Arts Workshops and Field Trips
El Taller's Art, Music, Language, Dance and Kids departments all collaborate to bring you a wide variety of exciting and educational cultural arts workshops! Several of our teaching artists are bilingual, so workshops can be offered in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two languages. Programming can also be customized or created to suit your curriculum, desired topics of discussion, or issues in the community.
Below is a selection of our most popular workshops!
Cantando En Español
Sing along to original songs composed by El Taller's Founder and Artistic Director, Bernardo Palombo (Argentina), many of which were the first bilingual songs for Sesame Street and featured on El Taller's production of Grammy Award Winner Dan Zanes &Friends' Nueva York. Children and adults alike will enjoy this musical journey through the Americas all while learning basic Spanish vocabulary like foods, weather, and parts of the body.
Recommended for ages 4+.
Caribbean Rhythms & Percussion
Explore rhythms from Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The objective is to engage participants in learning unique musical rhythms and their function through hands-on participation in a percussion ensemble. Participants will become acquainted and experiment with a variety of traditional instruments including congas, bongos, bells and other minor percussion.
Recommended for ages 5+.
Caribbean Dance - Merengue & Bachata
Learn rhythms of the Caribbean through a participatory dance program. Students will have an immersive experience, learning the rhythms, steps and movements of Merengue and Bachata along with history of how they developed.
Recommended for ages 8+
Discover the native dance of El Barrio, learning the rhythms and movements of Salsa dance. Individuals will discuss the history of the art form and then work on some basic steps, both individually and with partners.
Recommended for ages 8+
Tango - Music & Dance Of Argentina
Following a brief presentation about the history of Tango music and dance in Argentina, participants will enjoy a live presentation of popular Argentinean tangos followed by a brief tango lesson for beginners.
Recommended for ages 12+
Caribbean Environment Glitter Globes - A Recycled Art Project
Each participant will be asked to bring a medium-sized glass jar, in which they will create a diorama of the Caribbean environment. Students will first learn basic vocabulary about colors, animals, and environment common to the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Recommended for children ages 4+
Each participant will use natural elements, such as beans, peas and lentils, to create a natural mosaic of animal life from a Latin American countries. This workshop can be taught using animals from Mexico, the Amazonian Jungle or the Galapagos Islands/Ecuador.
Recommended for children ages 4+
Easily adaptable to various ages and educational levels, participants in this fun and hands-on art workshop will learn about traditional carnival masks from different Latin American cultures. Participants will choose one of two mask templates and can choose from a wide array of art supplies and found objects to decorate the mask.
Recommended for children ages 5+.
After a brief presentation about the cultural significance of murals in Latin America and El Barrio, participants will collaborate to develop and then paint their own mural to be displayed in their school, neighborhood or community.
Recommended for ages 6+
In this two-part workshop, participants will learn about the traditions and customs of Mexican piñatas. In the first part, each participant will design and construct their own original piñata while the second portion of the workshop will be dedicated to decorating the structure.
Recommended for ages 8+. Multiple day project.
Cartoon / Comic Book Making
Led by award-winning Mexican cartoonist and illustrator Felipe Galindo, participants will learn about Felipe’s work, which sheds a humorous light on the Mexican immigrant experience in Manhattan. Each participant will then be led in a drawing lesson and create their own cartoon or comic book.
Recommended for ages 9+
Your Latin-American Treasures
(Jewelry Making Workshop)
Come join us to create a piece of jewelry inspired by the work of Latin- American artisans. This workshop guides you on how to create an earring, a bracelet or even a necklace with your own hands. Using beads, wires, charms and other repurposed materials you will be introduced to the basics of jewelry making.
No previous jewelry making experience is necessary. The workshop offers a great experience for children, adults and entire families.
Free Creation Space Based on Cuban Bufo Theatre
Passing through history, dramaturgy, vocal technique, singing, body expression, dance, acting, comedy, psychology, design and cinema; this workshop will focus on Cuban Bufo Theatre, but will also provide participants with a general tour of contemporary theater. We will be exploring the themes above on monthly, with specific sessions being co-led by experts in related fields. It will culminate creating a bufo production, which will be produced and staged over the last two months.
The workshop will be helpful not only for those actors, writers and dancers interested in advance their careers, but also will be useful and interesting for other art professionals, or simply any human being interested in this ancient art form.
Karen Sotolongo: Professional theater actress, filmmaker, photographer and executive producer graduated from the Barcelona International Film School
(ECIB), Spain and the San Antonio de Los Baños Film and TV School (EICTV), Cuba.
WORKSHOP PRICING AND AVAILABILITY:
Pricing is dependent upon the number of participants, transportation costs, and teaching artist fees. Please contact us by filling out the form below , or by calling 212-665-9460 , to make a reservation and create a workshop experience that matches your program's specific needs.
A $150.00 refundable deposit is required to save the date of your workshop.
To ensure the success of the workshop please contact us no later than 5 weeks before your desired date for the workshop. All requests less than 5 weeks before the desired date will be handled on a case-by-case basis.