Schedule of events and workshops

Events and Workshops

Fall Play Lab Announcement

Welcome back to a new season of Play Lab! We had a great summer with our Mini Play Lab camps. Check out their beautiful creations, including a castle and Olympic games on Facebook.

Continuing our research this Fall, we have made changes to Play Lab:

  • two new locations, 808 Union Street, Park Slope and 320 Dean St, Boreum Hill
  • We will be holding 4 participant max Play Labs in Park Slope first Sunday of every month, and larger workshops for children and parents at our Boreum Hill loft (dates TBD).
  • Monthly Play Labs in Park Slope are drop off only

MORE INFO: playfulbeings.com

 

Clown Therapy
When: Saturday, March 12th and 26th from 4-7pm
Location: Institute for Playful Beings
320 Dean Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)
$10 suggested donation
RSVP required by emailing: info@thebodyliterate.com

Cori Olinghouse will share Clown Therapy, a performance practice exploring the relationship between humor and the unconscious. Clown Therapy employs the creation of fictitious characters through movement, collage, and visual comedy. Based on clowning as an imaginative key for humor, stream-of-conscious modes for excavating the unconscious, and aesthetic practices of collage, Clown Therapy brings internal landscapes to the surface and mines them as material–exaggerating and animating a series of shape-shifting characters and personas. Meant as a space for mess making, irreverence, and amusement, this practice invites and celebrates failure and the absurd.  More information: http://playfulbeings.com/clown-therapy/

Play Lab Summer Camp 2016 is here!

A play theory camp for kids in Brooklyn, NY August, 2016image

Four mini camps for children ages 6 and up, led by art educator and play enthusiast, Priscilla Shen. During each workshop session, we will play, share, reflect, and experiment with ideas and materials. Learning will be self-propelled, self-motivated, and help us become more engaged in the creative process. We will discover the expressive and meaningful qualities of simple materials. We will be resourceful, and most importantly we will recycle. The final workshop will conclude with an exhibit or share of our work at the bodyLITERATE Incubator. Our 3-day mini camp will focus on a group installation and exhibit at the end. Our 2-day mini camp will allow individual and/or group exploration. More information here: http://playfulbeings.com/play-lab/

 

Play Lab

Play Lab continues in 2016.  Visit http://playfulbeings.com/play-lab/ for a complete schedule for Play Lab

an ongoing workshop to  foster play and creativity in people of all ages. Taught by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro

play lab image for Fall 2015

Come play and make art! Open to ages 5 +. Each Play Lab session will have a particular play theme to initiate our art making. Play themes will be advertised prior to the lab date. All labs will focus on basic materials such as paper, scissors, tape and glue, as well as recycled items that just need a little bit of imagination to transform. “Players” may bring other items to share with the group. Creations may be collaborative and/or individual. At times, an installation will be made for all to enjoy.

The magic of play is that the ordinary can become extraordinary. Get some Rocks, Paper, and Scissors, and you have the potential to create a wonderland!

 

DATES: [a description of each Play Lab will be posted the week before]
-Sundays 9-12pm on…

October 11, 25,
November 1, 15, 29
December 6, 20

LOCATION:
bodyLITERATE Incubator: 112 2nd Ave, Studio 5, Gowanus, Brooklyn

COST:
5 workshop bundle = $125,
drop in rate = $30

Sunday, Sept 27 special price!  $20

To signup please email: info@thebodyliterate.com

KIDS CAMP: Play Lab – a camp for play theory in Brooklyn

August 10-14, 2015

9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 9am – 12:00pm

Location: the bodyLITERATEIncubator (112 2nd Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn).

Teacher/Guide: Priscilla Shen-Ribiero

A play theory camp for kids in Brooklyn, NY August, 2015

A play theory camp for kids in Brooklyn, NY August, 2015

A series of art workshops for children ages 7-9, led by art educator and play enthusiast, Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro. During each workshop session, we will play, share, reflect, and experiment with ideas and materials. Learning will be self-propelled, self-motivated, and help us become more engaged in the creative process. We also will discover the expressive and meaningful qualities of simple materials as we build a group installation. We will be resourceful, and most importantly we will recycle. Sessions may take us outdoors, within walking distance, to spaces and areas where we may get ideas, observe, or make art. The progression of the workshops will move according to our group findings and reflections. The final workshop will conclude with an exhibit of the group installation at the BodyLITERATEIncubator.

