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Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations
Lucie Summers

David & Charles, 2013

Take inspiration from simple objects to create 12 beautiful, contemporary quilt blocks. Create original quilts from each block design and adapt them to your own style. Learn how to interpret print, pattern and shapes into unique quilting ideas and experiment with a range of innovative techniques for impressive, professional results. Covers techniques such as square piecing, basket weave, half-square triangles, chevrons, quarter circles and ...


The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning
Katherine S. McKnight, Mary Scruggs

Jossey-Bass, 2008

Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas, and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: ...


Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
Keith Sawyer

Basic Books, 2008

Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you’re alone. Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ...


Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation
Charna Halpern, Close, ...

Meriwether Pub, 1994

Truth In Comedy is a Meriwether Publishing publication. This improv manual introduced the concepts of the "Harold" -- the innovative improvisational tool that helped Saturday Night Live's Mike Myers, Chris Farley, George Wendt, and many others on the road to TV and film stardom. The innovative concepts are described fully in this insightful theatre book that has become the bible for wannabe improvisers. The "Harold" is an improv form involving ...


Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Keith Johnstone

Routledge, 1987

First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, ...

Comedy Council of Nicea, 2013

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a comprehensive guide to the UCB style of long form comedy improvisation. Written by UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, the manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work (with a heavy emphasis on finding "the game" of the scene), to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures, such as "The Harold" and ...


15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing Traditional Blocks Scrap Challenges
Victoria Findlay Wolfe

C&T Publishing, 2012

Scraps never looked so good! This is improvisational piecing reinvented—learn how to create a unique piece of “made-fabric” in just 15 minutes with Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s improvisational scrap-piecing methods, then incorporate your made-fabric into traditional quilt blocks. As you play, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about combining colors and prints in new ways…then watch your quilt design emerge. Discover just how ...


101 Improv Games for Children and Adults
Bob Bedore

Hunter House, 2004

What is the big deal about improv? It's fun. It strengthens our imagination, promotes self-confidence, increases spontaneity, promotes teamwork, and it's magic: it creates something out of nothing. 101 IMPROV GAMES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS contains the basics: what improv is all about and how to do it, special instructions for how to teach improv to children, plus more advanced training on how to use your voice and body in ways you haven't ...


Improvisation for the Theater 3E: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques (Drama and Performance ...
Viola Spolin

Northwestern University Press, 1999

Here is the thoroughly revised third edition of the bible of improvisational theater. Viola Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the very nature and practice of modern theater. The first two editions of Improvisation for the Theater sold more than 100,000 copies and inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television, film. These techniques have also influenced the fields of education, mental health, social work, ...


Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts
Katie Pedersen, Jacquie Gering

Interweave, 2012

From two pioneers of today's modern quilting movement, Quilting Modern teaches quilters how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic, contemporary quilts and quilted projects. Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique--all presented with detailed instructions. Also included is step-by-step direction from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen on tools, materials, and quilting basics, as well as expert advice ...


Explorations in Beadweaving: Techniques for an Improvisational Approach
Kelly Angeley

Interweave, 2013

Learn how to create beautiful and layered jewelry projects with freeform beading! Explorations in Beadweaving starts with common beadweaving techniques and shows how to improvisationally combine them into stunning and unique creations. Author Kelly Angeley teaches peyote, herringbone, right-angle weave, and bead embroidery in a series of practical tutorials, then adds additional elements such as fringe, embellishment, metal components, found ...


Improv Theatre! 400 Improvisational Scenarios & Games for Drama Students

Effective Teaching Solutions, 2012

Inspire creativity with your acting students. This book is packed with 400 fresh improvisational scenarios and games that will stimulate your student's imaginations and push them to a new level of response. There are monologue improvs, duet improvs, small cast improvs, stimulus improvs, and improv games for the secondary and adult drama class.


The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond
Tom Salinsky, Deborah Frances-White

Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

The most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improve available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes. From The Improv Handbook :   The problem for improvisers is anxiety. faced with a lot of nameless eyes staring at us, and feeling more than anything else like prey, we are likely to want to display very consistent behavior, so that anyone who looks at us, looks ...


Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Simon & Schuster, 1984

The complete program for building and maintaining a well-conditioned, excellently proportioned body -- for a lifetime of fitness and health. In Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men, legendary athlete Arnold Schwarzenegger shows you how to achieve the best physical condition of your life. For every man, at every age, Arnold outlines a step-by-step program of excercise, skillfully combining weight training and aerobic conditioning. The result -- ...


Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration
Malka Dubrawsky

Interweave, 2010

Brighten up any room with fun, contemporary, and functional projects exploding with sensational color! Fresh Quilting presents 21 brilliant designs featuring quilt artist Malka Dubrawsky's intoxicating colors and unexpected palettes. Learn to create beautiful and lively pieces for you and your home--from modern quilts and fun pillows to flirty bags and scarves. In addition to clear directions and step-by-step illustrations for machine-sewn ...


Amazing Phrasing - Tenor Saxophone: 50 Ways to Improve Your Improvisational Skills
Dennis Taylor

Hal Leonard, 2002

(Sax Instruction). Amazing Phrasing is for any tenor saxophone player interested in learning how to improvise and how to improve their creative phrasing. The ideas are divided into three main sections: Harmony explores scales, arpeggios, chord substitutions, harmonic embellishments, and other harmonic phrasing ideas; Rhythm covers legato tonguing, swing feel, rhythmic displacement, how to manipulate time and other aspects of rhythmic ...


Improv Comedy
Andy Goldberg

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

Improv Comedy - 20th Anniversary Edition by Andy Goldberg Includes exclusive interview with Emmy winner Bryan Cranston IMPROV COMEDY is a must-have book for any student of comedy. It is an invaluable collection of classic scene setups and exercises along with a toolbox of useful advice for building engaging characters, plots and funny situations. This 20th Anniversary Edition of Andy Goldberg’s classic textbook, originally published by ...


Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques for Trainers and Managers to Enhance ...
Kat Koppett

Stylus Publishing, 2012

Creating innovative products and game-changing processes, and adapting to new cultures and communication styles, have all become imperative for business survival. Today’s business leaders, from Fortune 500 companies on down, have discovered the value of improvisational theatre techniques to develop creativity and collaboration skills they need. Since publication of its seminal first edition, the principles and techniques pioneered in ...


Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter
Tonya Ricucci

That Patchwork Place, 2010

Want your next quilt to send a special message? Now you can spell it out with no tracing, no templates, no paper-piecing, no appliqué, and no precise measuring! Inspired by renowned quiltmaker Gwen Marston (who wrote the foreword), Tonya presents a terrific technique for free-pieced letters. It's your chance to break rules, mismatch, go wonky, and enjoy yourself! Boost your ability to piece without a pattern--this easy technique is very ...


Custom Knits: Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques
Wendy Bernard

Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2008

Along with being pleasurable and satisfying, knitting can sometimes be frustrating: the turtleneck that looked so fabulous on the model is too bulky for your body, or the cardigan you spent countless hours on just doesn’t fit right. Herein lies the beauty of Custom Knits , which teaches knitters how to use improvisational techniques to achieve spectacular results—and to unleash their inner designers.   Wendy Bernard, creator of the ...



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