Saturday, December 21, 2013

Art and poetry









Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

On Wednesday night, the LB's school held its most popular annual event, Art and Poetry Night. This is an open house-style celebration of the students' artistic and creative writing efforts during the fall semester. Their work is impressive. The event entails visiting each classroom in the building to see the work on display. Every classroom is transformed into an art gallery, with black hanging fabric, twinkle lights and bright spotlights. There's also a silent auction of some of the creations (we won two items) and a bake sale. The tour through the classrooms is hectic, noisy, dazzling in its sheer quantity of things to see, a riot of color and light on one of the darkest nights of the year.

I'm looking forward to both small Bears being at school together next year. It's a wonderful school. Academics are very important to the curriculum, but so are creative pursuits. It's a public school but it's unique because the program is based on a combination of traditional classroom time with homeschool; currently, we do about 12 hours of homeschool per week. It's the best of both worlds on good days. It can be a frustrating situation on the bad ones. But we chose it because we think it's a good compromise for our children's needs and the way we hope our children will learn. Parents are students there too, by the way; we take classes in how to teach our children, as well as workshops in the subject matter itself. It's a big commitment, but on Art and Poetry Night, it's easy to feel completely enamored with all of it.

35 comments:

  1. Wow some amazing Art, looks so wonderful, what a lovely way to educate children.
    Clare xx

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  2. How DELIGHTFUL! I'd purchase that pink clay bird in a second! What a progressive staff to make this effort, recognizing that academics are enhanced when artistic expression is encouraged. I am sitting here in amazement - thought places like this existed only in my dreams! Not only bulletin boards loaded up, but that elegant gallery ambiance to celebrate the work - wow!
    I also love the home school aspect of that curriculum. Involving parents directly is the reason you are seeing such quality work and overall success. Wish my own kids - or grandchildren - had this opportunity!

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  3. It sounds like a really fantastic school, how lucky you are to be able to send your children there. The combination of attending school and home schooling is a brilliant idea. It's a shame we don't have places like that over here. It must really get parents involved in and aware of their children's education. The art and poetry gathering looks amazing. Some beautifully made things. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend Jennifer.

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  4. That is a deeply impressive and beautifully displayed exhibition of creativity, Jennifer. You're very fortunate to have such an innovative school for your children to attend. I don't think I've ever heard of a similar combination of classroom teaching and homeschooling and it's obviously producing some very fine results.

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  5. It sounds so nice. I wish our school did something similar. I'd love to see more of what my two get up to in school time. Those birds (are they papier mache?) are really something. x

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  6. What a wonderful event! I love the way children's art is celebrated (and auctioned off!). You are lucky with this school indeed.

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  7. Gosh! When I was scrolling through the photos, I expected the words to tell me about a visit to a 'proper' art gallery.

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    1. Me too! I can't believe these are student works of art. Beautiful and amazing! It must be inspiring to walk around in the "gallery" and very exciting to for the students to have their pieces auctioned off. I love this school :) To parents who homeschool - I admire you for your commitment and dedication to your child's education and well being. Hard work!

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  8. Homeschooling and schooling sounds good to me! I'm sure you get more out of their school that way.
    And the artwork is stunning x

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  9. I love being involved with Matt's learning. I learn too! And I think it makes it easier to communicate. Although Matt no longer takes Art as a subject, we love going to school to see the Art exhibitions - so much talent. x

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  10. Some beautiful things have been made by these students! I especially like the birds, they are amazing. Did you get my e-mail by the way? I wanted to be sure that you knew that I said thank you. Happy Christmas to all of the bears. xx

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  11. So true , what a great display !

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  12. I'm so encouraged to see a school that puts so much importance on art. It breaks my heart that so many schools have cut so much in the arts. So, bravo to your school!

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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. A combination of hoe school and school sounds just wonderful! I would love to do that with my daughter. It really sounds like the best of both worlds.

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    1. that would be 'homeschool" - long day!

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  14. Wow -- your school sounds like an amazing school -- I love the combination of regular school and home school. It's too bad more schools don't incorporate a program like that. Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

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  15. It sounds like the perfect school. I think the balance between home and school time is so important and it would be good to see this philosophy adopted here in the uk. Some amazing art in display!! Xoxo

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  16. What a fabulous system! Here it's pretty much all or nothing ... two of our boys were homeschooled entirely for some years.

    Great art there :)

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  17. Looks great Jennifer - I especially like those little birds! What a wonderful forward thinking school x Jane

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  18. That sounds like a wonderful event, there's some fabulous pieces on display from what I can see in your photos. I think the system you're children are following with their schooling makes total sense, and it's great how the parents are so involved too, a proper three way partnership.

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  19. What a wonderful event! And what a wonderful school you have managed to find. How I wish there had been something like that when my kids were young! I love how you get to mix homeschooling and in class time. Is there a particular name for the philosophy this school follows? I would be interested in reading a bit more about it.

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  20. Sounds wonderful Jennifer. Hope you have a lovely peaceful Christmas XX

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  21. What beautiful artwork, from the kids.Merry Christmas X

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  22. The event night looks wonderful Jennifer, what a very forward looking school. I'm really interested to hear of their part time home school curriculum, I home educated both my youngest two through their secondary school years and found it very rewarding for all of us.

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  23. That looks like a wonderful event, such amazing art work. It sounds like a great school too.
    Merry Christmas. xx

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  24. This sounds like an absolutely amazing school - a type more public schools should adopt! The children's artwork is beautiful. I love how they transformed the classrooms into galleries.

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  25. Sounds like a fabulous night, wishing you a very happy Christmas.

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  26. Wow that looks so special, hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Sarah x

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  27. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Jennifer!Hope you are doing fine.I would like to thank you for all your sweet words on my blog, it was such a pleasure for me to visit yours!
    A big warm HUG!
    Olympia

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  28. Hi Jennifer,

    What a great idea to combine both classroom and home schooling for an interesting and innovative path to academics! I'm sure you do a great job on your end, and I can imagine that this system has brought you even closer to your children.

    An amazing array of young artistic talent at the big exhibition! Lovely to see such creativity.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

    xo
    Poppy

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  29. so many interesting pieces. love the birds and the legs

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  30. I truly wish AZ would do something like that. My oldest grands are being homeschooled, and it's such a contentious subject for my hubby and I. We feel they are missing out on so much. Our daughter barely scraped by in graduating from high school -- think chip on shoulder and not applying herself -- yet she feels qualified to teach these young girls. She started when they were in second grade. We absolutely cannot say anything, but we are so worried about our granddaughters' futures. Being a grandparent is the best and the worst part of having children. Your worries and frustrations are ten-fold. Wow, didn't mean to vent, but we've been going through a rough patch with our daughter. I am so glad you seem to have the best situation for home and public school.

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  31. Ah what wonderful talent and such a blessing to see so much beautiful art together like this - those children have been given such a wonderful opportunity in this obviously wonderful school! Thank you for sharing your pics Jennifer. Hugs, Joy xo

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  32. Your school does sound like an amazing place for the kids (& parents!). I love the idea of poetry & art night, and wish my kids could've had more exposure to some fine art lessons. I see what everyone means by the clay birds now ... they do look wonderful! I've worked with Fimo clay a lot with my own kids and it's such a great medium with lots of fun results. Wendy x

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