How can we train ourselves to see the extraordinary in the everyday?

FOUND is an entire magazine devoted to Found objects! If we open our eyes and pay attention to our world, we see that there are objects of beauty and interest everywhere. In this week long workshop, students train themselves to observe the world carefully by watching for interesting gestures, listening for interesting sounds, and looking for interesting shapes, colors, and textures. By the end of the week, students learn movement, visual art, and writing skills to create sets of abstract photographs, found object sculptures, found movement dances, and found dialog stories.

Concepts & Projects


Shape of the Body in Space
Pathways Through Space
Positive & Negative Space
Quality of Movement
Movement Sentences
Found Movement Dances


Blind Contour Drawings
Abstract Photographs
Found Object Sculptures


Found Word Poems
Found Dialogue Stories

Workshop Details

For: Students age 8-13, up to 20 students per class

Time Required: One Week, 3-5 hours per day

Instruction: Babs Case, one additional instructor and one student assistant

Performance Opportunities: Can include a final performance

Requires: An open space for moving, a space with tables, chairs and a sink for visual art (must be separate from the movement space), access to an outdoor space, boom box or system for playing music.

Organizations who have presented this curriculum: PALS