Sunday, February 7, 2016

One or Two Colors

In these pictures, I played the sounds of ancient Greek lyres and flutes to get the kids to step back in time, but my ruse didn't really work. They wondered why the music sounded so simple (and to them, boring). I asked them to consider making up music out of nothing using just a couple instruments. They got it: as with any basic beginning, neurons and brain associations are few. The kids understood that more complex music would be developed in other cultures over time. (They are glad they live now with so much wonderful music.)
     The kids wanted to use a whole rainbow of colors to paint their bowls, but Greek pottery in all its power was monochromatic, something like their music. We didn't have their ancient beautiful shapes but this bisque pottery felt great in their hands.

Special thanks to Priscilla Dodge for the wonderful bisque ware! 
I hope the kids' happy expressions do some justice to your generosity!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Learning Drawing

The kids got into drawing Stars Wars characters with my son Jesse's
talking Darth Vader as their inspiration.
Studying Greek mythology? Oooooh there's so much exciting stuff to draw! Like Hades
and Cerebus the three-heading dog chasing a young Greek lad!
 It is not natural for kids to draw figures in motion but they love to learn,
especially when they have stories that make their hearts race!

The littles love bears in the woods.

  For the Author-Author! unit, some illustrated books
were produced with much pride and joy.
One of the books is All About Ms. Sonya, presented to her with great ceremony.

A fun way to quickly share Greek gods and temples:

In case you didn't know:

Friday, January 1, 2016

One Year Past





August (at home)



 I've posted a picture or two from each month of 2015. The kids have done a lot and are eager for more - much, much more in the days and weeks and months ahead. One thing especially on my mind is how the kids have developed their drawing skills in the years I have been with them. Many of them are able to draw very good likenesses of what is put in front of them - so stay tuned, that will be for another post. Meanwhile, cheers to you for 2016!