Drum It Out!
Students will discover their own rhythm through evidence based active engagement in hand drumming and (RMM) recreational music making activities. Self-esteem, teamwork, active engagement, self-motivation, social skills, life skills, reading skills, self-respect, math skills, self-control, focus in a learning environment, respect for peers, creative self-expression are addressed.
Early Childhood School & Outreach Programs
Whether it’s at the museum or in your classroom, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s art, history and STEM connections.
This program combines exhibit exploration time with a STEAM-based program. Your students will take a journey through one of the museum’s exhibits to explore the space including real objects and artifacts from the museum’s collection. Our outreach program brings a piece of the exhibit to you! Young ones will be inspired by interactive story time and engage in hands-on STEAM exploration and creation. Preschool Journeys at the museum are 1 hour 15 min. in length. Outreach programs are 1 hour in length. In-museum cost: $6 per student/$6 per chaperone, free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program only and does not include admission to the entire museum. Outreach cost: $150/1st session; $100/additional sessions.
Playing with Patterns
October 1 – December 21, 2018
After exploring Art of the Brick, the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art, students will be inspired to take part in hands on projects. They will not only become engineers with building blocks, but also artists and scientists as they create their own STEAM-based project.
More than a Box
October 1, 2018 – May 24, 2019
Imaginations will run wild in Cardboard Engineering — an experience dedicated to hands-on exploration and creation. Students will be inspired by engineering, art and objects throughout the gallery as well as a story time. Next its hands-on experiments and collaboration on STEAM based projects.
Colors and Textures
February 18 – June 21, 2019
Inspired by The Color of Style experience, students will observe colors and textures,
and be introduced to new artists and designers. Following the exhibit exploration, students will collaborate on a hands-on creation and experience various sensory explorations such as color mixing and textile engineering.
Ice Age Animals
Step back in time with the help of Frozen Reign to see what life was like in the Ice
Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals and explore this interactive space. Next, students will be able to participate in hands-on experiments and STEAM-based projects.
Explore the basics of paleontology, archaeology and biology with a visit to the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab. In this space, students will observe real artifacts and objects and work with a digital microscope called the Micro Eye. Next, they will have a chance to become the expert and participate in hands-on activities inspired by nature.
Artful Play (outreach program only)
Inspired by Hoosier artist Lois Main Templeton, students will be able to explore the world of abstract art and become an artist for the day. First, they’ll examine an artwork by Templeton and with the help of her book, “Who Makes the Sunrise?”, they’ll take part in interactive storytelling. Also, students will participate in several STEAM based activities and collaborate on a large art project.
Educational Theater & Outreach Performances
Participate in interactive live theater performances at the Indiana State Museum or in your own classroom. Your students might even find themselves in the thick of the action!
PreK – Grade 2
Fred the Mastodon
In this lively puppet show meet Fred the Mastodon, an Ice Age mammal, who wanders the Indiana landscape searching for his herd. Audience members have a chance to participate in the show as other Ice Age animals are introduced, including dire wolves, owls and bison.
Fickelsteen Frog, a reporter for The Daily Croaker, has been assigned a feature story — he is looking for the answer to the question: What is a reptile? He wanders the countryside searching for reptiles and to find out what makes them slither.
Grades 3 – 12
This unique experience offers two live performances in one 45-minute presentation. Choose from Levi Coffin, Elwood Haynes, Thomas Say, Johnny Appleseed, Sully the Irish Canal Worker and Young Abe Lincoln. A question and answer session is included in the program.
Grades 4 – 12
The Liar’s Bench
Bovine hairballs? Vern’s Varmint Trap? A cotton mill cog from the 19th century? What does the word Hoosier really mean? The audience is divided into teams as students vie to be the first to decide if, for example, that strange-looking contraption is really a pasta holder from a South Bend restaurant or a miniature golf ball display piece.
On The Air: The Hoosier Hour
World War II is brought to life through the antics of the folks at radio station WISM as they attempt to struggle through their weekly broadcast of songs, skits and commercials with the specter of food and gas shortages, staff shortages and the ever-present war.
These interactive one-act and vignette theater pieces highlight notable Hoosiers of the past 200 years. Create an hour-long presentation that covers 200 years of Indiana’s statehood with topics including young Abe Lincoln, Thomas Say, Amanda Way, Eugene Debs, the first pro baseball game and others. Scripts will be made available by request as pre-visit resources for a more hands-on experience.
