Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Classroom Notes


Team 20 has had another busy and productive week. We began a poetry project on Monday, venturing into the Lewis garden to collect poetic images. Kids will use the images they collect to grow their poems. We also began writing a play as a class, which we will perform during the last week of school. We finished The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm and began reading Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. For more about our week, including our trip to the Cooley Gallery and Art Night, I now turn this newsletter over to our senior editor, Eleanor.

Cooley Gallery Trip – by Eleanor – Last Wednesday, Team 20 ventured to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery. There we met Gregory MacNaughton who showed us work by artist, Allen Sonfist. The works varied in style but were mostly about the connection (or lack thereof) between humans and nature. There were also some videos showing how Allen did his work. After we had some time to walk around and examine the art, we sat down to do a drawing exercise. First, we traced our hand on a piece of paper. Then, focusing on our index finger, we started to draw the finger nail and the knuckle. Then we did the same with our thumb, then the other fingers. After completing our drawings, we headed back to school.

Art Night – by Eleanor – Lewis’s annual Art Night was held last Thursday. Docents were on hand to explain the art outside of every classroom. Team 20’s exhibit included praxinoscopes, zoetropes, thaumatropes, a “make your own” thaumatrope table, hallway name cards, and printmaking. Many Team 20 alumni were in attendance. Boomin’ Beats performed as well as fourth grade violin, third grade recorder, and fifth grade band. The Paint Brush CafĂ© was open with cakes, pies, and cookies of all shapes and sizes. As with every Art Night, it was a night to remember.

Coming up, we have Field Day on Wednesday, May 25th, and the Spring Music Concert is Thursday, May 26th, beginning at 6:30. Fourth and fifth grades will have a five session art residency with Alex Addy from the Obo Addy Legacy Project beginning May 27th. Kids will learn about Ghanaian culture, music, and dance with a focus on drumming.

Mark and Eleanor

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