Workshops - Fall 2020

Registration for fall workshops will be available September 8, 2020.

Workshops will be offered either in person or remotely consistent with the school's operating safety protocols.

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Meeting after school weekly during the fall, winter, and/or spring trimesters, Enrichment Workshops connect students to passionate experienced instructors and teaching artists from the Portland community for an afternoon of exploration. Workshops include: arts, acting, dance, sports, cooking, technology and musical exploration. 

Waynflete Workshops are open to the broader community. We welcome students from all schools to participate in our Enrichment programs! 

For more information, contact the Enrichment Office at enrichment@waynflete.org or 207-774-7863:
Penny Prior, Enrichment Assistant, ext. 1355 
Tessa Anable, Director of Enrichment, ext. 1379 

 

**For Middle School Parents:
Middle School athletic practices take place during the school day and do not overlap with enrichment workshops. Teams typically compete on Mondays and Thursdays, and there will likely be competitions on other days due to scheduling challenges like weather and holidays. If you sign up for an enrichment workshop and there are athletic conflicts, the School will not reimburse you for the cost of the missed workshop.

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*All students must be registered to attend an enrichment workshop. Full up-front payment for workshops is required prior to attendance.

*Students enrolled in "Full-time Afterschool" receive a 25% discount on the price of enrichment workshops; use the code "FTAS" at checkout.

Have an idea for a new workshop? Contact Director of Enrichment Tessa  Anable at enrichment@waynflete.org.

 


 

Fall 2020 Workshops:

monday: GRADES 2–3

2-3 Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

Mondays 3:15–4:30 p.m.

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages young movers to build skills, expand movement awareness, and make dances through playful exploration, games, imaginative improvisation, and short movement studies.

Lower School Enrichment Dance Program Concerts are scheduled in December and May. More information will be provided to workshop participants. Questions, contact Susan at snelson@waynflete.org


 

 Drama Club 
Instructor: Tiki Fuhro 

The Drama Club is a place to work on skills for the theatre in the company of like minded peers. We value playfulness, creativity, and collaboration. Sessions will include games, warm-ups, improvisation and producing a short play either live, live streamed or on Zoom. The company will have the opportunity to develop skills in acting, ensemble building and movement. They will imagine and create the world of the play as they consider set, costume and poster design as well. No experience necessary. 

4-6 Grade sessions will give students an opportunity to develop an understanding of theatre concepts such as character and setting while bringing a short play to life.

7-8 Grade session will give students an opportunity to build on their skills as actors by developing character and working more deeply on the text of their play.

Plays: to be announced!

Tuesday: GRADES 2-4

Engineering Games
Instructor: Susan Wiemer

Tuesdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.

The overarching goal of Engineering Games is immersion in STEM concepts and the scientific process in ways that are engaging, challenging and fun. Lessons are not lectured, but experienced, through direct hands-on work and play. Students are presented with various challenges that require learning basic engineering and physics concepts to achieve. We set goals and sharpen problem-solving and analytical skills as we build our projects. 

Some of our projects this year?

"Inside-out" puppets, which are lessons in anatomy and an introduction to Biomimicry. We create "bones" from wire and talk about structure and stability. Rubber bands are "muscles," which move our puppets while we discuss potential energy, leverage and torque. 

Egg Drop and Egg Crash: these are timeless classics, for good reason. Our work with structure, stability and Biomimicry carry over into these challenges, which are great opportunities for exploration into how nature reduces impact on vulnerable organisms. 

What's in store for this Spring's workshop session?

Hydraulic puppets and Monster Hands...

A note from Susan: Thank you for your support of this program. There is a pressing need for our children to experience and view STEM as accessible, interesting and fun. This workshop brings kids in on the 'ground floor', introduces valuable STEM concepts, piques kids' natural curiosity, encourages them think about how the world works, and why, and to seek out science-based solutions. 

As always, the purpose of Engineering Games is to combine STEM principles with artistic expression, goal setting and teamwork. Let’s roll!

 

TUESDAY: GRADES 5-8

Electronic Music Production (beginners welcome!)
Instructor: Chris Child "Kodomo"

Tuesdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.

In this Enrichment Workshop, students will learn to record, create, and edit sounds from scratch, and gain a foundation for creating electronic music. Chris welcomes beginners and anyone who wants to explore new ways to create electronic music. View course curriculum outline and the syllabus. This program will be progressive so that students who begin in fall will continue to develop new skills throughout the year. 

Chris Child, Emmy-winning composer and electronic musician Kodomo, will share his experience, teaching campers the basic elements of electronic music production: 1) sampling, 2) synthesis (using different wave forms to create sound), 3) arrangement, and 4) production.