Essentials of Musical Theatre
Turn on that spotlight!
What are the essential components of performing Musical Theatre? Singing, Acting, and Dancing, of course! This class will bring to light and strengthen these essentials giving students a solid platform on which they can begin to develop strong technique in all three areas. Whether you’ve been in a show or just danced around the living room with a pretend microphone in your hand, this class will refine skills and encourage the discipline necessary to become a triple-threat! Essentials is typically taken more than one time in order to build a good basis for moving into the upper level Musical Theatre classes.
Every Day We Write a Dance
Professional dancers bring to life the concepts of shape, space, pattern and rhythm in this interactive workshop. Children learn basic dance exercises and movements while using their imaginations to create a community dance. Program supports critical and creative thinking skills plus dance and language arts standards.
Every Day We Write a Dance by Dance Kaleidoscope
Two professional contemporary dancers bring to life the concepts of shape, space, pattern, and rhythm in this high-energy workshop. Students will learn basic dance exercises and movements and use their imaginations to create a dance based on their daily lives. Students will think creatively and critically in the making of a community dance.
Explorations in Photography by William Rasdell
Students will learn the elements and principals of design as they study the photographer’s work and other gathered photos. Choose from two themes in the artist’s work: “South Africa and Migration” or “Daily Life in Cuba.” Other topics are available upon request. Cameras can be provided for student use during the workshop.
Exploring Indiana History and STEM
Connect students to history and science through this fun, interactive program. As they rotate through eight stations, students find out about Indiana history related to science. At each station they will work on challenges during which they will explore a variety of science topics and concepts. Examples: Students hear about Indiana connections to early flight and then are challenged to redesign a paper glider to make it fly farther. Students learn about changes in communication in the 1800s after which they construct simple electrical circuits that allow them to send Morse code. The program takes place in the Conner Prairie Welcome Center. This program is held when the outdoor areas are closed.
Field Trip Experience
From stepping back in time to examining primary sources, your students will love how hands-on they’re encouraged to be.
Travel back in time with our You Are There series.
Explore primary source documents in Destination Indiana. Pinch, swipe and tap their way around the state using our newly updated technology to investigate more than 300 visual journeys into Indiana history, geography and culture.
Assume the role of conservators and mend paper in the W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how science and history work together.
Enjoy live music performances and learn about a famous Hoosier in the Cole Porter Room.
Discover context clues and make inferences as they analyze primary source documents in INvestigation Station. Option not available for all groups. Please inquire when booking your field trip.
Field Trip to Line+Form Atelier
Line+Form Atelier offers engaging field trips in the studio on Fridays throughout the school year. Ms. Fran, owner of L+F, connects with teachers to ensure the field trip is meeting the educational needs of the group. Whether it’s a one time visit, or a partnership that will last several months, Line+Form field trips are guaranteed to be a highlight of your student’s year!
Filmaking + Storytelling by Tyler May
Students will discover the power of good storytelling through the medium of video and various digital mediums. They will learn hands-on how to operate a camera, interview each other, and use basic editing skills. This firsthand experience is designed to inspire students to go out and create through digital mediums.
Four Score & Seven Years Ago
To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.
Francicso Pizarro: to Serve You by Hank Fincken
If you are teaching World History or just want to understand how the Conquistadors changed the world, this one-man play is for you (5th – 12th). The conqueror of the Incas was brave, committed, and ruthless. His search for gold cities reminds us of the best and worst in ourselves.
Based on the book by Andrew Clements. Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. When he ends up in Mrs. Granger’s language arts class, he has his best idea ever. He decides to create his own word…FRINDLE! Before long Nick’s word creates a buzz in his school, his town and then to his surprise it spreads all around the country, and a power struggle erupts with the strict Mrs. Granger. Will the word “Frindle” win? Based on the multiple award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements this quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have your young audience inventing their own words.
Fun With Jazz
Teaching improvisation as a means of communication, this program introduces students to the unique American musical genre of Jazz. Featuring recognizable tunes including The Pink Panther and Flintstones theme, students will have a chance to join the Fun.
Fundamentals of Acting
Create! Challenge! Become!
This introductory acting class is designed for the beginning actor. Curriculum at this level starts with the basics of technique while encouraging creative thinking and challenging students to work hard to get things right! Incorporating improvisation, terminology, and some script work, students will start to develop their voice, body, and mind as the pursue goals, create characters and scenes, and work as an ensemble. This class is typically taken more than one time in order to build a good basis for moving into the intermediate class.
