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Creative Connections

Creative Connections, A project of Trust Arts Education

Creative Connections are virtual learning tools designed by Trust Arts Education Teaching Artists for learners of all ages.

Each lesson is only a few minutes long and uses materials that most people already have on hand. Featuring visual arts, movement, music, and more, you can connect with the arts from wherever you are!

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Creative Connections is a project of Trust Arts Education.

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Visual Arts Activities

T Shirt Pocket Bunnies

Recycle an old shirt into a new friend with step-by-step instructions on how to make a pocket bunny.

Recommended for Ages 5+ with the help of an adult

Materials needed:

  • an old T-Shirt
  • scissors
  • a marker

Led by Annabelle Leibering

Junk Mail Journal

Learn how to bind a simple book using scrap paper as well as journaling techniques with writing and drawing. You will also explore how your journal can help you express feelings big and small.

Recommended for Ages 8+

Materials needed:

  • unwanted mail
  • glue or tape
  • writing utensil
  • rubber band

Led by Lindsay Woge

Creative Connections Coloring Sheet

Show us your color and flare! print and color your Creative Connections coloring sheet.

Recommended for All Ages

Materials needed:

  • printer
  • coloring tools

Created by Dustin Wickett

Click here to download PDF.

Still Life Photography

You will take photos of toys (or objects around their home) in front of a paper backdrop creating a still life image.

Recommended for ages 5-18

Materials needed:

  • paper for backdrop
  • table
  • toys
  • scrap paper
  • camera

Led by Randall Coleman

Collage Dinosaur [Available in English & Spanish]


Recommended for ages 3-6

Materials needed:

 

  • Variety of papers for decorating (newspaper, wrapping paper, grocery bags, etc
  • 1 piece of paper for background
  • Fabric, ribbons, pompons, etc
  • glue stick
  • markers
  • Cloth Pins
  • scissors
  • Sticks
  • As available: tempera paint, cardboard (cereal box), bubble wrap, straws, rubber bands, etc.

Led by Veronica Lopez



 

Spanish

Un Dinosaurio Muy Colorido

El Dinosaurio Colorido es un collage en el que se usan variedad de papeles, cintas, tela o cualquier material que tengan en casa para decorar
También incluye como imprimir en casa usando distintas texturas como globo de embalaje, elásticos, etc

-Para el Dinosaurio:

  • Variedad de materiales para decorar, papel, bolsas de supermercado, papel de regalo, tela , cintas, pompones, etc
  • Palitos de colores
  • Goma de pegar
  • Tijera
  • Marcadores
  • Trabas para colgar la ropa

-Para imprimir:

  • Cualquier papel liso
  • Pintura
  • Globo de embalaje, sorbetes, elásticos, etc
  • Cartón de caja de cereal, etc

Learn to Draw Kawaii

Love Japanese Kawaii? Learn how-to kawaii characters in this very easy tutorial! You will learn how to draw super cute Kawaii characters using simple step-by-step instructions.

Recommended for ages 5+

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Black marker
  • colorful markers or colored pencils

Led by Alison Zapata

 

Stack the Cats Activities

Stack and count and create your own cat puppets to go along with the book, Stack the Cats.

Recommended for ages 5-10

Materials needed:

  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • markers
  • pillows
  • paper lunch bag
  • scissors
  • glue stick

Led by Joanna Abel

 

Symmetrical Drawings

Have you ever tried drawing with your non-dominant hand? Explore how your non-dominant hand will copy the other in order to make symmetric drawings. Follow along to draw a bear and then create your own.

Recommended for ages 8+

Materials needed:

  • paper
  • writing utensils

Led by Ron Coleman

Movement Activities

A Healthy Step

Rhythmically use your own body to create fun, repetitious sounds using healthy foods to identify each movement. Follow along, then create your own combinations. or make a new move with your favorite healthy food.

Recommended for All Ages

Materials needed:

  • your body
  • an open space for moving around

Led by Dennis Garner


Ballet Storytelling

After a fun silly warm up you will learn three key ballet terms and use them to tell the story of a flamingo's first ballet class!

Recommended for ages 4-6

Materials needed:

  • imagination
  • space to move

Led by Brittany Tague

Capoeira: Flip, Kick and A Twist

Capoeira is an exciting martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, culture and music. You will learn the basics of capoeira movement and with that knowledge they will begin to learn how to play the game of capoeira.

Recommended for ages 5+

Materials needed:

  • an open space
  • stool or small chair

Led by Akin Lowman-Jackson

Kente Colors Storytime

Listen to a reading of the book “Kente Colors” and then join in a movement activity that related to the story.

Recommended for ages 3-7

Materials needed:

  • your body
  • an open space

Led by Celeta Hickman

Musical Theater Dance Combination

Warm up and stretch your body and then learn a new dance combination! Get creative and add the next 8 counts of movement to the song.

Recommended for ages 8+

Materials needed:

  • your body
  • an open space

Led by Bianca Brandon

Belly Dancing Fundamentals

Shimmy and shake, isolate and undulate! Learn the art of belly dance with a breakdown of basic hip and chest movements. Combine what you learn with music and dance along.

