On Thursday, January 3, 2013, I had a professional development workshop and performance at the Assumption Parish Library through story tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council decentralized arts funding program. From 9 a.m. to noon, I taught the librarians a professional development workshop. I did my “Handmade Tales” workshop.
We opened with a creativity icebreaker. The librarians had to create a self-portrait using a paper plate and items from their purse. Above is Barbara with her self-portrait. The first story we did was “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.” It is a cut and tell tale and it’s so much fun!
We did all kinds of stories that use hands as an active part of telling the story: cut and tell, draw and tell, string stories, bandana stories, and so much more. This is a draw and tell tale called “The Emperor’s Dragon.”
Here is another story I taught them called “Catching a Pest in 7 Steps.” It uses the numbers 1 through 7 to draw a mouse. They loved it!
I taught them a story called “Bandana Man,” In which they learned to manipulate a bandana into different shapes. It is a fun retelling of the story, “The Gingerbread Man.”
My 12-year-old daughter, Eliana, did not have school this week. It was such a delight to have her with me. She even helped out and did the activities in my workshop!
It was a great workshop and the librarians loved it. They told me that they were really inspired with new ideas. Yay!
In the afternoon, I did a public performance and workshop called “A is for Alligator.” Several children were in attendance and I performed my stories, The Cajun Cornbread Boy and Dinosaur Mardi Gras.
Using my book, A is for Alligator, I taught them draw and tell stories that turn every letter of the alphabet into an animal! Check out “A is for Alligator.”
Here is “L is for Lion” drawn by five-year-old Lauren.
Love this “D is for Dalmatian!”
These two girls, both named Peyton, and little Luke, who was in the middle, drew “P is for Peyton the Partying Penguin.”
Another highlight of the day was that my daughter, Kid Chef Eliana, was interviewed by a local newspaper reporter and she recorded her radio show, Cool Kids Cook, on location at the library!
I had such an amazing time at the Assumption Parish Library. It was a fabulous day!
Thank you very much to Teri Maggio, the library director, all of the Assumption Parish Library staff, the Houma Regional Arts Council, and Arianna Ross of Story Tapestries for this amazing experience and opportunity!
Until next time…