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Mini-Residencies

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Early childhood mini-residencies provide imaginative, engaging, sequential learning experiences for children ages birth - 6 and their teachers over the course of four classroom sessions. Students express themselves creatively and master basic academic and life skills in fun, developmentally appropriate ways through a series of four arts workshops led by Trust Arts Education professional teaching artists. These mini-residencies provide professional development opportunities for teachers and can be customized to accommodate your center and the needs of your staff. Limited to 20 students (classroom teacher must be present), matching funds for the workshops may be available through our funding partners.

Mini-residencies are $350 each for locations within Allegheny County. Call for pricing for locations outside of Allegheny County.

If interested in a longer, more customized in-school residency visit our Western PA Wolf Trap Program page.

To schedule please contact Julissa Bermea, Manager of Early Childhood Programs at 412-456-2695 or by email.

Joanna Abel

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Giraffes Can Dance

Poor Gerald the Giraffe’s neck was so long and his legs were so thin that the animals made fun of him at the annual Jungle Dance. When a little cricket helps Gerald hear the sounds of nature all around him, he learns to dance, prance and boogie to his own special music! “When you’re different, you just need a different song.” Joanna is a dancer, visual artist and certified art educator.

REQUIREMENTS: Story or circle-time area; tables for art making activity

Jeff Berman

Jeff Berman

Reading & Rhythm

Children will discover the rhythm in music and in language as percussionist Jeff Berman guides them in expressing themselves by improvising rhythmic patterns and chants in the book Max Found Two Sticks by J. Brian Pinkney. Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed internationally. He has a BS in Music from the City University of New York.

REQUIREMENTS: Story or circle-time area; percussion instruments, if available; chart paper

Betty Dell

Betty Dell

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man will run and run as fast as he can, and when children catch up with him they will have learned lessons in literacy, math, social skills and body movement! Using Eric Kimmel’s version of the classic tale, Betty Dell adds farm animal puppets, movement activities, songs, and dramatic play to create a fun-filled learning experience for preschool-age children. Betty is a children’s theater performer and director, as well as a storyteller and puppeteer. She has a BFA in Theater from Point Park College, and a MS in Psychology in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

Drama, storytelling, and interactive puppetry bring a new spin to an old story when it turns out that Wilbur Wolf is just very hungry and not really bad at all! Children play an active role in this STEAM story, as they help figure out which pig’s house will withstand the wolf’s attempts to come inside. Empathy is introduced to the old tale as Polly Pig bravely decides to find out why Wilber is at their door. Food and nutrition, modes of transportation, and what makes a hope are also featured as background themes in this mini-residency filled with songs and movement! Betty is a children’s theater performer and director, as well as a storyteller and puppeteer. She has a BFA in Theater from Point Park College, and a MS in Psychology in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

Taylor Couch

Taylor Couch

Movement in the Night Sky (BabyArts Play)

Little Star loves her mama, but she can’t stop thinking about eating the Mooncake they baked together, even though she’s not supposed to take any nibbles yet. Babies and toddlers will love stretching, dancing, and developing their coordination as they learn about Little Star and the beautiful objects in our night sky.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

Getting Groovy with Pete the Cat

In Pete the Cat and the New Guy, Pete has a new neighbor who is struggling to feel like a part of the group. Children will practice self-expression and celebrate their fellow artists as Pete and his friends learn that everyone has special skills that make the world a groovier place!

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

Moving and Sharing with Rainbow Fish

Rainbow Fish learns that sharing can feel great! Through big body movements and games that will stretch their listening ears, children will practice sharing in a safe environment.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

Rosie Revere’s Engineering Team

Meet the many interesting characters in Rosie Revere, Engineer and help Rosie solve some problems. While learning the six steps of the engineering process, children will use critical thinking skills, imagination, and teamwork to go full STEAM ahead!

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

Amber Ramsey Fantini

Amber Fantini

Billy Goat Fun!

