We believe that the arts offer a unique way to engage with one another, they allow us to celebrate our similarities and differences, to explore our feelings and emotions, and ultimately to discover a deeper understanding of our ever-changing global world.
Yellow Earth offers a range of stand alone workshops for schools keen to introduce students to Chinese and East Asian culture and arts. We offer drama, storytelling and shadow puppet workshops plus dance and music workshops on request. (See the details below) We can also arrange bespoke projects to suit your needs.
All our facilitators and workshop leaders are of East Asian descent. They combine an understanding of the western education system with the skills, language and cultural background of their heritage. All facilitators are DBS checked and experienced at working with a range of ages.
This workshop introduces Chinese Shadow Puppetry, its history and origins, using examples of traditional Chinese shadow puppets. Then mixing puppetry, Beijing Opera movements and paper cutting, the children make their own “shadow puppets” and perform with them in a traditional Chinese tale.
“It was absolutely excellent the pupils loved it! I was very impressed with what we managed to do in such a short amount of time!”
Teacher, Fitzwimarc School
Based on the story of The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen.Through a carefully structured workshop the pupils together with the facilitators will recreate the world of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale – The Nightingale. Set in China, the children will be taken on an exciting journey encountering different situations and characters including a visit to the Emperor’s Palace. Learn how to greet the Emperor, how to move like an Emperor and how to dance with Chinese fans and water sleeves. An exciting new experiential workshop led by the Yellow Earth education team.
“a lovely opportunity for new experiences….excellent communication….good balance between storytelling and participation”
Teacher, Forden Primary
“the children all thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, it was the perfect way to start off our project work this term.”
Teacher at Mayfield Primary
A fun and practical workshop, children have a chance to learn something about the Chinese language, spoken and written (Cantonese & Mandarin) through simple songs and movement, playground games, paper cutting and story.
“The workshops were brilliant – highly interactive, well delivered and lively! The learning was appropriately pitched for our children and (your workshop leader) had a warm and fun manner with them.”
Teacher Fir Tree Junior School
Stories to suit the occasion, be it New Year or Mid Autumn Festival a storytelling presentation – followed by engaging the children in presenting these stories in action.
“(the workshop leader’s) seamless knowledge of the stories was wonderful and she captivated the children with her physicality and enthusiasm”
Teacher Fir Tree Junior School
Introduction to the work of Yellow Earth Theatre this workshop provides a chance for students to explore part of the unique rehearsal process actors in Yellow Earth Theatre undertake before a production. Using the principles of Martial Arts, the essence of Beijing Opera, improvisation and sheer fun this workshop will stretch minds and bodies!
We are developing workshops using drama to teach Mandarin for primary and secondary school level. Please contact us to find out more about the range of ideas and resources we can offer.
“Thank you so much for the notes. It was such an enjoyable session, and it really opened up the possibilities to use drama more in the classroom. I look forward to applying some of these in my classes next semester. The students will definitely love being more creative in the class.”
Mandarin Teacher, North London Collegiate School, Jeju Korea
“It has certainly given us some food for thought as to how we might incorporate drama and role play into our teaching.”
Mandarin Teacher North London Collegiate School.