“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.“ ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Dear Friends and Families,
Before rolling up their sleeves for mask-making this morning, kids looked closely at the animal drawings their peers had done yesterday. Displayed on tables for a “pop-up” student show, the artwork deserved careful looking. Mrs. MacCaffray explained that in the classroom kids have learned how to give specific feedback. We asked children to craft one sentence on a post-it note in response to what they observed. When young artists read what others had written we could see that their morning was off to a positive start.
It wasn’t long before students began adding papier maché to their masks or continued to build on their animal’s features. Kids loved dipping their hands into the warm cornstarch and water solution. They layered on swatches of recycled brown paper to create a smooth surface on which to paint. Their animals were coming to life.
Kids couldn’t believe how far they could go with four mentor artists and a two-hour time block.
Experimenting with materials, revising their plans, and celebrating their ideas meant a morning of serious learning.*
Amazed! ~ Nancy, Susan, Alexis, Laura, and Avis
*”I learned that bald eagles have big nests, sharp beaks and talons.” “I learned that otters can hold their breath for 8 minutes.” “I learned that bobcats have kind of short snouts.” “I learned that woodchuck babies are born after only 32 days.” “I learned that a red fox has a very pointy nose.” … and much much more.