With her ukulele MarLa leads simple songs to get groups singing, then we play word association games to get the creativity flowing. Picking a theme and using simple rhymes and melodies we make a song and sing it in a short time! No musical experience necessary.
Best for ages 4 and up!
Create a unique character that you can take with you! Using simple craft materials, participants create their own puppet and get a chance to practice voices, create a story and perform! Sock-puppets, spoon puppets, sponge puppets and more! The world of puppets gives children a chance express in a truly playful and freeing way.
Great for ages 4 - 11.
Outdoor programs includes songs and stories about nature as well as games and activities that help us understand the important role of each element in the ecosystem. We use materials found in nature to create art, we decorate walking sticks, make natural paints, build rafts out of sticks and reeds and puppets out of stones and leaves! This program is coming soon to The Learning Garden in Los Angeles!
Nurturing with Nature
Best for ages 3 and up!
In these classes we learn where food comes from, how it travels to us, how to mix it up and how it nourishing us! With songs, poetry, food juggling and fresh ingredients participants learn through interactive entertainment how to follow recipes and make snacks essential to healthy eating and satisfying hunger. With taste tests we discover new flavours, with food art we express our creativity, by eating cooking and together we experience community...and then we even do the dishes!
Great for all ages!
Learn the basics of rhythm and music creation. Without any instruments we create a musical soundscape and explore all the noise the body can make. Group work, simple rhythms and choreography allow participants to create and perform their own body percussion routines!
The Musical Body
Ideal for ages 7 and up!
Learn the basics of juggling with 1, 2, and 3 balls. This hour long workshop involves group activites of catching and throwing to develop cooridnation and teamwork skills. Individual practice helps kids build confidence and understand the necessity of practice. Partnered juggling and mini-performances let each child shine in their own way!
Perfect for all ages!
Theatre games are a great way to build confidence in performance and public speaking. Playing as a group in storytelling and character-creating exercises, each participant has a chance to express their unique ideas and finesse their comedic skills. The only requirement is the willingness to play!
Playful Performance & Improv
Great for all ages!
We re-purpose our recycling to make drums, shakers and noise makers to create our own band. Together we will invent ways of turning used materials into musical instruments, decorate them and play original rhythms.
MarLa specialise in creating programs that can satisfy any curriculum or interest you may have. She can create programs for children and adults in performance, music, writing, creative expression, cooking, nature-based themes and more.