The program focuses on experiencing and appreciating art, rather than making art. It helps learners make rich connections between works of art and subjects such as; science, mathematics, social studies, reading, etc. Art is used as a force for developing thinking dispositions.
Imanzi, LLC partners with world class institutions through virtual field trips at the Schomburg Library in New York, National Gallery of the Arts and the Smithsonian Institutes in Washington D.C., Art Institute of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African American History. Young scholars will be introduced to artists from around the world.
Gordon Parks, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Faith Ringgold and Alma Thomas are just a few artists that will be introduced to young learners to encourage writing skills. Artistic expressions and forms are used to develop inclination, motivation and ability to think deeply across many subjects.
Observing and Describing
Students will be guided in slowing down, using their senses, and communicating impressions of what they see in a work of art...and in other things.
Reasoning with Evidence
Learners will make hypotheses about the art and support their arguments with observations.
Questioning and Investigating
Challenges learners to hone their natural curiosity by expressing their wonderings and formulating open-ended questions.
Puppetry, drama, dance, cooking are all forms of art. Students of all ages enjoy the process of participating in a variety of activities and exploring concepts that provoke rich, multilayered meaning that will spark curiosity, challenge thinking and promote innovative ideas. The combination of authentic exercises, engaging discussions, and active listening encourages self-expression through writing.
The Writers' Workshop is geared to students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 and beyond. Imanzi, LLC conducts afterschool programming, works within school systems, and supports homeschooling efforts. We enjoy encouraging learners to perform their best and express themselves through the arts.