These workshops for adults and the children in their care are a way to reconnect with your full physical range and develop an expressive, communicative and playful body that will serve for all your years of child-rearing. Children are welcomed in the room and integral to our learning. We’ll learn exercises and games based on Emma’s experience in acrobatics, Tai Chi, partner dancing, and others. This class supports bonding, modeling, language and movement for children while developing creativity, communication, suppleness and strength (of both body and spirit) for adults in early parenthood.
Geared toward adults with a child who is independently mobile but still light enough to lift.
An Artist Residency in Motherhood for people who make both children and art. The current round runs Feb 9-May 11, 2018. People participate from anywhere in the world, committing to make one post on instagram every Friday in response to a prompt from another member of the group. The response can be in any medium. It is an opportunity to explore and share an artistic practice from within the perspective and realities of parenting. Some weeks we only have 10 minutes on the train to throw together a response, others we are gifted the luxury to indulge and develop skills.
Follow the work on instagram under #mamaisamaker.
Read Harnessing the Heroic Narrative of Motherhood, a HowlRound article by our own Stephanie Hayes, hailing the work of the group.
More on the project.
If you are interested in participating, the next round will be Fall 2018, check back in August for a link to submit.
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This is a workshop inspired by a presentation I made at IDEO for a program they organized called MOTION/EMOTION. I further developed it with interaction designer Marco Triverio for a special class at the Stanford d.school.
Everyone wants to make work that feels more human. But what does that actually entail? Humans are inherently physical and emotional entities; flawed, unique, and ephemeral. Can the complex nature of human beings inspire the craft of interaction design? This workshop draws on performance techniques from around the world, looking at the various modes and expressions of humanity over centuries and across cultures. Through embodied exercises, design explorations, and group discussions, the workshop encourages students to ground their designs in their own humanity.