The Gustafer Yellowgold ARTS ENRICHMENT program is taught by Morgan Taylor, Grammy™ Nominated artist/creator of the Gustafer Yellowgold music video series. Programs are customized in conjunction with individual schools’ needs and preferences and are accessible to children of all ages and abilities.
The Gustafer Yellowgold ARTS ENRICHMENT program is a partner of Speakaboos.com.
Songwriting And Cartooning/Illustration
The Songwriting workshop is a journey into the art of song. Students will learn about lyric writing, melody and song structure in a hands-on, collaborative experience that ends with a group sing-along and recording of the song just created! All students are encouraged to participate and contribute to the process as Morgan leads the group in a fun and creative experience.
In the Cartooning/Illustrating workshop Morgan guides students through a “step-by-step character building” project, focused around his own work on Gustafer Yellowgold. Workshops range from basic “How to draw Gustafer” to more in-depth explorations of character creation and anatomy. The focus of each workshop is customized for different age groups and curricular needs.
The songs and illustrations that are created during the workshops can be presented in an impressive slideshow in conjunction with a performance of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show to the school and families.
The world of Gustafer Yellowgold is rich with emotional depth with a broad spectrum of teaching points. Emotional literacy materials are available and can be sent in advance to schools, together with a package of all seven DVD/CD sets with which teachers can familiarize the children with the material, using the worksheets as a basis for an emotional literacy/Gustafer focused class. Children can then collect and compose their own questions for Morgan during his visit.
Golden Heart Symphony
Full orchestral charts are available for a selection of Gustafer Yellowgold songs, for performances by school orchestras, with Morgan Taylor and The Yellowgold Band.
Arts Enrichment Programs (PDF)
Emotional Literacy Description (PDF)
Emotional Literacy Worksheet (PDF)
"Morgan Taylor visited our school for a week’s worth of workshops and performances. It was the perfect match for celebrating our yearlong theme study for design. Morgan’s cartooning, storytelling, and songwriting skills were on full display as he led the students in creating original characters and their wonderfully strange and musical world, Underville. It should be noted that while Morgan had an existing system for his school visits he displayed great flexibility and enthusiasm for trying something different that would mesh with our goals and schedules. I highly recommend you consider Morgan to be an artist in residence at your school; it’s a one of a kind experience for your students and community!
Drew Holloway – University Child Development School, Seattle, WA
Gustafer Yellowgold appealed to all the children almost from the first moment he appeared on screen. They loved the songs and were eager to hear more about Gustafer’s adventures and meet more of his friends. The music and graphics are imaginative and provide excellent material for work in literacy and the arts. The children just wanted more!
Helen Jones, Head Mistress – Lady Boswell’s Primary School, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK
Whenever I can get students to be so enthusiastic about reading aloud in front of their peers, I take notice. Preparing for a visit by Gustafer Yellowgold, I came across the magic that he instills in my young learners. The Gustafer Yellowgold DVD’s have a sing along track that eager students belt out while they are smiling and giggling. We had Gustafer visit us twice this year. Word spread quickly that the performance was a must see and we anticipated lots of fun. I underestimated… it was just amazing! So much humor, music, storytelling and enchantment took place in the library media center that I was able to refer to the fascinating event for the rest of the school year. During the concert Morgan told anecdotes and challenged the students’ imaginations. He interacted with the kids, taking suggestions and hearing their ideas. It’s a wonderful way for kids to experience learning.
Karen Kosko, Head Librarian – Haggerty Elementary School, Cambridge, MA, USA
The artist was very pleasant and easy to work with for set-up and load out. The show sounded and looked fantastic and the kids were clapping along spontaneously. A very memorable show. The kids were cheering and saying how much they loved it on the way out after the show.
Ben Davis – Carrboro Elementary, Carrboro, NC
Our performance went really well. We had K-2 which was a perfect age. The kids really liked the music and were clapping along to the songs.
Annette Horlbeck – Rashkis Elementary, Chapel Hill, NC