Participants limited to 8

Fee: $150 if registered before 8/1  (after 8/1 $175)

To register or for inquiries, please email:info@thebodyliterate.com

 

workshop: Wu style Tai Chi and The Alexander Technique

Come for an introduction to Tai Chi and Alexander Technique!

Drop-ins welcome! Your first class is $5.

Regular class price: $14

In this class series, participants will learn the beginning of the Wu-Style Tai Chi form, a 108 sequence of movements. In addition, proper alignment within the form will be learned using the Alexander Technique.  Tai Chi is an excellent way to practice Alexander Technique principles and to learn how to move with ease, relieve tension and to move more gracefully.

Wu Style Tai Chi: is a Chinese martial arts system that uses slow, meditative, deliberate movements to learn a fighting system and healthy body posture. In particular, the Wu System uses a shorter stance to create more power and thrust from the practitioner’s base.  Benefits include, pain relief, grace, joint health and stress-relief.

Form: http://youtu.be/Wpi8WzumE8g

Push-hands: http://youtu.be/TL2s07_oQZA

Alexander Technique: is a system of learning how to move more efficiently. The technique supports self-sufficiency, awareness, ease of movement, and healthy posture.

classes: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am:  7/18, 7/25, 8/1,  8/22

LOCATION: 112 2nd Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn: at the bodyLITERATE Incubator

RSVP required. email: info@thebodyliterate.com

 

workshop: Paper Garden

Sunday, June 28, 3-5pm.  At bodyLITERATE Incubator: 112 2nd Ave, Gowanus, Brooklynplaying with paper workshop

FREE!  Let’s explore the possibilities of paper and grow a garden! Come to fold, tear, crumple, roll, cut, and connect paper to make a momentary garden installation for our enjoyment.

 

 

workshop: Wu Style Tai Chi and the Alexander Technique

In this 5-class series, participants will learn the beginning of the Wu-Style Tai Chi form, a 108 sequence of movements. In addition, proper alignment within the form will be learned using the Alexander Technique.  
wu style tai chi and Alexander Technique
Wu Style Tai Chiis a Chinese martial arts system that uses slow, meditative, deliberate movements to learn a fighting system and healthy body posture. In particular, the Wu System uses a shorter stance to create more power and thrust from the practitioner’s base.  Benefits include, pain relief, grace, joint health and stress-relief.
Alexander Technique: is a system of learning how to move more efficiently. The technique supports self-sufficiency, awareness, ease of movement, and healthy posture.
When: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am: 6/20, 6/27, 7/11. 7/18, 7/25
Location: bodyLITERATE Incubator, 112 2nd Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn
Whole series (5-classes): $70    If you take the first class and would like to continue with the series, you would pay 70-18 = $52 
First class: $18
RSVP required.  Please email: info@thebodyliterate.com

workshop: Alexander Technique Basics for Children and Adults

July 13th at 7:15pm at the bodyLITERATE Incubator (112 2nd Ave, Brooklyn)

polar_bear alexander technique

This workshop focuses on the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique in sitting, standing and lying down techniques for rest and recuperation. The class is geared for people of all ages, children (9 and over) are welcome!

Workshop can be taken as an entire series or in a drop-in basis.
Each class is $20,
Reservations required. Email info@thebodyliterate.com

About the teacher: Kai Kleinbard is an amsat certified Alexander Technique teacher. For over a decade he has been a learning specialist working with children, and adolescents with special learning needs, including ADHD and sensory processing issues. He runs a teaching company, integrating the Alexander Technique and academic support: http://thebodyliterate.com. He also runs a community-based company that focuses on researching embodied and emergent learning through somatic practices and play theory: http://bodyliterate.org

For more information, email: info@thebodyliterate.com

urban arts lab workshop bodyliterateworkshop: “Urban Arts Lab” May 31, 2015. 9:30-11 a.m  Ages 7 and up. Limit 8. Materials fee $5.  Otherwise workshop is free.

Meet at 112 2nd Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn at the bodyLITERATE Incubator

Taught by Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro

Art is everywhere! Where can you find it? What is it like outdoors? Come and prepare for an art exploration of the local neighborhood. Where can we get ideas for the art process? What can we bring with us to make art? Children will create art kits to take along on a journey through the neighborhood. We will stop at spots that inspire us to create.

