Works of Art

Our annual showcase of a month long investigation into the fine arts came to a stunning conclusion last Friday. How proud our children were to be docents for their audience of parents, extended family and friends. The tour begins here.

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Starry Night Vincent Van Gogh

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Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh

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The Snail Henri Matisse

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La Danse Henri Matisse

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Ballet Dancers Edgar Degas

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Vincent Van Gogh Self Portrait
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Self-Portraits in pastels

 

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The Three Musicians Pablo Picasso

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Mosaic Designs *

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Jackson Pollock
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Alexander Calder

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Water Lilies Claude Monet

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Dreamer Marc Chagall

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Marbleized Letters
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Piet Mondrian

 

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Words are not enough to experience the joy and wonder at this annual event. After 14 years of curating this show it still continues to inspire and delight everyone including teachers.  Children become knowledgeable and aware of a world outside their own. Conversations about  art, style, technique are happening at home. Trips to museums become more meaningful. Children are filled with excitement of what they know and what they have learned. Their voices are being heard and their skills are elevated with confidence. They are eager to share what that they know.

All month long we document the process through iMovie.  At the gallery opening the movie is running so parents and family can see how the children came to create their masterpieces. Understanding process is recognizing all the skill and intention behind each treasured piece of a child’s work.

I must acknowledge the following wonderful blogs for their inspiration; Arianne at Still Parenting  Meghan at Playgroundparkbench and Maggy at Red Ted Art  Thank you to Sadie’s mom and Bernadette for their great photos.

To see more “works of art” and the children’s journey follow me on Instagram 

Monday morning follow up… Below the children built the “MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) ” in the block center.

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4 thoughts on “Works of Art

  1. I’m always inspired. What is amazing is that photos actually DO do it justice. I did not grow up with an appreciation of art. In fact, I took Art Appreciation 101 my first year of college and hated it. 250 students in a darkened auditorium, no excitement, no engagement. In these past 14 years, I’ve come to love art, to understand why it matters, and to glory in the joy of children being transformed by multiple modalities, exploration of multi media, and the sheer bliss of being respected to do their own work. Bravo to Nan, her co-workers and her children for this experience.

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