Friday, May 1, Family Programs

How to Watch

Schedule

Noon-12:15 p.m.

Do-it-yourself paper mosaic making for kids and families. Learn how to use recycled materials and things you have at home to make a fun, spring-themed project. Can be done collaboratively or as an independent project, best for ages 5-12.

How to prepare. Lena says, “You’ll need a piece of cardboard or construction paper of any size for the base of our project. A recycled cereal box also works great! Also a pencil, scissors, glue stick or liquid glue, and assorted papers for our mosaic “tiles,” such as an old magazine, recycled mail, or paper wrappers or packaging. The more colors you find, the more colorful your project will be! Optional but not necessary materials: acrylic paints, string to hang your work.”

Lena McCarthy is a Boston-born painter and international muralist. Her work can be found in arts centers, schools, businesses and international mural festivals across Greater Boston, and in Latin America, Asia and Europe. When not painting big walls, she can be found in her studio, on a yoga mat or roaming in the great outdoors.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Lena will give instructions in English and Spanish.

Noon-12:30 p.m.

A boy and a girl find themselves stuck on a playground with no electronic devices and must rediscover how to play using their imaginations. Enjoy a family-friendly screening of the short film “Playdate,” by Matt Aaron Krinsky ’00. Then join the #PlaydateFortChallenge! Build the ultimate fort at your home and share a photo of it with Matt by tagging #PlaydateFortChallenge on his Facebook or Instagram.

Matt Aaron Krinsky '00 is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, theater director, producer, writer, acting coach and teaching artist. Among his many credits are directing the Off-Broadway premiere of the one-act play, With Love, and working with the Disney Musicals in Schools program to launch into the Boston Public School system.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

12:15-12:30 p.m.

The talented young people of Africano Waltham lead three special mini-projects: Jovia teaches Maganda dance; Molly shows you how to make beautiful beads out of paper; and Lisa demonstrates three head-wrap techniques that will give you an elegant, shapely look in no time.

For the head wrap, you'll need a piece of cloth about 36" long.

For the beads, you'll need a variety of colored papers such as recycled catalogs and magazines, a ruler, scissors, glue stick or Mod Podge, a pencil, a toothpick, and string or elastic.

Brandeis is proud to partner with Africano Waltham, a program of African Cultural Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Waltham, Massachusetts. Since 2011, ACS has worked with children and families from low income, African immigrant communities in the Waltham area. In the 2017 academic year, the “Let Them Shine” program provided over 1,700 students access to activities that included African dance, Africa in the classroom, the performing arts, music and art making, academic support, healthy snacks, gymnastics and field trips.Meet the young people of Africano Waltham on Instagram.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

Learn Chinese Paper Cutting With Amy

12:30-12:45 p.m.

Decorate your windows with the traditional Chinese folk art of paper cutting. Amy Chen '22 will teach you 窗花 or "window flower" design, used to decorate the house and ward off evil spirits during the Spring Festival. This design is usually attached to the windows so that people can see it from both inside and outside of the house. 

How to prepare. Amy says, "All you need is paper and scissors. We will use red paper if you have it, to represent celebration, vitality, and good luck."

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

1-1:45 p.m.

Join clown, mime, storyteller and musician Peter Gould for a show about having a good time at home using brooms, balls, scarves, plastic bags, spoons, sofas, noise makers and imaginary things that are easy to see.

Peter has a Ph.D. from Brandeis and teaches in the Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies program. He is founder of Get Thee to the Funnery, a beloved theater summer camp community in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom that teaches Shakespeare using physical and vocal techniques passed down by the great teachers Jacques LeCoq, Tony Montanaro, Sigfrido Aguilar, Avner the Eccentric and Gould & Stearns.

How to prepare. Peter says, “Just show up, and clear a little space for moving around. Everything we do will be easy and accessible."

This program will take place on Zoom. Meeting ID: 608 039 4320. Domestic and international call-in numbers are available. Please email Ingrid Pabon

1-1:15 p.m.

Make a drawing guided by your breath: a simple mindfulness practice that anyone can do. This mini-project is led by Christina Bechstein, founder of Love Lab Studio in Portland, Maine. Love Lab Studio's practice is to place children, with respect and care, at the center of all they do. The child is co-creator and artist, as well as a community member and global participant. Watch some other Love Lab Studio mini-projects.

How to prepare. Christina says, "Gather some paper of any size and kind, and a pencil, crayon, or marker."

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Christina hosts another mini-project on Saturday, May 2, at noon on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. 

2-2:30 p.m.

Circus is for everyBODY, any age or ability. Try juggling, balancing, clown and acrobatics, using your amazing body, your imagination and common household items. Professional circus artists Marci Diamond ‘91 and Marisa Diamond of Diamond Family Circus lead the way.

How to prepare. Marci and Marisa say, “Gather the following (but if you don’t have all these items, you can still participate): a pair of long socks; three small balls, oranges, or balled-up socks; an empty paper towel tube; three lightweight plastic shopping bags or lightweight pieces of fabric or scarves. A rug or yoga mat will come in handy but is not necessary. Another person in the room is also helpful.”

Marci Diamond, a former competitive gymnast, still performs in films, circuses and fairs of all kinds. She provides consultation and workshops for many arts and youth organizations, and tours regularly with her original (non-circus) one-woman show as Catherine Hogarth Dickens.

Marisa Diamond (Marci's daughter) is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she completed a BFA in Interarts Performance. Marisa has performed trapeze and acrobatics across the United States.

Learn more about Diamond Family Circus on their website, Instagram, and Facebook.

This program will take place on Zoom. Meeting ID: 608 039 4320. Domestic and international call-in numbers are available. Please email Ingrid Pabon

Make a Nature Mandela with Lena

3-3:15 p.m.

Make a nature-inspired mandala--the Sanskrit word for "circle" using found materials. Finding the materials and creating patterns within the circle is fun to do alone or together. Similar to the Buddhist practice of sand mandala, these creations are not meant to be "for keeps."

Lena McCarthy is a Boston-born painter and international muralist. Her work can be found in arts centers, schools, businesses and international mural festivals across Greater Boston, and in Latin America, Asia and Europe. When not painting big walls, she can be found in her studio, on a yoga mat or roaming in the great outdoors.

How to prepare. Lena says, "Gather some things from outside, like small rocks, acorns, flowers, pieces of grass. Whatever appeals to you. You can make your mandala as you watch the video, or make it later outside."

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. 

Carnival of the Animals

4-4:30 p.m.

A reprise screening of the 2019 Festival of the Arts performance of Camille Saint-Saëns' musical fantasy “Carnival of the Animals,” featuring Brandeis students and alumni plus a new introduction from Music Department luminary Donald Warren, MFA ’18.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.