In this music-filled residency, Amber Ramsey Fantini will explore the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Children love to hear this tale, and they will delight in a multitude of movement and musical activities that explore the world of the billy goats...and their neighbor the troll!! Children will practice emergent literacy skills through rhythmic chant, singing and movement. A former elementary music teacher, Amber has a Masters in French Horn Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

Margaret Hooton

Margaret Hooton

Come to See my Farm!

Using songs, movement activities, puppets and fingerplays, we will take a trip to the farm. I Went Walking by Sue Williams provides a surprise on every page as we learn about animals. And Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres gives students a glimpse into the art of growing food. Music specialist Margaret Hooton has a BA degree and 35 years of experience singing and playing with children.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

It’s Spring!

It's Spring! by Samantha Berger is the perfect book to help children look, listen and smell spring! There will be songs about rain and fingerplays about kites and animals. We will be dancing with colorful scarves to experience the wind in song and movement. Each child will be invited to add a page to a class book based on the song Rainbow ’Round Me. Margaret Hooton has a BA degree and 35 years of experience singing and playing with children.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

The Woodcutter’s Mitten

The Woodcutter’s Mitten by Lock Koopmans is an exquisite watercolor version of the well-known folk tale, and this story has a kindly woodcutter and his charming dog gathering firewood to keep his village neighbors warm all winter. There will be an interactive tabletop puppet show, lots of wood chopping and singing. Additional winter fingerplays and tunes add to the fun. Children will have an opportunity to make a class book, showing their favorite animals for a mitten. Music specialist Margaret Hooton has a BA degree and 35 years of experience singing and playing with children.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

The Bus for Us

The Bus for Us, a Pennsylvania One Book by Suzanne Bloom, gives a peek of what is in the magic story box for this mini residency. Songs, movement opportunities and fingerplays will focus on modes of transportation from Big Rigs to bicycles. We will be Going Down to Pittsburgh Town in song – and the students will be invited to add a page to a class book with their favorite mode of transportation. Margaret Hooton has a BA degree and 35 years of experience singing and playing with children.

REQUIREMENTS: Large clear space or circle-time area.

Joann Kielar

Joann Kielar

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Pigeon wants to drive the bus, but he’s not allowed. This residency is based on Mo Willems beloved book, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” Visiting artist Joann Kielar utilizes visual arts, movement, and early literacy experiences to help children find ways to express their wants and needs and to voice the inevitable frustrations of life as a child.

REQUIREMENTS: Tables with desk space, glue for each child, sink, area to leave projects to dry.

Go Dog Go

Up, down, in, out, fast, slow — children will learn about concepts and their opposites while asking, “Where are all those dogs going?” Storytelling, music, and visual arts combine in this fun-filled residency culminating in a big dog party. Joann holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

REQUIREMENTS: Tables with desk space, glue for each child, sink, area to leave projects to dry

Too Much Noise

Visual artist, puppeteer and storyteller Joann Kielar designs developmentally appropriate visual art projects to enhance and reinforce early literacy components. Her project will focus on the book Now Things Are Worse– A Yiddish Tale. Joann holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

REQUIREMENTS: Tables with desk space, glue for each child, sink, area to leave projects to dry.

Lindsay Woge

Linday Woge

A Perfectly Messed-Up Residency

Children will engage in social-emotional learning through visual art making and storytelling! Lindsay Woge, an accomplished visual artist, brings the story of “A Perfectly Messed-Up Story” to life through exploration of emotions and expressive art making. Louie, the main character, is feeling frustrated, but with strong perseverance and a lot of help from the students in your class, Louie ends up feeling pretty good about his story! Each class will also get to write and illustrate an original keepsake book!

REQUIREMENTS: Story or circle-time area; tables for art making activity.

Alison Zapata

Alison Zapata

From Head to Toe

Alison and her friend Koko use interactive storytelling, art-making, and movement to inspire reading fun! Children will make personal connections to Eric Carle's From Head to Toe by creating their own book exploring tissue paper collage, stamping, shapes and color. Alison is a professional visual artist and art educator who holds a bachelor's degree in art education from Carlow University.

REQUIREMENTS: Basic art supplies; table and chairs; circle time area.