Bissonet Plaza Elementary 2012 Residency Day 1 – Wednesday, December 6, 2012

  Friends:   Today was the first day of my annual artist residency visit to Bissonnet Plaza Elementary school. I will be at the school for five days, teaching the steps of writing to third through fifth grades, and sharing stories and a craft with the lower grades. My first visit was to Ms. Morrow’s […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, arts education, Author, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, Folktales, School, School Visit, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Little “Read” Hen, writing
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Louisiana Story Fest Residency @ Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Day 4 Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friends: I had such a good time on Day 4 of my Story Fest residency. It was a late day, with my first class starting at 9:40 am so I took advantage of the extra time and worked out for an hour at home. I came to school refreshed and ready to go! My first […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children’s Books, Dianne de Las Casas, Folklore, Folktales, Language Arts, Literacy, Louisiana, Story Fest, story theater, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Louisiana Story Fest Residency – Monday, February 9, 2009

Friends: Today was my first day of my Louisiana Story Fest Residency at Bissonet Plaza Elementary School. I have been doing an artist residency at this school for 7 years now. They are one of my favorite schools. For this residency, I am sharing Louisiana culture through its folk stories. For grades PK through 2, […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, arts education, Author, Dianne de Las Casas, Folklore, Folktales, Louisiana, Story Fest, story theater, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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The Cajun Cornbread Boy Arrives – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friends, I am so excited! My first picture book for children, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, came in! My publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, is based in New Orleans so my husband picked up a case of books for me today. The books are beautiful! They are scheduled for a Spring 2009 release so getting the books […] Read More

Categories: Author, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Kids, Louisiana, Puppet
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Stories on Board Educator Workshop at Audubon Elementary – Monday, November 3, 2008

Friends: On Monday, I presented a professional development workshop at Audubon Elementary for the teachers. I forgot my digital camera but was able to take a few pictures with my phone camera. I presented, “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales.” I showed the teachers my method of turning folktales into board games […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Games, Language Arts, Literacy, math, Reading, Stories, writing
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Received 2 Book Contracts in the Mail! – October 9, 2008

Friends: Happy Happy Joy Joy! Today, I received 2 book contracts in the mail, one I was expecting and one that was a delightful surprise. I received a new book contract from Libraries Unlimited for Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales and a new picture book with Pelican Publishing Company, Madame Poule […] Read More

Categories: Author, board games, Children, Children’s Book Illustration, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Louisiana, New Orleans, Reading, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Dianne’s New Books

Friends: Since I have been back in my office, things have been hopping! My website was hacked over the summer, causing numerous problems you won’t even believe. Thankfully, after a lot of work, Heidi, my fabulous web designer, got to the bottom of the problem and fixed things, including my blog. So now, I can […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Folktales, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Jump, Jiggle & Jam! Friday, April 11, 2008

Friends: Today, I performed my “Jump, Jiggle & Jam” program for a PK-5 elementary school in the Metro New Orleans area. I had so much fun with the students. I saw about 600 students in two assembly performances in the gym. The show is a rousing and energetic performance of favorite folktales “remixed with rhythm, […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Folktales, Games, Kids, Kids SHow, Language Arts, Literacy, Performance, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 8; Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friends: Today was my eighth day doing my Stories on Board Residency at a school in the Metro New Orleans, Louisiana area. Every day this week, the library has been hosting the Scholastic Bookfair. Of course, I can never get away from a book fair without spending any money. There was no shortage of top-notch […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Kids, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 7; Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 7 of my Stories on Board residency. Wow – what a great day! The work that was created today was absolutely amazing. My day began with 50 first graders in one room. Because my first grade class was canceled yesterday, we combined two classes. Though it was crowded, both classes really […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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