Recommended for All ages

Materials needed:

  • your body
  • an open space

Led by Joanna Abel

Stretch, Wiggle, and Move

Get your body moving and learn elements of dance with a series of warm-ups, games, and cool downs to activate every part of the body.

Recommended for ages 3 - 7

Materials needed:

  • your body
  • an open space

Led by Taylor Couch

Music Activities

Adapted West African Drumming

Learn the basics of West African drumming with a breakdown of sounds and the building blocks for creating songs. Use household items to play along and build your own rhythms.

Recommended for ages 5+

Materials needed:

  • pots, pans, bowls, or other household items to make sounds

Led by Dante Mitchell

Alive with Rhythm!

Learn something new about music, including tempo, emotion, dynamics, rhythm, and the role instruments play in a band.

Recommended for ages 4-8

Materials needed:

  • your body

Led by James Johnson III and Lorenze Jefferson

Digital Overflow - A Survival Kit

Based on his research from “Mind Body Problem” solo performance, Gil Teixeira shares some practical tips that people can deploy in their daily routine to help them find a balance between your digital and physical life.

Recommended for ages 12 and up

No materials needed

Led by Gil Teixeira

The Poetry of Rhythm

Turn your favorite stories or poems into music! Arrange imaginative language, sounds, and rhythm into musical chants, songs, and movement designs by using the syllables of words from a favorite reading.

Recommended for All Ages

Materials needed:

  • book, prose, or story
  • your body or a household item to create sounds

Led by Jeff Berman

 

Down by the Bay! It’s Rhyming Time!

Using the folk tune “Down by the Bay,” which is a rhyming echo song, we will practice recognizing rhymes and making up new ones!

Recommended for Ages 3-5

Materials needed:

  • your body
  • an open space
  • paper and crayons or writing utensils

Led by Margaret Hooton

 

 

Analyzing a Musical Theater Song

Learn some tips and tricks on how to analyze musical theatre text and translate that analysis into vocal and acting technique. This analysis will be applied to the song "On My Own" from the perspective of the character Eponine from Les Miserables.

Recommended for Ages 10+

Materials needed:

  • Sheet music for "On My Own" from Les Miserables
  • Highlighter
  • Pencil

Led by Cassidy Adkins

Download Worksheet

 

Singing and Playing with Diary of a Wombat

How does a Wombat spend its days? Find out as we go through their diary! Enjoy singing along and making music as we go through the week.

Recommended for Ages 3-6

Materials needed:

  • Any type of bag or box
  • Stuffed animals or other objects to put in your bag to create your own story
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • To make the instrument: paper plates, hole punch, string, dried beans or pebbles

Led by Amber Fantini

 

Hair Love Storytime and Sing Along

Listen to a reading of the book “Hair Love” and then listen and singalong to a new song!

Recommended for Ages 3-7

Materials needed:

  • Your body
  • Open space

Led by Delana Flowers

 

Theater Arts Activities

Acting Out Emotions

There are many ways to use drama and acting to identify and express emotions in a positive way. Follow along to learn how to create an emotions poster and an emotions runway activity.

Recommended for Grades 1-3

Materials needed:

  • Imagination
  • Paper
  • Pens, Crayons or Markers

Led by Liz Foster-Shaner

Building a Storytelling Jar

Learn the building blocks of telling a story (beginning, middle, and end). Then create a Storytelling Jar by writing any words you can think of onto small pieces of paper and placing them in your container. Use your words one at a time to prompt your own story.

Recommended for ages 4-8

Materials needed:

  • paper
  • writing utensils
  • Toys
  • scrap paper
  • clean, empty container

Led by Cassidy Adkins


Tips and Tricks for Young Actors

Get some expert tips and tricks to make you the best actor that you can be! This advice can help you to know how to control your volume, warm-up your voice, what to do with your hands, and more.

Recommended for ages 9+

Materials needed:

  • a ready to learn attitude

Led by David Minniefield

 

 

Hand Puppet Performance

Learn how to make a puppet using your hands. Then, make you puppet move, talk, and perform your own concert!

Recommended for ages 7-11

Materials needed:

  • card stock paper
  • scissors
  • pen
  • pipe cleaner and twist tie

Led by Susan Swarthout

 

 

Life in Scale - Theater Scaling

Learning what scale means and how to measure things in different scales. Then, create your own figures and place them in theatrical scenes. Think about how this applies to theatre and the film industry and how you can create your own scenes!

Recommended for ages 10+

Materials needed:

  • paper
  • ruler
  • camera
  • markers
  • tape
  • printer for figure template
  • optional - playdough or clay

Led by Tucker Topel

Click here to download PDF


 

Toddler Storyplay

Retell the story of the Three Bears, using props easily found in your house. The focus of the activity is the interaction between the adult and child, the child’s growing concept of story, and the exploration of play materials.

Recommended for Ages 1-3

Materials needed:

  • 3 stuffed animals or puppets of different sizes
  • 3 spoons of different sizes
  • 3 non-glass bowls of different types
  • 3 pillows or cushions of different types
  • 3 cloths of different types
  • 1 action figure or doll

Led by Betty Dell

Click here to download PDF