Barbara has several popular presentations and workshops and she is always willing to adapt or expand on an idea to address specific goals/objectives your school/library or organization might have for the visit. Her day-long appearances may be any combination of the sessions summarized below. Santucci's teaching residencies are more involved. Investigate the possibilities for writing/artist residencies by visiting Santucci's teacher page for information about the extended residencies.
A Writer and an Artist at WorkBarbara Santucci shares her life as a writer and artist through slides and discussion using her books, Loon Summer and Anna's Corn. She will share information about sources of inspiration for her work from loons and farms, to her own paintings. Included will be a discussion of a writer's responsibility to remember her or his own history -- and to use writing as a vehicle for exploring what we love about our lives and what compels us to move forward. (adults; children)
|Through the use of slides Barbara shares information about
the inspiration for this book. Inside information about the research
and writing of this book -- as well as a discussion of loons in their
natural habitat will make this a memorable session for learners.
Depending on the audience Barbara also does story hours for children and facilitates a discussion on loon information. A participatory art activity is integrated into the presentation. (children)
| Barbara will give a slide presentation of Anna's Corn.
She incorporates slides of corn fields during all three growing seasons
and photos from a traditional Midwestern fair (Boone County, Illinois)
and a lively discussion/question and answer forum. 50-55 minutes
The slide presentation may be combined with a 30 minute workshop where Barbara will guide students in developing a class story. This story will include 6 basic story elements, characters, setting, conflict, resolution, ending, and a title. (children)
|Poetry and Art Workshop (Two days)
||On the first day, students will paint a large, colorful,
abstract painting with watercolor paints. During this period, Barbara
will read poems in several different forms, meters, and rhyme schemes.
She will demonstrate the difference between prose and poetry; how it
both sounds and looks on the page.
On the second day, the students will write their own poem choosing from
these two topics: "What animal would I like to be?" or "What animal
would I like to have?"
|We're Going on a Trip
||A Writing Workshop: Details are of great importance when writing a story. In this workshop, participates will select a destination for their very own trip and will design a simple suitcase from construction paper. Inside they will pack items they want to take on their trip (glue pictures). After decorating the suitcase each will design 3 postcards with messages to someone back home, describing their trip. The focus will be on the details of Who? and What? of the trip, as well, the three parts of a plot. Follow-up activities include: continuing to write postcards, trip journaling, and using these aids to create a travel story. (children)|