Classes & Residencies
Red Yarn Productions offers educational programs for elementary schools, preschools, afterschool programs and summer camps. Teaching artist Andy Furgeson can come to your school or program for a one-time workshop or an extended residency, sharing his passion for music, puppetry and folklore with students. With an extensive background in education, Furgeson combines a deep understanding of child development with his infectious creative energy to create positive, meaningful arts learning experiences.
To discuss prices or to schedule a workshop or residency at your school or program, EMAIL Andy
Red Yarn Productions offers residency programs for schools through Young Audiences and the Right Brain Initiative. Residencies can be adapted for different age levels and to connect to various units of study. Below is a description of RYP’s Young Audiences residency:
Folk Song Puppet Show
Folk songs and puppetry are two of the most ancient, most engaging methods of storytelling. What happens when you combine the two? In this 4-5 day residency, Andy will help students adapt a classic folk song into a lively musical puppet show. After learning to sing a fun folk song, students will dig into its lyrics to pull out the narrative. They’ll make elaborate sock puppets of the song’s characters and learn puppetry techniques. Finally, the class will perform their musical puppet show for the community. This program supports students’ literacy, historical understanding, musical aptitude and performance skills. Folk songs can be chosen to connect to current curriculum or student interests.
To schedule this program at your school, contact Josephine Kuever at Young Audiences.
RYP also offers enrichment classes for school-age afterschool programs (though most can be adapted for elementary or preschools). Classes are designed for a maximum of 15 students. Classes can be adapted for more students with additional staff support. Most classes require at least 8 sessions. For a price quote or to customize a class for your afterschool program, EMAIL Andy Furgeson at or call (503) 577-0445.
Musical Puppets: Adapt a classic folktale, build sock puppets of characters, learn related folk songs and perform musical puppet show.
Eco-Puppets: Build puppets out of recycled materials and papier mache, write and perform a puppet show with an environmental theme.
The Arts of Activism: Explore art forms used in activism by writing protest songs and building large-scale puppets. Culminates with mini-rally.
Pop Song Chorus: Choose favorite radio pop songs, develop choral arrangements with instrumentation, and perform.
Rock Band: Learn basic skills on guitar, keyboard, and drums, form rock bands, write original songs and perform. (Requires students/program to have some instruments)
Make a Musical: Write original songs, develop characters and a story, make costumes, sets and props, and perform musical theater production.
Film-Making: Develop a story or series of short episodes, learn basic film-making skills, produce and act in an original movie.
RYP also offers individual or group Music Lessons (guitar, rock band, songwriting), workshops in music production, animation and storytelling.