Virtual School Assembly

Hello!

My name is Kyle Tiernan and since 2004, my draw along elementary school assemblies have become the go-to solution for schools and PTAs looking for the most educational and entertaining and interactive assembly programs for their students.

Teachers, Principals, and parents love how the kids actively participate during this assembly instead of just sitting and watching.  They are blown away by the visual results they see immediately at the end of the shows, proof classroom time has been wisely used for educational purposes.

And most importantly they appreciate the unmatched boost to their student’s self confidence this unique assembly brings.

Now since COVID hit in 2020, I’ve converted my traditional “in person” assemblies into the most impactful, engaging, and fun virtual assemblies you’ll ever experience!

Kyle Tiernan performing a school assembly.

Here’s How This Interactive
Draw Along Art Assembly Works…

Back in the day for in person visits, your kids would arrive to the MP Room, cafeteria, or auditorium with a pencil, 3 sheets of blank white paper, and a book or binder to use as a lap desk and they sat on the floor.  Yes, even the Kindergarteners!

And now your kids simply sit at their desk, comfortably and conveniently, and nicely spaced out for the new social distance normal we’ve all gotten used to over the past few years.

Using these supplies, your students are going to be kinesthetically involved the entire time and this active participation is key to making the information really stick!

Also because of this involvement, your teachers are going to be able to peacefully participate during the assembly as well instead of policing the crowd as they have to in every other typical assembly.

In the first 18-years of my career, you’d find me up front using a document projector and large screen, leading your children through a series of three step-by-step whimsical, fun, age and grade appropriate drawing lessons.

Nowadays, your teachers simply log in on their classroom computer and project it up in the class for all to see and I flip between my two cameras… one of me and the other of what I’m drawing.  It’s so simple and straightforward it makes me wonder why we didn’t all this of this years ago!

Just like in the in person assemblies of old, this unique approach allowed me to work with any size group, and rest assured… I’ll still be using my semi-world-famous mega-effective group teaching strategies to insure everyone will be able to successfully complete the drawings!

While we’re drawing your children will learn dozens of specific tips, tricks and techniques they apply immediately to their drawings and can take back to the classroom and use later on.

In fact, each lesson covers at least 8 and often 10-14 California Visual Arts Standards and even a few… Common Core Math Standards!

We cover a LOT of content in this assembly – and teachers routinely praise the extensive use of geometric shapes, 3D forms and other math vocabulary during the shows.  They say it gives the kids a new cross-curricular perspective of how math and geometry relate to The Arts. (After all, art is an extension of math and science!)

The real magic of this assembly is seen afterwards when your kids go home, with a handful of three refrigerator-ready pictures they drew and a feeling of artistic accomplishment in their smiles as they show n’ tell their moms and dads…

“Look What I Drew Today!”

Giving your children that sense of artistic accomplishment, pride, and self esteem boost is what this school assembly is really all about.

You can imagine how much parents appreciate this.  Their kids finally come home from school with not only a story to tell, but pictures to prove it from an incredible assembly.

Here Are The Details You’ll Need to Set Up This
Awesome Assembly For Your School

  • Zoom or WebEx seem to be the most common platforms for hosting the Virtual Assemblies and I am fluent in both. If your school uses another program, just let me know and I’m sure I can accommodate it.
  • Each assembly lasts 48-minutes and your school can schedule up to three shows in one day.  Most schools only need two assemblies, but if you have a huge population of over 1000 kids, the third show is available at no extra cost.  (This 3rd assembly is also a great choice for schools with PM Kindergarteners.)

When you call, let me know how large your school is and we’ll discuss whether two or three presentations would work best for your situation.

  • I can work with any size group.  I’ve done as few as a couple dozen and as many as 1,200 at one time.  200-300 kids per show is pretty routine.
  • The content of each show is designed for specific grades so K-2 is normally grouped into one assembly, with upper grades 3-5/6 in another.  For the three show format we’ll look at K-1, 2-3, 4-6.
  • This assembly is designed for Kindergarten through 6th grade students and is not age or grade appropriate for 7th or 8th grade students.  Children ages 5 – 12 will love and succeed with the assemblies.
  • For in-person assemblies (if I ever return to presenting them in person… seriously this virtual stuff works so well) … your school must have a multipurpose room, gym or other large auditorium equipped with a large projection screen and working sound system.
  • And as always, I’ll bring my own ELMO document camera and projector so you don’t need to worry about any “tech stuff.”
  • Almost every district in California (along with the CA PTA) has my insurance paperwork on file already.  We will see what your district requires and I’ll make sure we get the insurance taken care of quickly and completely hassle-free on your part.
  • While I performed semi-nationwide from 2004 to 2020, now the wonderful world of virtual assemblies has opened the floodgates for schools all over on a daily basis…So whatever state you’re in, we can make this happen!  In fact…
  • It literally has never been so easy to set this up for your school! In the days of old you’d have to book during one of my many two week long teaching tours in your specific state or area… but now with virtual almost any date is possible!  There’s more scheduling flexibility than there’s ever been.