Summer Backyard Series
Join us underneath Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s shady live oaks for the Summer Backyard Series.
Local artists visit Knock Knock in July for a series of interactive performances followed by workshops designed for children and families. Taking inspiration from nature, the series follows the four elements: wind, water, earth, and fire.
We will explore the elements of wind with a harpist, fire with wax sculptures, earth with ceramics, and water with creative movement.
Wind Story with Harpist Rebecca Todaro
The element of wind is explored by harpist Rebecca Todaro. Rebecca’s performance in our sun-dappled backyard will be an interactive musical story. In her narrative, the wind will carry the audience to the four corners of our planet to understand the origin of the harp. Following her performance, Rebecca will host workshops for children ages 4-8. During the workshops, children will pair up on Rebecca’s five child-sized harps and learn a few chords. The workshops are free, and require registration.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Interactive Performance (open to public)
10:45 a.m. -11:05 a.m. – Harp Workshop I
11:20 a.m. -11:40 a.m. – Harp Workshop II
11:55 a.m. -12:15 p.m. – Harp Workshop III
12:30 a.m. -12:40 p.m. – Harp Workshop IV
Candle-dipping and Campfire Games with Cassidy Creek
Sculptor and teaching artist Cassidy Creek explores fire with wax. Cassidy will demonstrate casting wax sculptures. After her demonstration, children are invited to participate in two, hands-on beeswax candle making workshops. Children will dip candles in multicolored wax and decorate them. This free workshop is designed for children 4 and older, and it requires registration.
1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. – Wax casting demonstration (open to the public)
1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. – Candle Dipping Workshop I
3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. – Candle Dipping Workshop II
Water Movement with Shamira Arita
Contemporary ballerina, Shamira Arita, is joined by dancers from her Baton Rouge studio: For the Love of Dance. The troupe will lead the audience on a narrated journey across the Seven Oceans as they teach creative movement inspired by the fluidity of water. Children are encouraged to join in the performance by leaping, spinning, and swirling through water features in the backyard. Learn some moves after the performance at her Water Movement workshop. All Ages.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Interactive Performance with 30 dancers
12:00-12:45 p.m. – Water Movement workshop
Animal Earth Effigies with Mikey Walsh
Master ceramicist and LSU professor Mikey Walsh investigates the element of Earth the weekend of July 28th. She will demonstrate her brilliant techniques working with clay and lead audience members in a clay workshop building animal effigy vases. Ages 5+, registration required
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Animal Earth Effigy Workshop Part I
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Public demonstration
12:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Animal Earth Effigy Workshop Part II (NOTE: this session will include the same children from Part I; the clay needs an hour to dry before children can paint their piece. Mikey will bring the effigies back to her studio to be fired and families can pick them up later.)
***This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.***