 

 

workshop:Play, Creativity, and Structure” April 19, 3-5pm
at the “Incubator”  112 2nd Ave priscilla play picture   Free
How can structure, or setting limits, help us discover the infinite possibilities of creativity and play? In this workshop we will explore a variety of art activities that will initiate free thinking, experimentation, and play within a structure of questioning and problem solving. Open to children and adults, ages 5 and up. At the bodyLITERATE Incubator. Please RSVP: kaikleinbard@bodyliterate.org

 

one-on-one consultation:  “Executive Functions and the Alexander Technique” March 16 – 22, 2015. Times vary.  Please email kaikleinbard@bodyliterate.org to schedule an appointment.

The bodyLITERATE is a Brooklyn education company that offers executive functions tutoring and coaching as well as Alexander Technique.  Executive functions are the neural processes that support efficient, organized approaches to academic work, including time-management, working memory, task initiation and attention/focus.  The Alexander Technique is a movement-reeducation method that helps people develop better posture, physical efficiency and awareness. Together, this type of one-on-one academic support offers young learners life-long skills for increased agency and sustained success in school.

During the week of March 16 – 22, we will be offering 45 min one-on-one executive functions consultations with a learning specialist at our Park Slope office (808 Union St). Please email kaikleinbard@bodyliterate.org for more information or to schedule a consultation.

workshop:  “Rocks, Paper, Scissors and Play
March 1, 2015, 3 p.m.

In a world full of pre-made toys and structured play. How can we photo(3)keep play experiences simple and make the ordinary extraordinary?

Come for a session of play. We will use rocks, paper, scissors, and a few more ordinary things to make extraordinary play! So bring your child and your childlike nature to engage in the most meaningful activity for ourselves: Play.

Play can be meaningful from many perspectives. It helps us role play, make sense of the world around us, or simply provide moments of creativity. To each individual play can be a combination of these things or be something else. It is the most extraordinary means to incorporate our mind and body.

Come and play. Free. Open to Children ages 4-5 and those who think they are a kid at heart. Ten people limit. Parents can participate or observe. Please do not bring any toys.

Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro is an art educator at PS 295 in Brooklyn and provides staff development in the visual arts in the NYC area.

 

workshop: “Creat-URE Creature
Sunday, February 22 4-5:30 at The Bridge (119 8th St)
free

This dance and visual art workshop is taught by Kai Kleinbard. creaturecreaturePeople of all ages will create creatures through drawing and movement. You will map your creation and then embody whatever otherwordly, monstrous, angelic, floating, hovering, clamoring being your mind can fathom.

In this workshop students will continue to play with mapping. How can a creative map (such as a diagram) be developed into more complexity? Students will also play with embodying their creatures, through visualization and play. The class uses elements of creative mapping, popping (a style of dance) and mime. Sign up by emailing kaiming718@yahoo.com


WORKSHOP: “Mapping a Moment”, a collaborative art mapping a momentworkshop for adults and children ages 5 and up,  free,

Sunday, January 25th, from 2 – 4 p.m..

Taught by art educator, Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro

This workshop will be a unique experience in mapmaking. Participants will create personal and meaningful maps of themselves (imaginary or realistic) and interconnect them with other participants in the workshop. We will collaborate through art activities and discussion and create large scale prints of our connected maps. Each participant will get to take a print home to remember this experience.

Please come for this collaborative experience in which you will connect to others and make a group art piece.

Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro is an art educator at PS 295 in Brooklyn and provides professional development for teachers throughout New York City.

 

Unorthodox Cartographies: an art class on map building, freelauren sburke
Saturday, December 13 at 6pm
Taught by visual artist/illustrator, Lauren Simkin Berke
http://simkinberke.com/
From places you know well to the unknown and unknowable, this course will be a place to play with illustrated maps in as many ways as you can conceive. We will do a series of short map making exercises and then will have one larger project to each create a fold-out style map with detail windows, reference key, and index, of a location oomf each students choosing (real or imagined).

I will be running this workshop on Dec. 13th at Cori Olinghouses and Kai Kleinbard’s new space, The Bridge, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Space limited to 10 spots. Sign up by emailing kaiming718@yahoo.com.

