"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

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boys group, 1/29/11

Today's group with "The Thing" sculpture (not pictured: Eric, Asst. Teacher)

The first Saturday workshop of the year hosted four wonderful boys, including participants of previous workshops, weekly group members, and first-timers. One of the goals of these events is create interesting opportunities for boys to explore the vivid contents of their imaginations among their peers while building a community of families with expressive, engaging sons. As these boys connect to each other and continue to create and tell amazing stories, we are laying the foundation for supportive peer and family relationships for their future. And, of course, it's lots of FUN!

Today, the group began with the creation of a group sculpture (pictured below), composed of "treasures" found during the initial free-play exploratory time. Next, the group played together, exploring creative movement, sound, and interaction through themes like hot-and-cold and structured games: the Melting/Freezing Glue Dance, the Cucka-Choo movement-chant, Hula-Hooping/Jumping, Duck-Duck-Goose (a classic with some twists), Making/Running an Obstacle Course (wow!) and a new game called Rhythm Section ("I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with map, if you can't say it just: CLAP!" -- props to B.E. for sharing that favorite!). Then, after a short break, we identified characters (see Captions below) and dove into the G&R costume bins to dress-up just right, followed by a staging of each character's introduction and a shared story, complete with a collective bow at the end.

Great job, boys! Thanks for all your creativity, passion and play! Hope to see you again the next time: Saturday, 2/26

Enjoy these portraits from the day:
(not pictured: D.S. as the Narrator)

J.T. as his Arctic Fairy-Pony-Angel who makes candy and delivers it to all the people of Brazil

B.E. as the Brave Pirate-Soldier with a bull whip
G.W. as the Secret Agent Puppy who lives in London with his little brother (look closely!)
CLICK HERE to register for 
the next Saturday workshop, 2/26

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