Friday, April 13, 2018

Circus Animals

Waitsfield students have had the Pure Joy of learning circus skills with Troy Wunderlee for the past week.  For our final performance, many students joined the show by pretending to be a circus animal.

These circus illustrations were inspired by Brian Wildsmith's illustrations in his book "Circus."  We used solid tempera sticks, a brand new medium for artists grades 1-4. 







Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Adventure Ship Scratch Boards inspired by Paul Klee




First and second grade artists looked at Paul Klee's painting of the "Adventure Ship." We made our own scratch boards with a think layer of construction paper crayons covered with two coats of black tempera paints.  Then we scratched our original "Adevnture Ships" onto the scratch boards. 

Click through the images above to see Paul Klee's original painting.

Penguin Problems

Penguin Problems by Lane Smith 


Kindergarten artists made collage penguins then played together to create a "moveable collage" of Antarctica. I love the book "Penguin Problems" because it shares a message of mindfulness and gratitude in a very entertaining way.

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Famous Paintings by Rivera and Gauguin Group Project

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pizza Day!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Do you "have a genius?"

Excepert from A.J. Juliani's article "Reimagining Genius Hour as Mastery Hour"
In the 14th century, the term "genius" was regarded as a guardian spirit. Yet a person with "unworldly" talent was said to have a genius, because his/her gift (of genius) being a supernatural act. No one was said to be a genius, because that would quite literally mean you were a guardian spirit.
This changed in the 1600s, when the meaning began to morph and people would use the term genius to describe someone with natural ability, and someone with an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, not necessarily just a gift from a supernatural friend.
By the end of the 17th century, this usage was common, and the old terminology of having a genius seem to fall out of the public vernacular. When you look at Google nGram, the word "genius" was at it's highest point of usage in the late 1700s and has been dropping in use steadily since the turn of the 19th century.
However, the word genius still resonates with people from various different cultures today. It conjures up images of Einstein, and we use it to describe contemporary leaders like Elon Musk. Elizabeth Gilbert - the author of Eat, Pray, Love - talks about this change in usage for genius during her very memorable TED talk. She muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and brings back the idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us may "have" a genius.


Genius Hour is one of the Big Ideas that lead us to our Inspiration Project.  This article talks about the importance of letting students design and have control over their own learning and even the importance of failure.