After School

After school is special time for youth to explore their interests, build relationships and have enriching experiences outside of the school day curriculum.

Interested in bringing our workshops to you? We customize our courses to fit into your existing after school structure. Classes can run for 60 or 90 or 120 minutes, grades K-12.

We love to offer free demo classes to Schools, After School Programs and Summer Camps. Just fill out this form and we will give you a taste of how we do enrichment. All of our courses have differentiated modules for grades K-12!

 

Our Courses

Emperors & Dragons

Students in this class will investigate cultural artifacts and folktales from Chinese emperors. We will work on arts-based projects that focus on: Dragons! Stories of female Empresses! Jade Burial Suits! and The Hungry Ghost Festival. Youth will be able to describe details from Chinese culture and folklore such as the importance of calligraphy, dragons and jade, the influence of the natural environment in Chinese culture and pandas!

 

Tattoos & Shields

We will explore Australia and the pacific in this course that spans the ocean! Youth will learn all about the rainbow serpent in Indigenous Australian stories, Ancestor Shields from Papua New Guinea, Sand Art of Vanuatu, Tattoos of the Maori people and the real story of Maui!

 

Native American Nations

Youth will examine the complex and diverse nations that make up Indigenous North America.  Projects include ancient Pueblo Pottery, Navajo Folk Tales and Yupik Masks. We will make connections with the region's ancient past and the communities of today.

 

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Our Style

We carefully design our classes to highlight communities and cultural traditions that are often left out of typical school day curriculum. Our workshops are designed with extensions and differentiation throughout each session

What does a typical Anthropology class look like?

Youth enter the classroom and form a community circle. Circles are an important aspect of our democratic, community based culture. In circle, all youth and adults sit on the floor and are considered equal and all voices are important. The educator will then introduce the topic of study by sharing colorful photos that youth may touch, examine and question. After ideas are shared, students then choose an activity area to work on while traditional music plays. Books and extensions are always an option. At the close of class, students work together for community clean up and closing circle. In closing circle we show our work, share ideas and give each other shout outs. 

What does an Anthropology class feel like?

Our class is a community and everyone is equal. Every student's ideas are important and valued. We often work together on collaborative projects to make jewelry, give presentations and teach back new knowledge. We close every unit by celebrating our time together, sharing what we learned and how we have grown.

What about academics?

Anthropologists are learning all the most important 21st century skills in every class! They are problem solving, thinking critically, practicing social emotional skills, collaborating and presenting their work. They are also learning some serious content! How many elementary students can name language spoken in Pakistan (Urdu) or the elements of ancient pueblo pottery design? 

 

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Cultural Traditions of India & Pakistan

In this class, youth will explore the cultural traditions of India and Pakistan. Each arts based workshop will utilize maps, photos, artifacts, books and music. Projects will include henna designs, rangoli mosaics, Hindu mythology studies, Pakistani truck art and a culminating color party celebrating the festival of color and love!

 

Triangles, Squares & Magic Rocks

In this class, youth will discover the cultural traditions of The Middle East from ancient times to today. Projects will include Cuneiform Tablets, Mythology Studies, Mosaics, Persian Tales and Islamic Art. All sessions will feature project time, artifacts, story telling photos and lively group discussions.

 

Aztecs & Mayans Yesterday & Today 

Through this course, students will discover the history of Indigenous Mexico and the surrounding areas. Projects will emphasize process over product and youth will be encouraged to discuss their ideas while engaging in hands on activities such as Mayan Scrolls, Textile Study, Alebrijes (Oaxacan animal sculptures), collaborative "Jade" crafts and Day of the Dead Arts.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What does Anthropology class sound like?

One of the most important aspects of learning to be an anthropologist is learning to speak like one! From the first day of class, youth learn language that will help them talk about difference. Youth in our class work changing judgments into questions. Instead of staying "that is weird!" we say "I wonder why that person is wearing that?" instead of saying "that's gross!" we say "that is different". 

 

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