Student Work

The Heart of the City – Young at Art 2012

 San Francisco has a long love affair with the arts. And as a city it makes arts education paramount to the students in the school district. For the past 26 years, the diversity of talent in all art forms has been celebrated at Young At Art, which this year was hosted by the...


The 2011 Annual Report: Reigniting Creativity in the Classroom

It has arrived: the 2011 Annual Report.   But you won't receive a copy in the mail. This year, we built a website. When you surf the site, you'll come across: an infographic. What better way to show the 3 W's (why, what, and will) for creativity in education? a long scroll...


Where is your heart?

Performing Arts Workshop has long partnered with Marin County working with young people in Juvenile hall and Phoenix Academy, Marin County’s drug treatment program. Funded by the Marin Community Foundation, the Workshop has published a number of poetry anthologies with work by...


Poetry, Creativity and Critical Thinking: National Poetry Month at Performing Arts Workshop

Here at Performing Arts Workshop, our creative writing/spoken word artists celebrate National Poetry Month in action. Whether students generate visual art to accompany their written work or demonstrate their spoken word skills in slams, Performing Arts Workshop is alive with the...


Poetry from Behind the Walls: "14 Years of Life"

"14 Years of Life" is written by a student of the San Francisco Unified School District Court Schools.  14 Years of Life  by: CAS When I was five, I realized I was alive When I was six, I noticed moms smoked cancer sticks When I was seven, life felt like heaven When I was...


When you feel sorrow / I am there with you.

This poem is from The School is a Giant T-Rex, an anthology of imaginative writing from San Francisco public school students. Romeo and Juliet In my mind, Romeo and Juliet kiss in the sky so very dear. You are Juliet and I am Romeo. Like in fairy tales, all live happy ever...


This poem is going to blow up in your hands

This poem is from The School is a Giant T-Rex, an anthology of colorful, curious, and bold poetry from 2nd and 3rd grade students attending San Francisco public schools.     Watch Out! by Kenny, Age 9 Right now this poem is going to blow up in your hands Right now people...


Student Poetry: Jealous

Jealous Jealous looks like two aliens looking for their mortal prey. Jealous sounds like five ants marching down the hill to look for fungus. Jealous smells like toilet water rushing down the drain. Jealous tastes like spaghetti sauce running into the spaghetti. Jealous feels...


Student Poetry: One Student’s View From the Inside (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final installment of a three-part series of poetry from *James, an incarcerated youth. What’s Not Happening The clock isn’t moving time is stopped this door isn’t opening it is locked I’m not going home right now I’m in jail I don’t know what’s going on...


Workshop Teaching Artist Engages Youth through Dance

This summer, Workshop Teaching Artist Amani Manning, had the opportunity to partner with the Bayview Hunter's Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) through Performing Arts Workshop. This was a summer program with an intense schedule. Amani taught class for two hours,...