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Art Lessons & Classes
Creative Drama Classes
TPAC Creative Drama Director Meredith Charles has been working as a curriculum based drama teacher at the elementary and secondary levels for over 18 years.
She holds a Bachelor's degree from Hofstra University in Theater and a Master's Degree in Theater Education from Emerson College. Meredith writes, "While I have
certainly taught my share of 'drama for drama's sake' courses and consider myself well versed in many areas of theater from performance to production, I am
especially passionate about using drama as a tool to further educational practices and understanding."
Children are natural actors and pretenders. Through creative drama classes, they are able to explore thoughts and ideas while utilizing pantomime, story-telling and creative expression. At TPAC we read and act out stories, create new worlds to explore, play drama games and become more confident in our expressive language skills all while having fun and working as a team! While each class follows a basic outline: warm-up, drama activity, wrap-up or cool down, we take each class and each student as a guide for where we will ultimately end up. We believe in letting the children guide the work while our nurturing and gifted instructors facilitate the process. For example, we might begin with the book "We're Going On a Bear Hunt," but along the way we might be led to build rocket ships and head to the moon to look for bears in space! The best dramas are the ones that happen spontaneously and that is what makes creative drama such an important part of child development.
Did you know that improvisation isn't just for entertainment? Students who study improvisation train their minds to think more quickly and creatively in a variety of situations. They work better as a team and greatly improve their problem solving skills. It’s also a huge amount of fun! TPAC's improvisation classes are designed to challenge and inspire students to stretch their brains and limits. This not only makes them better actors and performers, it ultimately makes them better students! Imagine if your student's understanding of material was greatly improved just by participating in a fun improvisation workshop. There are no limits to the amount of untapped potential that is available. Let's unleash it together!
Puppets can be an excellent tool to express ideas, especially for students who might be shy in front of an audience. In this class, we explore different types of puppets and how they can be used to reach a larger audience. We also make some simple puppets using household items. These puppets are used in original scene work that we develop and perform as a class.