Workshops


LANA is BOLDER! BOUNDLESS! BETTER than EVER!

BOOK RESIDENCIES and WORKSHOPS NOW FOR 2019/2020!

  • LANA creates collaborative student driven CURRICULUM CENTERED stories with clear structure and purpose.
  • Past explorations included life cycles, defining community, sky science, Alberta’s regions, immigrant history, democracy, cross cultural study, alternative energy exploration (solar and wind) and indigenous animal perspectives.
  • Well organized lesson plans are DIRECTLY connected to student learning.

FULL RESIDENCY SAMPLES:

Full residencies occur over consecutive weeks with a Summation of Learning at the end of the process.

  • EARTH, WIND, FIRE (kindergarten) Hands-on exploration of rocks, wind’s influence on the land and how the sun influences us.  Full group story followed by intimate story box sharing one to one.
  • WINTER SKY WONDERS (K to grade 3) How stars and snowflakes form using large cloths and hoops.
  • THE FOOL’S JOURNEY (grades 4 to 6) Emotional map of protagonist on a journey to understand the importance of democracy.  Humour leads us to important lessons with laughter being the key!  Outcome may be represented in still shots or live presentation.
  • STORIES UNDER MANY MOONS (grade 1/2) Perspective stories of indigenous animals of Alberta focused on themes of generosity, mastery, independence and belonging augmented with giant Spirit Guide puppets made by students.
  • WETLAND DRAGONS (grade 5) Benevolent Chinese dragons echo the importance of wetland exploration and protection in an action-packed adventure!
  • CONSUMER DRAGONS (grades 5 to 6)  Waste in our world is explored as students design these monsters and explore a potential story using still shots and film clips as representation to teach awareness and encourage alternatives for our consuming culture.
  • RADIO PLAYS (grade 5) Combining wind energy knowledge and Alberta’s past with finely tuned scripts and Foley Artistry.

LANA has a MILLION ideas!!!

WORKSHOP SAMPLES:

Fill an hour, a morning, a day or more to get a taste of possibilities in pure exploration with no summation attached.

  • UNDERSTANDING STORY STRUCTURE (grades 4 to 6)  LANA performs “The Skywatcher” and students collectively build the sequel using her example as a template.  Terms such as protagonist, events, turning point, climax, rising action, descending action and ending will be used.
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY (grades 4 to 6) A study of tolerance and the importance of democracy in neutral and or half mask.
  • SPIRIT GUIDE GIANTS (grades 1 to 6) Earth images are captured in ethereal entities with a story attached aimed at energy conservation awareness.  This workshop requires three visits.
  • CONSUMER DRAGONS (grades 5 and 6)  Built with found objects, the monsters come alive to reveal the importance of conscientious consumption.  This workshop requires three visits.

WHAT LANA OFFERS:

  • Over 40 years of focused enthusiasm with realistic goals
  • Cloth, hoops, shields, neutral masks to capture student images
  • Full sound system
  • Recorded music to augment the experience
  • Edited script (PDF) with images sent after the residency/workshop

WHAT LANA NEEDS:

  • Meeting with staff to decide on theme/curricular focus
  • Large space for movement
  • Teachers to take photos and videos on iPad
  • Summation of Learning to celebrate our findings!

LANA IS NOT JUST FOR KIDS! 

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS  Half or full day exploration of storypathing through full body creation, tactile story box and emotional mapping.
  • “YOU MATTER ” Lana embraces your group with love and humour as she uses her own life lessons to LIFT YOUR SPIRITS!