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Description
Fee
Hunt, Kathryn Wardrobe Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Media- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ladies, it's time to organize your wardrobe! Learn how incorporate new pieces and update items you already own. Covers current trends in color, fabric and silhouettes and how that translates to an individual wardrobe. Participants receive a workbook and list of resources.
$101- $200
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Chrysalis Ornaments Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Using a real butterfly chrysalis, string an ornament and see if it hatches on your special day! Great for the holiday season. Butterfly education and cage instructions included. Suitable for 2017 Summer Reading Program
Up to $100
Landrey, Sheileen Mexican Celebrations: Day of the Dead Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Culture comes to life through hands-on stations, art and authentic objects as students learn about this significant Mexican celebration of ancestors. Adaptable for middle/high school groups, this program gives important context to the Day of the Dead and its role in Mexican culture and heritage.
$101- $200
Brickman, Robin Art to Wear: Animals, Insects, or Flower Pins Nature- Environment,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Robin Brickman, an award-winning book illustrator, will teach an art class based on natural science. Everyone will use coloring supplies on paper, cutting and shaping his or her piece, and then adding a pin to its back. The pins can be made into any natural item, such as flowers or insects. They can be lovely or quirky. Accuracy will be encouraged.
$351- $500
Arnold, Speedy Sing-alongs and Stories with Speedy Arnold Music,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Speedy has been playing music for North Country audiences for more than 30 years either solo or with the Bluegrass groups Mardi Gras, the Wolverine Brothers and Three Doug Knight. Performances involve playing guitar and singing fun songs to kids of all ages. Being a well rounded artist, he also has several sketchbooks filled with his original ink drawings of local scenes that he can bring with him to the venues for discussion before,during or after perfomances. In addition to his music, Speedy will also have signed copies of the children's books that he illustrated: The Little Brook in the Field, a frog story, and The Adventures of Molly the Monarch Butterfly. In addition, Speedy will discuss his newest book: What's an Elephant Doing in the AuSable River?(This book won the 2012 People's Choice Award at the Adirondack Center for Writing in Blue Mountain Lake.) His preference is to play acoustically(no sound reinforcement),so smaller groups work out real good; however,if a sound system(with 2 mics) is available and needed for a larger group,he can adapt. Speedy's favorite age groups are preschool to about 5th grade, and he generally will play from 45 minutes to 1 hr.
$201- $350
Ceceri, Kathy Start a Mini Makerspace for Kids Literature- Creative Writing,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
You don't have to be an engineer to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programs to your library, school, or at home. Kathy Ceceri, author of the best-selling activity books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Education of the Future' and 'Paper Inventions,' will share low tech/no tech ideas to help get kids designing, building, and inventing! Find out about the best materials and tools to have on hand for different ages, abilities, and budgets, as well as where to find simple project ideas and resources for further exploration. Kathy has presented hundreds of fun hands-on learning programs for kids around the Northeast, and consulted with schools, libraries, and makerspaces on how to create great hands-on learning environments for all ages. Her articles and projects have appeared in Make Magazine, Wired, Disney's FamilyFun and About.com's Homeschooling page. She is co-producer of the Troy Mini Maker Faire and a popular speaker at Maker Faires across the country.
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn Multi Modality Hands On Arts Music,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Other
Information and demonstration of the recreational and therapeutic benefits of the expressive arts, including visual arts, literary arts, music and movement. Interactive participation encouraged. A visual arts activity may include collage, followed by free writing or poetry and a music/movement piece to express what happened in the process of immersing into the art-making. An explanation of how using a multi-modal approach accesses different senses and expands the experience. This is a no-experience necessary program. no fear program. Music making may include hand-held percussion or stringed instruments.
$101- $200
Agostino, Christopher Hero Tales! from Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Painting
Hero Tales! The Original Superhero Stories - featuring adventure tales and legends from around the world in an exciting performance for all ages. My favorite stories to tell to children are traditional hero tales — the original Superhero stories — especially those that feature young or small protagonists, like Li Chi Slays the Dragon, an ancient tale from China about a brave maiden that saves her village, or Punia and the King of the Sharks, about a boy who battles a shark. The reason Punia is so brave is because he is small — which is a wonderful encouragement to give to kids, that the small can be heroes, as in Aesop’s Fable The Lion and the Mouse. StoryFace shows are a surprising combination of storytelling and visual arts that fully engages the entire audience. A wide variety of tales are available to suit the ages of your audience, including samurai adventure tales for older kids. If I’ve been to your library before, I keep a record of what I’ve told, so I can always return with new stories for your audience. Go to agostinoarts.com to see the video: What Is A StoryFace?
$501- $1000
Brown, Wayne & Karen The Ocean Adventure Nature- Marine Life,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Professional underwater photographers, California marine biologist, Wayne Brown, and his SCUBA instructor wife, Karen, bring their exciting real-life expeditions to your patrons with fast-paced and entertaining multimedia presentations using unique props, biological specimens, breathtaking photography, storytelling techniques, audience participation and life-sized, inflatable animals. Programs include: • The Australia Great White Shark Expedition • The Belize Whale Shark Expedition • A Visit to Nemo's Home -- The Australia Great Barrier Reef • Funny and Freaky Fish in the Caribbean Sea • Diving with Dolphins and Humpback Whales • Playing with Living Mermaids -- Florida Manatees • Slimy Seaweed & Funny and Freaky Fish in the California Kelp Forest • Funny and Freaky Animals in the Belize Rainforests and Coral Reefs • Weird & Creepy Sea Creatures that Go Bump in the Night in the Caribbean Sea
$501- $1000
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