Join us this summer for Show + Tell! We've enlisted several very creative teachers / teaching artists to share their favorite creative reuse projects for the classroom. And we're inviting all our participants to share their favorite creative reuse activities too! Then, engage in a hands on activity that you can bring back with you and take some time to "shop the warehouse"!
Summer Show + Tell is Wednesdays from 3-5pm at the CCRx Warehouse, 2124 W. 82nd Place.
Cost is $5. Sign up here.
Summer Show + Tell starts on July 20, join Sylvia Marrero for STEAM Robots in Your Classroom "We will learn how to create "robots" using recycled materials with and incorporating S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning for students from grades K-4. This is a fun an exciting way to get kids thinking about careers in science and engineering at an early age. And it has a language component!" Sign up here.
On July 27, Tracey Neumarke shares DIY Magazine Picture Game Cards "We will make a set of cards that can be used for a variety of activities involving language, math, science and social skills. You can create them yourself or learn how to have your students make them. These games are great for a PreK classroom of 3, 4 and 5 year olds. I have been teaching for over 30 years and have been doing this in my classroom for a long time. The children love the cards and as a teacher I can get useful documentation from doing this with my students." Sign up here.
August 3rd, Shenequa Brooks guides the creation of Crowns for Expression and Empowerment, inspired by the crowns of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Learn various techniques for guiding the construction of crowns for self-expression and to demonstrate empowerment, using a variety of materials to express yourself with a Crown that you can wear! Sign up here.
August 10, Creativity is Your Self Care Jen Cullerton-Johnson, from Creativity is your Right will jump start self care and renewal for teachers and educators. Together and individually, engage in several methods to explore how creativity is the key to self care. Make a CCRx Imagination Journal and together we will discover how meditation and journaling soothe the soul and engage the body. Sign up here.
Finally, on August 31, Michaela Bateman of Changing Worlds will show how to Build a General Music Supply Kit. "The purpose of the project to guide teachers, teaching artists, or all other age participants in how to construct a "General Music" supply kit for students K-5th grade). The first 45 minutes we walk everyone through a quick overview defining "General Music" and its core musical concepts, how the concepts translate into classroom instruments/supplies, and then give an example of the music kit I created for Changing Worlds that achieves all those concepts in a more cost effective way. Then, 30 minutes to roam CCRx to find materials to create our own music kits and 20-30 minutes sharing our kit creations with each other!" Sign up here.
About our featured teachers,
SHENEQUA BROOKS is an Artpreneur who received her Masters of Design in Fashion, Body, & Garment at School of the Art Institute of Chicago under the mentorship of Nick Cave. Founder of Weave Your Dreams Into Reality Studios LLC, she shares her stories with the world one thread at a time.
SYLVIA MARRERO As a teacher with 22 years of experience, my broad objective has always been to have students leave my classroom with a general understanding of the formulation of ideas and how to get them down on paper. But what resulted has been so much more. My students learn that you don't have to wait for adulthood to become a writer or illustrator. By incorporating arts and crafts during my writing sessions at a young age, I hope that I have prevented negative feelings towards writing in the future.
TRACEY NEUMARKE has been teaching at different schools as a Preschool Teacher, Head Start Teacher, and Preschool for All Teacher for over 30 years. Besides working with 3, 4, and 5 year olds and their families, she loves being able to collaborate with other teachers and staff because everyone can learn so much from each other!
JEN CULLERTON JOHNSON is a teacher and a writer who believes in the power of creativity for self healing and renewal. She has published several books for children and adults and conducts writers workshops for all ages. She just returned from a trip distributing books in Kenya. www.jencullertonjohnson.com
MICHAELA BATEMAN is Program Manager for General Music, Songwriting, and Audio Production at Changing Worlds and previously worked for the Chicago Children's Choir and Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.