Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate, the Charleston Gaillard Center’s 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence, and an award-winning graphic designer. He’s published seven poetry books and has been mentioned in The New York Times as well as been featured on TEDxCharleston, PBS Newshour, the A&E network, the Huffington Post, Alaska Beyond Magazine, SC Public Radio and many local media outlets. Learn more about Marcus here.
Poetry, Figurative Language and Participation (Grades 3–5)
Students will learn different figurative language techniques, write together and share their work in front of the class.
Imagery Poetry Lesson (Grades 5–9)
Students will understand how sensory language, imagery, and word choice impact poems. Students will be led in an exercise that will produce poems about home and community. Participants will be asked to share their poems in class and do collaborative exercises.
Self-Portrait Poems (Grades 9–12)
Students will be encouraged to write self-portrait poems. These poems will use figurative language techniques and will allow students to get personal with the things that are happening in their lives. They’ll also share the poems with classmates.
Early Childhood Workshops
The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program is honored to present Dance.Laugh.Learn as our early-childhood 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence. DLL offers two early- childhood workshop lessons for physical education integration. All workshops will focus on working collaboratively with their peers, learning dance vocabulary, connecting choreography, and using their individual creativity and problem-solving skills. Learn more about the DLL educators here.
OPTION 1: A Sky Full of Stars
An interactive approach to learning about weight and flow, interpretive movement, and musicality through hip hop movement. CD and K will use a space-based narrative groove story to teach movement and encourage imagination and creativity. Grades 1 & 2 will use more traditional modes of teaching movement and choreography with the theme of space. More specific hip hop movement will be taught (top rock, 6-step, isolations, etc).
OPTION 2: Soccer Stars
A combination of sports-based creative movement and dance. This workshop will work on stamina, agility, and connecting the mind with body movements. CD and K will use a soccer-based narrative groove story to teach movement and encourage imagination and creativity as well as a dance-based obstacle course. Grades 1 & 2 will use more traditional modes of teaching movement and choreography with the theme of sports. More specific hip hop movement will be taught (top rock, 6-step, isolations, etc) as well as a dance-based obstacle course.
In-School Arts Workshop
NO COST TO SCHOOLS. These workshops prepare students for the performance, introduce the content, tie it to classroom curriculum and explore the topic through art. The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program offers in-school workshops prior to each educational performance. Each workshop presents the content covered in the performance and connects it to the classroom curriculum through the arts. Students are immersed in an arts-enhanced lesson featuring theater, music, literature, design, dance or visual arts.
Teacher Workshops & Professional Development
NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE. Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program, Charleston County School District Fine Arts Department and Engaging Creative Minds present three arts-integration professional learning experiences. Let us treat you to a two-part learning experience. We will treat you to a show and then a day full of development in the arts in the classroom.
Our teacher professional learning experiences will be posted on Charleston County School District’s Entrak one month prior to the date below. Classroom and fine arts teachers are encouraged to sign up as cross curricular teams.
All trainings will take place in Salon I at the Charleston Gaillard Center from 8:30am–3:00pm.
Register for Gaillard Center emails to receive information about educational resources and opportunities.