Using storytelling and the arts in the classroom has
proven to be an empowering and educational tool for
both the teller/ teacher and the listener/ student.
Storytelling and the arts have shown to improve self-confidence,
listening skills, cooperation, critical/creative thinking
skills and literacy.
workshops can be adapted to different themes and/or
curricular needs as necessary. In addition, Arianna
is accustomed to working with a wide range of physical
and mental abilities; therefore she is able to adjust
her teaching to suit different learning styles and abilities.
A single session for children is a recommended minimum
of 45 minutes. There is no maximum, as each of these
single workshops can be turned into long-term residencies.
The Artist will supply a majority of the instruments
and/or props needed for the sessions.
Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling
to Motivate and Improve Literacy
the Power of the Written Word: Using Creative Writing
and Storytelling to Motivate Students to Become Authors
Her-story, Our-Story: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama
and Writing to Dramatize Perspectives in Social Studies
Story-Telling & Story-Writing
Taste of Storytelling [2nd-6th grade]
the Power of the Written Word [2nd-6th grade]
Science Through Story
Rhythm [Pre K-3rd grade]
Storytelling: Using words and photographs to tell Our Story
Forms, a lecture demonstration
a Healer [3rd-6th grade]
Wonderfully Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing
and Storytelling to motivate and improve literacy
Adventures, Comic characters and Mishaps-Silly letter stories
are a perfect genre for encouraging students' language development.
This residency helps students recognize and hear the different
phonetic sounds and the dolce while discovering how to write
a short story. Together, we write and dramatize a story using
a word containing the target sound in every sentence.
Discovering the Power of the Written Word: Using Creative
Writing and Storytelling to Motivate Students to Become Authors
From the beginning of time, writing has had the ability to
empower, anger, hurt, encourage, or excite someone. Through
a series of creative writing exercises and the process of
writing a true story or a piece of fiction, students discover
the power of their own words to persuade someone to feel a
particular emotion. This residency creates an atmosphere where
students may redefine and/or polish their own written voice.
The end result of the residency is a piece of writing ready
to be displayed at the school.
His-story, Her-story, Our-Story: Using Storytelling, Creative
Drama and Writing to Dramatize Perspectives in Social Studies
Storytelling and Drama provide the perfect bridge from rote
memorization of historical facts to a deeper learning that
develops comprehension and empathy for events and people.
In this residency, classes are divided into small group "families"
that personify the diverse perspectives that exist during
a significant historical conflict, Students develop a narrated
group story based on their exploration of points of view through
creative drama, storytelling and character journaling.
Stories in Motion
Contradiction Dance and Story Tapestries will team up to
bring this event to your venue as a workshop or residency.
Discover new techniques that you can use in the future to
give a speech, tell a story or even perform in a play or a
dance concert. Learn how to integrate creative writing, story-telling,
and dance skills into one cohesive experience. Students perform
their own "Story in Motion" as a final presentation event.
Arts-Integrated Story-Telling & Story-Writing
Pre K-3, 4-6, 6-8 9-12 Versions available. Design
your own residency. Match your curriculum with Arianna’s strengths
as an artist and teacher. Create a residency that is the right
balance for your classroom of storytelling, writing, drama,
and movement. Allow the creative process to guide your students’
ability to synthesis and evaluate their understanding of new
areas of learning.
Play and Tell
your favorite stories while dancing, singing, and playing
instruments from around the world. Through the art of play,
deepen your students understanding of story sequencing; increase
their language development; knowledge of other cultures; their
ability to work as a team.
A Taste of Storytelling [2nd-6th grade]
what it takes to perform a story from memory. Learn specific
storytelling techniques that you can use in the future to
give a speech, tell a story or even perform in a play. Create
the beginning of and structure for an entire story that you
can share with a friend, a child, or at a performance venue.
extended version of Play and Tell with a minimum of 10 sessions.
Explore the art of storytelling with the intention of creating
a play. This program culminates in a performance written,
designed and performed by the students under the artist's
guidance. The show can be a series of single story scenes
tied together by a theme or a full-length play.
Discovering the Power of the Written Word [2nd-6th grade]
beginning of time written words have had the ability to change
the way a person thinks or feels. Through a series of creative
writing exercises, students discover the power of their own
words to create an imaginary place, to tell a story, to persuade
someone, to teach, etc. The end result of the residency can
be a newspaper article, a short story or a novel.
Explaining Science Through Story
times, people explained a scientific phenomenon with a story.
Through process drama exercises and storytelling, the students
will discover the how's and why's of science. They could explore
either a specific scientific process or answer an overarching
question such as "Why the Desert is expanding?"
Nature's Rhythm [Pre K-3rd grade]
listen to a storm or walk through the forest, you can hear
nature's special symphony. How can you re-create the musical
story of nature? Discover how many different rhythms you can
create using instruments from Brazil, Africa, India and Ireland.
Documentary Storytelling: Using words and photographs to tell
Our Story [4th-6th grade]
and photographs have served as a vehicle for personal and
historical reflection in the past and present. Look at how
in the course of history people have documented their lives
through photographs and written word. Create your own short
photo-documentary that either reflects a subject you have
studied or a piece of your own family history.
new ways to tell stories. Turn off the words and discover
how sounds can carry the images. How can you create the picture
of a young girl lost in the desert without showing it with
your body or specific vocabulary? Turn the words back on and
reveal how much more powerful your story can become with the
combination of music, dance and spoken word.
Indian Folk Forms, a lecture demonstration
instruments and touch artifacts from small villages all over
India. Listen to a short story, watch a documentary film and
participate in a dance demonstration on different types of
Traditional Indian Art Forms. Walk away with a new familiarity
with a culture perhaps different than your own.
ever torn out pages from a magazine and made a collage? Learn
new techniques for creating a collage out of a wide- variety
of mediums: paint, photographs, magazines, tissue paper, ink….
Depending on the age group we would use different advanced
techniques for creating a large-scale mural. Remember: our
mural will tell a story!
Laughter as a Healer [3rd-6th grade]
helps people to overcome personal difficulties. We will discover
the art of the "Smart Clown" and create our own personal physical
comedies. This work is based on my years with Bansi Kaul's
renowned theatre troupe, Rang Vidushak, in Bhopal, India.