Ming. He is a member of the Hang Zhou Arts & Crafts Research Institute and the China National Arts & Crafts Society. At the age of 32, he was the youngest to be given the title “Famous Flour Figurine Artist.” He has also won numerous awards for his designs including First Place in the Zhejiang Provincial Competition for Best Design and Second Place in a National Craftsmen Awards Competition in China, as well as a gold medal in the Pastry Showpiece Competition in the 10th International Salon Culinaire in Singapore.

Multimedia

  • Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.

    Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.

  • Master Xun Ye demonstrating flour dough to 3rd grade students from PS 216.

    Master Xun Ye demonstrating flour dough to 3rd grade students from PS 216.

  • Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.

    Miniature flour dough sculptures by Xun Ye.

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Festivals and Parades

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Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman

718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills developed by this program

Immersion in the Arts

Cultural Exploration

Liven up any day of the year with a spectacular festival or parade around your theme of choice. PiP helps teachers, students and parents work together in a variety of workshops and performances that build skills and awareness of how the arts can serve as means of communication and expression. Additionally, school-wide parades build community with celebration, laughter and joy. A festival or parade can be a one-day event or the culmination of any residency. Some of our past celebrations have included Halloween, Earth Day, Chinese Lunar New Year, Purim, and Flag Day.

Parades and festivals are an exciting and colorful way for the entire school to participate in, and learn about, various cultures and holidays from around the world.

Examples of parades include:

Chinese Lunar New Year

Chinese Lunar New Year

In this cultural celebration for your whole school, several students are transformed into a large papier-mache dragon. They parade through the school building to welcome the Lunar New Year. Children in all grades write their wishes for a good new year on red squares, and as the dragon walks around the school, children wait outside their classrooms to “feed” their wishes to the dragon.

Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day Celebrations

Students create a variety of puppets out of recycled materials for a school-wide parade! Learning how to turn everyday recyclables into art is not only economical, it also helps teach environmental responsibility and sustainability. We don't just recycle, we UP-cycle!

 

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Professional Development

PiP offers professional development and teacher training workshops to equip educators with engaging and imaginative ways to incorporate puppetry and other art forms to enhance curriculum. Working within the requirements of national education standards, PiP provides informative, contemporary and effective tools to be applied immediately to classroom teaching.

Technology-based programs such as stop-motion animation and filmmaking, for instance, help keep teachers informed and up to date, while time-honored activities such as puppet-making and toy theater continue to be effective learning tools. Our teaching artists come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the arts. As a result, teachers and administrators can expect a dynamic, hands-on learning experience accessing puppetry, theater, storytelling and more.

Workshops can be coordinated with any of our residencies, or can be standalone sessions scheduled on school professional development days. Professional development programs can take place on site at any school or at our Resource Center at Brooklyn College.

 

PiP has a requirements contract with the NYC Board of Education and is constantly revising its strategies to comply with Common Core Curriculum Standards and the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Teacher training workshops include:

Teacher training workshops include:

- Puppet building
- Puppetry in literacy
- Stop-motion Animation techniques
- Creative writing with Flip’s Fantastic Journals
- Playwriting and Immersive Theater
- Interactive Storytelling
- Enhancing English language learning

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Parent Programs

Book this Program

Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman

718-951-4240
or
tovaa@aol.com

Skills Developed by this Program

Immersion in the Arts

English Language Learning

Cooperative Learning

Performance and Speaking Skills

PiP offers a series of parent workshops in conjunction with classroom residencies. We design workshops specifically focused on English language learning as well as programs providing parents with tools that better prepare them to support their children in their schoolwork. Combined parent and child programs bring families together through collective, creative projects and parents gain a deeper understanding of the value of the arts in learning.

Additionally, parents are outstanding resources for providing elements of their own cultures, and those elements are often incorporated in our arts-based programming. PiP’s puppet shows, celebrations and festivals draw parents into the schools to participate in the celebration of the students' work.

Parent Programs can take place at schools or in our Resource Center at Brooklyn College.

Programs for parents include:

Programs for parents include:

- Puppet building
- Toy Theater workshop
- Stop-motion Animation techniques
- Folktale and Memoir writing
- Interactive Storytelling
- ELL programs