14663 West Lake Road
Hammondsport, NY 14840
If you have a high speed link you might like to see this slide show. It shows activities at one recent residency.
twenty-five year veteran of the arts in education field, Chris Holder
designed and led scores of residencies across New York and New England
Here are just some of the possible formats your residency may use:
Storytelling, music and creative writing residencies often focus on genres of stories: how and why stories, tall tales, fairy tales, etc. Chris tells many examples and then students work in groups or collaboratively to create their own, often presenting their work for their peers in other classes or publishing these works for the library.
Recent popular themes have been animals, dinosaurs, the environment, a local celebratory landmark, or the dramatization of a favorite book.
Local history, cultural traditions, social studies, the environment or landmark celebrations figure prominently at this level. Writing skills have advanced significantly so that complex prose, poetry, songwriting and interviewing is possible; confidence in performance is dramatically increased.
For middle school students there is really no topic too daunting to approach through the combination of literary, musical and performing arts. They can be excellent writers and collaborators, terrific storytellers and songwriters, and they are strongly motivated by activity based projects with challenging themes.
Arranged and developed through collaborative efforts of individual arts-in-ed representatives and High School teachers and administrators. Often based in two or more departments (music and history, arts and foreign language, English and social studies, etc.)
atmosphere of teach and
test, the addition of Chris Holder's creative production is a blast of
fresh air. He has the remarkable ability to find just the right
to intertwine with student research to create a memorable performance"
Gail Wolczanski, Teacher Leader - Social Studies Oxford Road School New Hartford, NY
SAIL INTO HISTORY!
"Thanks for all you did to make our 5th grade residency so successful. The students' written work certainly demonstrated their understanding of not only the facts about the Civil War but also the powerful emotional issues during that period of history. What a tremendous learning experience for our school community!"
Martha Deborah Brown, Principal, Arthur School, Athens, NY
SCHOOL THEME SONG!
"Wonderful! This residency reinforced a multitude of concepts within our social studies/science/language arts curriculums."
Marty Deyo, Third Grade, East Greenbush, NY
All of us felt the storytelling residency was a highly successful, productive and valuable experience. The children were inspired by you, as were we."
- Peg Howes & Sixth Grade Team, Stillwater Middle School, Stillwater, NY