“As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.”~ Ursula K. Le Guin
Dear Families and Friends,
It was a remarkable morning at Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland! Kids, filled with confidence and feeling like pros, shared their vision of the world from a natural perspective. They’d become printmakers who know how trees grow under their “mother’s” shade. About how trees in a forest must develop slowly to gain strength. And about the vulnerability of those that grow too quickly. “Kids are using new vocabulary since they started LEAPS and slowing down their drawing processes in class to focus on detail,” Terri Bassett, Thomaston’s second grade teacher said.
The class forest is filled with Maine animals, which are all “different and have their own personalities,” two children wrote. In The True Story of the Second Grade Forest young authors described the intricacies of the printmaking processes. How they’d covered their plates with ink, pressed hard, and peeked to see if they needed to apply more pressure before lifting the plate from the paper. When asked if she was surprised at how her collagraph printed, one girl said, “Yes!” Another child said, “I thought it was going to turn out bad, but it was really good!”
Three cheers for the children. They give us hope for the future. Nancy, Susan, Alexis, Cindy, and Dee