Telling Stories: A Perspective on Oral and Written Traditions

Posted by on May 21, 2004

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership
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Telling Stories: A Perspective on Oral and Written Traditions

June 23 – 25, 2004

Wednesday, June 23
The Rosenbach Museum & Library, one of the world?s great repositories of rare books, manuscripts, and historic documents, will launch this three day experiential intensive by examining the critical role stories play in human culture. The morning session will explore museum treasures including an 1100-year-old Chinese I Ching, original drawings for Alice Adventures in Wonderland, George Washington?s oldest letter, and hand-colored renderings of Maurice Sendak. In the afternoon nationally renowned storyteller, Linda Goss, will present a variety of oral and written story traditions. This session will include storytelling performances as well as hands-on workshops introducing you to skills applicable to your classroom. Bill Adair, Hirsig Family Director of Education at the Rosenbach, will lead the sessions.

Thursday, June 24
Walnut Street Theater, America?s oldest theatre, will assist participants in bringing stories to life. The Theater?s dynamic teaching artists, working in small groups, will provide experiential opportunities for all participants. Through acting exercises, improvisation, and theater games, participants will explore specific exercises transferable to the classroom or drama club. In the afternoon participants will watch a live performance of the musical Hello Dolly on the Walnut Street Theater?s Mainstage.

Friday, June 25
Historic Rittenhouse Town will introduce participants to the craft of hand papermaking at the site of North America?s first paper mill, in the historic and beautiful setting of Wissahickon Valley in Fairmount Park. The site?s Executive Director Andrew Zellers-Frederick will take participants on a tour of this national historic landmark. This will be followed by a papermaking workshop taught by Catherine Browne, Director of Education, which includes traditional Western papermaking techniques, decorative techniques, and papermaking for the classroom using recycled materials. Complete this three-day intensive with a book arts experience. From the simple to the complex – learn to incorporate bookmaking into classroom activities with Lynne Horoschak, Art Education Department, Moore College of Art and Design. Experiment with various ways to make books and leave the workshop with examples of books you have created. Discover practical activities to integrate into your students? learning.

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