Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This week in River



This week's Big Fish

Bowls of Belief

This art activity began with students listening to the book When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor.   Baylor invites us to think about the "small voice" that each piece of clay might have and what it might say.



Students then learned to make small coil bowls in the tradition of the ancient potters from the American Southwest. The bowls were bisque fired in the kiln and then fired a second time in a sawdust kiln to give the bowls a smoky coloring. 

Bisque fired bowls
The sawdust kiln













In preparation for our Martin Luther King Day celebration, students also thought about something they believed in strongly enough that they would be willing to stand up for that belief and argue for it. These belief statements were placed in the bowls during the second firing to create the “bowls of belief” that you see here today. Click here to view all the belief statements: River Students' Belief Statements


Bowls of belief on display



Each individual bowl contains a belief statement















Collaborative project for MLK Day


Amelia helped by an Upper Schooler and a Lower Schooler

Amelia Shull and the Upper School Portfolio class imagined then created a large scale installation at the entrance of the gym for the Martin Luther King, Jr celebration this Monday, January 20th. Upper School art students volunteered to come to all units of the school to include everyone's voices, including River Class children. The installation was inspired by quotes from Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and included a fiber arts based 10 foot birdcage with a bird singing out the cares of the students.


River students write their responses on fabric strips

River students answered the question, "What do you care so much about that you'd stand up for?" then wrote their answers on the fabric strips- the 'song' of the bird. All of the students' answers were compiled and sewn into the project.

Two River students visit the gym to view their work.

When viewing the work, all must look up at the lifted voices of our students! Here two of our River students who participated in the project view and take pride in their contributions and the finished work.