Listening to and recording new sounds will heighten musical listening ability. Chris will help students maximize their use of Garage Band, introducing students to new layers and depth within the software. Each student will need a good pair of ear-covering music headphones. 

Listen to a track created by a Middle School student.

 

TUEsday: Grades 6–8

6-8 Dance Choreography
Instructor: Susan Nelson

Tuesdays 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Students in this workshop will study and practice dance theory, expand technical skills, explore compositional tools, and choreograph short dance pieces. Dancers are guided through the process of creating, designing, and performing their own works in the Enrichment Dance Program Concert in December and the Waynflete Dance Collective Concert in May. 

Experienced dancers in Grade 5 may also be eligible to join this class. Contact Susan Nelson directly at snelson@waynflete.org.

 

Wednesday: Grades K–1

K-1 Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

Wednesdays 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages young movers to build skills, expand movement awareness, and make dances through playful exploration, games, imaginative improvisation, and short movement studies. 

Lower School Enrichment Dance Program Concerts are scheduled in December and May. More information will be provided to workshop participants. Questions, contact Susan at snelson@waynflete.org

 

Wednesday: GRADES K-5

Karate (K-5 online class on Wednesdays)
Instructor: Kyoshi Andy Campbell

Wednesdays 1:00–1:45 p.m. for Gr. K-5

Back by popular demand for the spring enrichment season, Kyoshi Andy Campbell, returns to continue karate classes online for Spring 2020. Weekly class time will involve karate demonstrations and online student participation to continue developing a strong martial arts foundation and build upon skills learned last season. Karate classes - even online 'meetings" - develop students’ focus, respect, self-control and self-discipline, through the development of basic karate skills (beginner or intermediate, depending on age and experience).

With the online class format, Grades K-5 will participate in this lively skill-building adventure together. 

Instructor Bio: Kyoshi Andy Campbell is an 8th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He owns and runs his own dojo, Dragon Fire Martial Arts, in South Portland. With 38 years of training and 34 years of teaching under his belt, he has competed in karate matches all over the world and is a 23-time world champion. Notably, Kyoshi Andy was an instructor of Tarah Frederick, Waynflete's former karate Sensei, when Tarah was a karate student progressing to the level of an international competitor.  

 

WEDNESDAY: GRADES 4–8 

Indoor Tennis
Instructor: Kyle Mersereau

Wednesdays 12:10–2:45 p.m.

Clinic Location:
APEX Racket and Fitness Center
2445 Congress Street, Portland

APEX tennis pros employ proven current teaching techniques, including the use of “low compression” tennis balls, to propel clinic participants to the next level of racket skills and game play. Kids will practice forehands, backhands, serves and volleys, while learning game scoring, court position and ball placement through fun games and drills. This clinic is geared to the intermediate tennis player. 

Transportation is provided to and from APEX Racket and Fitness Club. Lower School students will be picked up at dismissal from the 4-5 classroom. MS students should meet the tennis instructor/driver at the MS Office at dismissal. Pick up after the tennis workshop is at the Waynflete "loop," by the tetherball court. Bring a lunch and water bottle. Rackets are available to borrow, or bring your own.

 

Thursday: Grades EC4-1

Stories to Stage 
Instructor: Hannah Daly


Thursdays 3:30–4:10 p.m.

Connecting online with Hannah Daly, the Stories to Stage actors will learn the basic components of musical theater and how to bring a story to life for an audience through stage presence and simple line delivery. Aspiring actors will play improv games, sing songs, practice creative movement, learn to project their voice and express themselves on stage, and more! We hope that on the last day of the program, students will be able to gather to present a short performance for family and friends. Otherwise, actors will have an opportunity to share through an online performance. 

 

Thursday: Grades 4–5

4-5 Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

Thursdays 3:15–4:30 p.m.

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages dancers to build skills and expand their movement awareness through playful exploration, imaginative improvisation, and short movement studies. This workshop introduces students to beginning dance technique and basic skills for dance composition and choreography.

Lower School Enrichment Dance Program Concerts are scheduled in December and May. More information will be provided to workshop participants. Questions, contact Susan at snelson@waynflete.org

Note: Experienced dancers in fifth grade may also be eligible to join the 6-8 Choreography class, which meets on Tuesdays. Contact Susan directly at snelson@waynflete.org.

 

THURSDAY: GRADES 6–8

Dungeons and Dragons
Instructor: Mike Dank

Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Join your friends around the table to dive into a world of your own design!

At its core, Dungeons and Dragons is a game of collaborative storytelling. Students will each take on the role of a character in a fantasy story, and will need to work as a group to uncover treasure, solve puzzles, and accomplish their goals.

Upper school mentors and more experienced students will help newer players learn the basic rules, and often the best stories are made by those who are new to the game!

What path you choose is up to you...but know that the world is full of both danger and adventure...