General Music Classroom Visit
ICC staff can visit your general music classroom, free of charge, and engage in activities with your class, either as a clinician, teaching model, or overall fun new experience!
Singing games, part-singing, folk dancing…staff will discuss details one on one with general music teacher and tailor the experience to each school.
Gifts of the Earth: Native American Pottery by Rob...
Student will learn about the history and culture of the Mississippi Native Peoples and the clay techniques they used. Each student will create a piece of North American Mississippi-style pottery called an effigy vessel (having the form of a human or animal). Most effective as a 60 or 90 minute workshop.
Harp Music & Stories (pre-k) by Melissa Gallan...
Students are introduced to the concert harp and will explore the connections between language and music. Students will learn to identify and respond to contrasting sounds, and will understand that musical concepts bring stories to life by communicating feelings and emotions. A version is also available for infants and toddlers.
Harp Sounds (Performance) by Melissa Gallant
Language arts concepts will come alive as students learn that music is like a story we read. Students will see how sound patterns can be transformed into music, as the artist directs students to listen for specific sounds.
Harp Sounds (Workshop)
Melissa Gallant will introduce to students the many sounds the concert harp makes while learning how the music we hear is like the stories we read.
Henry Ford: Fit to a "T"
He didn’t invent the automobile; he invented the automobile industry. His $5 a day wage made the working class middle class. In this one-man play, Ford dealers from all over the country have come to Detroit to learn about the man’s latest life-changing car, the Ford V-8. Was he a saint? Hardly, but his work continues to influence us all as much as any pioneer in US History.
Here Is My Magic Key
My basket of keys open an attic, a castle door, another dimension and more. Students literally hold the key to their imagination in the palms of their hands with this writing workshop. We explore the possibilities of these magic keys, focus on the senses in creating a story or poem together by the class, then students make up their own. “My key opens a haunted house. Beware. Take my key if you dare.” As we read, we pass the key –the gift of our imaginations– along. Led by Bonnie Maurer.
House Full of Friends by Sofiya Inger
Teaching young people to share, accept differences, and work together peacefully, this interactive program starts with a story of a tiny blue house full of very colorful characters. Students will play with shapes and forms from recycled materials, learn how to fold, bend, score, and attach them to build their own “homes full of friends,” where everyone has a place to stay and a story to tell. Hand-eye coordination, spatial perception, independent decision making, and visual storytelling are important goals of the workshop, but, most importantly, it will be fun!
How to Tell World Folktales
In this workshop/residency, students will listen and read folktales, learn how to tell folktales as well as learn how to evaluate and coach each other in the art of storytelling.
IMA at Newfields School Tours
Newfields invites students and educators to use its exhibitions, collections, historic campus, and programs as extensions of classroom learning. No matter what the area of study, we offer spectacular resources, many designed to meet Common Core and Indiana Academic Standards, for learning about our worlds and the people in it.
Newfields offers a variety of group tours (preschool through higher education) of the Galleries (including special exhibitions), the Garden, Lilly House, and the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres led by a trained guide. Schools interested in structuring their own exploration of Newfields can schedule a self-guided tour.
Once Upon A Time…
Utilizing elements from all the artistic disciplines (music, visual art, literature, etc…), children explore the structure of a story, develop a deeper awareness of self through traditional acting exercises for youth, and discover new ways to express creative ideas and use their imaginations. Ultimately, listening skills develop and natural instincts emerge allowing everyone to flourish and have fun in a unique environment that simultaneously promotes social interaction and individual expression.
Imaginative Mexican Clay Masks by Jude Odell
Students will learn about the traditions and culture of the Mexican clay village Ocumicho as experienced by teaching artist Jude Odell. Students will learn basic clay techniques and create individual imaginative mask forms. Teachers are responsible for firing or discuss options with artist. Paint on your own, or follow up with the bright colors and patterns of the glaze workshop ‘Color at 2000 Degrees.’
Keep building! Work together!
Development of this special skill inherent to acting is promoted through advanced theatre games and exercises designed to promote risk-taking and self confidence in class and on stage.
PLEASE NOTE: You must have taken a FOUNDATION LEVEL COURSE (Fundamentals of Acting, Essentials of Musical Theatre) AT LEAST ONCE to be eligible for this class.
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