PLAY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM


Drama & Theatre

For the month of March, the Hudson and Holland Gardens turned its attention to the theatrical arts for a change. Students were introduced to the work of Shakespeare and picked a character that they most resonated with. Students compressed page long speeches, putting the best bits into performable pieces. Sentence by sentence, PLAY kids took their characters and made them truly real. More than anything, students learned public speaking skills that will give them advantages in their education and future careers.

Macbeth: The Puppet Show

At the Holland Gardens, PLAY kids put their Shakespeare skills to the test by recreating MacBeth, a famous Shakespearean tragedy. Based on passages from the play, students reimagined its characters, drawing puppets to perform with. Besides the visual art achievements of the character and set design; students worked on their memorization skills as they recited speeches for their parents and peers.

Music

PLAY students worked with Kenichi Sugihara to learn various instruments and practice songs that were performed to the rest of the program. Kenichi taught students to actively communicate in their bands to improve their playing in service of a better performance. By learning an instrument, students improve their creativity, memorization skills, and relieved stress.

Video & Film

The film program at Hudson PLAY give students the tools and tech they need to express themselves in a new medium. Using DSLR film cameras, students learn how to effectively frame a shot and the subjects in it.

Students worked in groups to make their own original short films, learning the tricks of the trade in their own miniature production.

Screen Writing & Story Boarding

At Hudson PLAY students learn the elements of a successful screenplay; the foundation of any good film. Students studied the three-act plot structure and how to write orginal screenplays for their own short films.

PLAY kids have also draw out story boards for their projects, which allow them to shoot their own scenes more efficiently while manifesting their creative visions.

Imagining Jazz Photography

With a grant from Hudson County Cultural and Heritage Affairs and a partnership with the Riverview Jazz Festival; PLAY students photographed up-and-coming jazz musicians to depict the exciting nature of jazz in visual form. Look at our students’ vibrant photography portfolio.

Light Painting & Art

The film program at Hudson PLAY give students the tools and tech they need to express themselves in a new medium. Using DSLR film cameras, students learn how to effectively frame a shot and the subjects in it.

Students worked in groups to make their own original short films, learning the tricks of the trade in their own miniature production.

Light Painting & STEM

At Hudson PLAY students learn the elements of a successful screenplay; the foundation of any good film. Students studied the three-act plot structure and how to write orginal screenplays for their own short films.

PLAY kids have also draw out story boards for their projects, which allow them to shoot their own scenes more efficiently while manifesting their creative visions.

Homework Help

At Hudson PLAY, our students’ academic achievement comes first. That’s why we dedicate the first hour of our program to getting kids the academic assistance they need to succeed. Older students learned better communication skills as they explained reading comprehension and arithmetic to their peers.

Graphic Design & Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, students made collages that paid homage to African-American contrbutions in art, science, and politics. After picking their role model, PLAY kids selected a quote that inspired them to make changes in the communities around them. Using Photoshop, students made multi-layer images, adding backgrounds and text to images of prominent black men and women.

Graphic Design & Flyers

In a world where technology dominates the workplace, Hudson PLAY students designed flyers for community events in Photoshop. By contributing to their communities in an interesting way, students became proficient in the technology that will shape their futures.

STEM

In the month of May, the Hudson PLAY program turned its attention to STEM. Students engaged in a variety of activities (making sound and stable buildings)