"What do you do with your imagination?"

At Active Imagination events, kids are encouraged to play out the vivid contents of their imaginations using play acting, animation, costumes, props, model-making, creative movement, storytelling, and film-making. Unlike many programs that introduce children to hands-on visual arts and digital media, Active Imagination focuses on interactive group activities and inspires kids to use pretend play and technical problem-solving as a means of making friends and building self-esteem.
KID TRANSLATION: "The stuff we do is AWESOME!"

AI offers families a supportive environment for your children to play, express themselves, and build lasting relationships.

Current & Up-coming programs:

Current & Up-Coming Programs:

CIIS-EXA alumni meet-up
Sat. 5/11, 10am - 1pm
- reunion of graduates of the Expressive Arts program at CIIS.
Family welcome; great opportunity to re-connect, meet new folks, network & play

Kid-powered hands-on activities, like obstacle courses, toy re-construction, & storytelling, selected days/times after school and during breaks

COMING SOON: Family Movie Matinees
Screenings of family-friendly and homemade movies in the driveway
Please contact Phil via email or phone for details:
(415) 939-4743

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Boys group, 12/11/10

Eric leads the Banana Dance

This event was the follow-up to the very exciting 1st "Active Imagination" for boys workshop in November, where a range of high-energy arts activities provided each person a chance to embody a personal hero and confront its enemy with the support of the rest of the team.

This time, joined by Phil's friend and fellow expressive art therapist, Eric Subido, we activated our imaginations playing movement and sound games and pretending to be people and things. One boy shared his passion for Greek mythology by telling the story of Hercules. This all resulted in the creation of a whole civilization, a city called Scarlett-Victor-9, wherein each boy developed a fully-costumed character and an original building (Check out the photos, below). Eric helped create infrastructure (roads & power lines) and then played a boy-designed "visitor" character for the group's improvised 8-minute movie.

[Not pictured: Good Darth Vader's building]

This event provides more experience and feedback to plan for on-going Active Imagination groups in the New Year!

Active Imagination is a full-bodied, interactive arts experience created and led by Phil Weglarz, MFT, REAT and is available for both children and adults, individually for personal development and in groups to enhance social skills and expand methods of self-expression.The emphasis is always on creativity and collaboration, rather than technical skill. Come & Play!

Glitter & Razz Productions is partnering with Phil by hosting these programs and sharing their years of experience. (Thanks, Lynn & Allison!)

A fragment of 'Victor9ium' - a souvenir of the one-time civilization of Scarlett-Victor 9

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