Art, Music, PE & Library Blog

October 2, 2017

LowK News

Lowk students did a great job with their collaborative art last week! They understood that, in a collaborative art project, the work belongs to everyone. Each child had a chance to make art with different materials in each table, and had a blast sharing their work with one another! This was a great way to… View Article

September 20, 2017

Kinder Art News!

Kindergarten is starting to “catch lines”! This is a kid friendly version for saying- “making observational drawings”.First, students completed a worksheet pretending they were mirrors- and copying what they saw.Then, they found something in the art room that they wanted to observe.Many students were genuinely surprised by how much they can actually draw. A wonderful… View Article

September 20, 2017

First Grade Art News!

Hi, families! First grade has just finished making their collaborative work!First, each student made symbols for themselves. Then they made a “link” out of paper. Their task was to then find a way to connect their link to someone else’s until there were no more people to link with.  This was not only an exercise… View Article

September 19, 2017

Music “Ask Abouts”

Ask your child about how building Lego creations in a group similar to making music together in a group?  How is following Lego instructions sometimes the same as how we learn music together?  How is having a creative idea in music the same as taking apart a new Lego kit?   Do Legos fall apart… View Article

September 19, 2017

LowK Art News!

LowK Art classes have been making many inquiries with shapes this week! We had cars, boats, swing sets, flying houses, and many more wonderful ideas! The students got to play Stars and Wishes: Partnering up, each student would take a turn telling each other one thing they loved about their partner’s work (giving a star)… View Article

September 15, 2017

Welcome Back to All our Amazing Artists!

 We have had quite an exciting start to this school year!  With the Art and Music rooms moving during the summer to our Hilltop building, we had the exhausting but reinvigorating opportunity to redesign our teaching spaces.  The new Art room better fits the spatial needs of our students, looks fabulous and will just keep… View Article

June 15, 2017

End of the year….

Happy Summer! I cannot believe how fast it snuck up on me. It seems like it was just April and now we are already done with classes and packing up our rooms. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for such a wonderful year and to share some of the final smiles… View Article

May 10, 2017

The Main Campus Art Show is up…

…and Kinder as well as First grade classes are putting their art knowledge to the test by means of a scavenger hunt! Kinder key words: Primary Colors, Neutral Colors, Mixed Media First grade Key words:   Patterns, Texture, Secondary Colors Each student has contributed 2 artworks that they have selected themselves. They have also framed and… View Article

May 8, 2017

2nd Grade’s Compositional Journey

We have taken quite compositional journey in 2nd grade music. The main skill that we have been practicing is to show what we know with our voices and hands.  Over the course of several classes, we chanted, stepped the beat, clapped the rhythm (“the way the words go”) of “One, Two, Three – Mother caught a… View Article

May 4, 2017

“Three to Get Ready” (..to improvise!)

Jazz & Democracy – “Freedom (to improvise) within a structure, with responsibility to the group.” Dave Brubeck – “Three to Get Ready”  Dave Brubeck was known for experimenting with mixed meter / additive meter in late 50’s and 60’s jazz.  Think “Take Five,” which is in 5/4 meter.  Our class experiments have lately been inspired… View Article

May 4, 2017

The Notes are Right!

Third graders are now able to play the recorder.   Over a series of lessons we moved, sang, and played a well-known Japanese folk song, “Hotaru Koi”  – but we used an English translation – “Come, Come, Firefly..” Then one day we played a concentration gameshow “The Notes are Right!” where students worked diligently to… View Article

April 24, 2017

We Connect to Culture through Music and Dance

Fifth graders were treated to a visit by members of a Balinese Gamelan ensemble, Wahyu Dari Langit, meaning “revelation from the sky”. The style is called Belaganjur, otherwise known as marching gamelan. It was traditionally used in Bali for Hindu cremation ceremonies, usually for several village members who have recently passed, involving a procession. The instruments… View Article