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Grumpy Pirates offers a creative, energized series of classes and camps that include writing, improvisation, art and trust games. The primary objectives of Story Camps are to explore different ways we each tell stories, to create and perform new narratives, to boost confidence and to make new friends. Simultaneously, we sneak in some academic study of writing composition, public speaking, visual art and collaboration. But, we keep that on the down low lest it starts to feel a bit too much like …
Given the time, space and the correct mix of engaging projects and enlightened pedagogy, all students, no matter the age, can find their own voiceand express it beautifully.
* For the Art and Story camps, we will study specific artists as well as learn some techniques with various media. For these weeks the stories are those of the artists and cultures we study.
* While Story Camp will have some art projects, the emphasis will be on writing and figuring out how each student best tells their own stories. Is it through images, cartoons, novels, solo performance or dance?
* Star Wars Creative is a camp that combines visual art and beginning theater /improv. Our entry point is Star Wars.
*For the role playing quotient, along with improv games and introduction to acting, we will get in a little yoga and meditation because, hey, there's a reason that Yoda sounds a lot like yoga...
*We will also discuss the ins and outs of working toward being a Jedi and using the force. And indeed there will be discussion of the Dark side and the million dollar question: Why did Anakin succomb to the dark Side?
*As to Why I have created this Star Wars creative:because of my son’s devotion and fascination in Star Wars, the stories, ships, and characters, that he started to draw, paint and explore visual expression voraciously. Previously he was less than interested in drawing and building. We would read a Star Wars book and immediately afterward, he would get a huge piece of paper out and start drawing. (My artist and mother’s heart did a happy dance.). Not only did Star Wars inspire drawing but André also became a wonderful actor and story teller in his room and in our house. He spends hours telling and acting out stories that have Star Wars characters as the jumping off point. Thus I wanted to include some other compatriots who enjoy these great stories.
*I want to encourage all campers to discover and create their own worlds and narratives. Star Wars is a starting point and I welcome all other inspiring stories, both real and imagined to be told, written and performed. If your child is not a devotee of Star Wars but a fan of a strong narratives, they are always welcome to Grumpy Pirates.
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Commission a personalized Dragon story and dragon portrait featuring your kids as the noble dragons! Eleanor will interview you about your children's interests and personalities and she will create a dragon story and portrait completely unique to your family. For more information and prices, contact Eleanor at firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: for information on Grumpy Pirates Summer Camps 2012 scroll to the next post.) Dragon story excerpt: from "Kiran meets Graham, Ash and Noel, the dragon brothers" “Kiran. Cool name,” Graham said flying closer, “How come you don’t know about greedy dragons? And burning fire and stuff?”“I don’t know. I was raised by humans…so, they didn’t know as much about…”“HUMANS?” Ash and Noel shouted together.“Those tiny, teeny creatures?” Noel said.“And they can’t even fly, right? They don’t have any wings, right?” Ash said.“And they are so, so tiny, small,” Noel said.“Hey, you guys. Stop,” Graham said, “That’s not polite.” …
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