Arts Labs for Teens / Playwriter's Dreamshop
9 AM – 12:30 PM
Teens will learn essential playwriting skills including creating characters, writing dialogue, crafting monologues, and learning about conflict and resolution. Through group and individual writing activities, as well as some improvisation and acting, young playwrights will develop and share their scripts. Students will also learn about the masters as they dissect famous plays, old and new. This indoor/outdoor program will include time in The Fields, where students will look to nature and contemporary sculptures as inspiration for their own writing. By the end of the week, students will have a collection of several short plays of different styles.
Emilia Teasdale is a New York State certified teacher who taught theater in New York City for several years. She has a BA in theater from Union Collage, a MA in Arts and Humanities Education from NYU, and trained at Young Playwrights, Inc. in New York City. Since moving to Columbia County a decade ago, Emilia has taught several playwriting programs for young people through PS21. She also ran the Drama Club at Chatham’s Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, teaches a summer playwriting program at Chatham Kids’ Club, and taught the Playwriters’ Dreamshop at Art Omi in 2017.
This weekly drawing group offers time and space for individuals who wish to continue to hone their drawing skills in an independent environment. Participants work indoors in the light-filled Benenson Visitors Center and gallery or outdoors in the landscape of The Fields sculpture park.
FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Playgroup meets on September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1.
Join us on Saturday mornings for this popular workshop for young artists ages 5 - 12! Based on a weekly theme and inspired by artworks in The Fields, Architecture, and the Visitors Center Gallery, each workshop includes an outdoor adventure and a hands-on artmaking activity. Led by teaching artists, children are divided into two groups by age and participate in developmentally appropriate projects that encourage curiosity, experimentation, and creative thinking through a variety of materials and experiences.