 

 

Drawing Club, free

drawing club for children and adultsSaturday, December 6th at 6pm

Drawing Club is a community forum that meets twice a month in Gowanus, BK – created with the intention for fostering a space for play, experimentation and doodling. Artists will gather to practice in a non-linear fashion around many facets of a drawing practice. Each session will begin with gesture drawing and figure drawing practices, utilizing an array of materials from simple objects to wearable sculpture designs by Andrew Jordan. Each session will unfold with a series of shared practices, led by participants. Participants can come with any level of experience and from any discipline. As part of each session, we will collaboratively gather selected images to curate a zine of our shared drawings.

Treats will be served. Bring drawing materials to work with!

RSVP to corihouse@gmail.com

 

“Mapping the Self” – new class launching in November!

(source: http://thecharnelhouse.org/) Bauhaus, Oskar Schlemmer

(source: http://thecharnelhouse.org/) Bauhaus, Oskar Schlemmer

Sundays in November and December from 10-12pm (11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14)
$100 for the class series or $25 per drop-in class
Mapping the Self led by Cori Olinghouse, is intended for performers and movement artists looking to create depth within their solo practices. Designed as a laboratory, this 5-week series introduces tools from the Alexander Technique and Improvisational forms that inspire embodiment, creativity, and self-sufficiency. This approach synthesizes technical and creative practices in a vital feedback loop, where learning is deepened through creative application and creative articulation deepened through technique. Influenced by Olinghouse’s 20 year investigation of the Alexander Technique, along with Laban Movement Analysis, Emergent Improvisation, Bartenieff Fundamentals, BMC and research from her own creative practice, she will lead participants through a shape-shifting terrain, offering multiple points of entry into one’s own embodied practices.

Class size is limited, please reserve your spot in advance by emailing: corihouse@gmail.com

 

 

Peripheral Events (outside The Bridge)

BRIC Arts Media, free 

Tuesday, December 2, 7pm

Cori Olinghouse, a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer, teacher, and archivist whose work explores the shapeshifting capacities of the body, space and time, brings her unique perspective on physical transformation to BRIC for our first dance performance on the Stoop. BRIC’s Stoop Series illuminates the arts and life around us in Brooklyn through artistic performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. Explore music, visual art, film, media, storytelling, comedy, and other creative fields. Grab a coffee or a cocktail and engage with some of the most innovative artistic voices in Brooklyn’s ever-expanding cultural scene. On the monumental interior stoop of BRIC House – there’s something different every week!

Click here for more information

 

Soaking Wet at the West End Theater

Feb 5 – 8, 2015 8:30 pm

Kai Kleinbard will premier a new creation.  Stay tuned for more details….

The West End Theater is located on the second floor of the Church of St. Paul & St. Anthony at 263 West 86th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue).

 

 

Past Events and Workshops

Wearable sculptures and creatures: Halloween workshop, freephoto 2 (1)
Sunday, October 26 1:30 – 4:30pm

We are excited to bring Andrew Jordan, Brooklyn-based visual artist to our space for his wearable sculpture / costume building workshop. Andrew Jordan is a visual artist working in various media including sculpture, performance, fashion, costume design, and photography. For as long as he can remember, he has been drawn to art and fashion that diverges into the realms of the eclectic, the weird, the beautiful, and the monstrous. We invite parents and children to join in and build their own wearable sculptures. We encourage families to bring in their own materials; we will also source supplies from one of our sponsors, Materials for the Arts.

Andrew Jordan is a visual artist working in various media including sculpture, performance, fashion, costume design, and photography. He received his MFA with an emphasis in sculpture form the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA in Fine Arts where he minored in Media Studies from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Andrew experiments with the interplay between various art forms driven by his interest in the relationship of sculpture, installation, and puppetry to the movement of the human body. Collaborations with artists of various disciplines have given Andrew much inspiration and opportunity for artistic growth. He is also known under the monikerandytoad.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot please RSVP: kaiming718@yahoo.com

Creature House: DESSERT and ART party! free
October 19th at 7pmcori olinghouse dancing bear photo credit cori olinghouse bodyliterate

You are invited to The Bridge to enjoy experiments in dance, film and visual art, meet other artists, teachers and families. There will be pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds and other treats!

Dance experiments by Kai Kleinbard and Cori Olinghouse
Visual art on exhibit by Lauren Simkin Berke, Andrew Jordan, Cori Olinghouse with Shona Masarin, Eva Schmidt

Space is limited. RSVP: kaiming718@yahoo.com