Aside from seeing the creation of new art each week, nothing is as fun for me than seeing the culmination of student work at our annual Clothesline Art Show. This year was certainly no exception. Along with a spirited “drum circle” performed by a majority of the children (conducted by a guest percussionist); a strong and supportive turn out by families and friends; and live music to round out the afternoon - all of our Goshen students put their love of making art on fine display!
Just a few nights earlier, GFS had a representative show of its artwork at M&T Bank in West Chester as part of the borough’s Friday Night Gallery Walk. For a rainy night, the show was surprisingly well attended and many visitors unknown to me commented on how impressed they were with the quality of our students’ work. We want to thank Michael Rist (a GFS father) and all the friendly people at M&T for the opportunity to share what we do with the larger community!
As we finish up the year in the individual classes, our graduating Fifth graders completed beautiful acrylic self-portraits and leave us with a general knowledge of the main periods and movements of Art History in the Western world. Kindergarten had a great deal of fun making their own paintings based on Monet’s “Waterlilies and the Japanese Bridge”. First through Fifth grades have enjoyed creating their own “targets” or “alphabets” in the style and/or spirit of our last “Artist of the Month”, Jasper Johns.
As I did last year, I will be sending parents a list of summer exhibits nearby and around the country. In the event they are in those areas and can visit the museums, it will certainly reinforce the students’ appreciation of some of the artists and periods they’ve studied. Since my family and I probably won’t be getting away this summer, I plan to live vicariously by maybe hearing from my students (hint, hint)! Last year I got a wonderful email from a GFS family on vacation in Canada commenting on a statue of Emily Carr- arguably Canada’s most famous woman artist-that they ran across and who we studied that year.
A happy and safe summer to all…and, remember- Winston Churchill believed EVERYONE should paint, no matter how good or bad they think they are. What better time than summer?
In Friendship, Teacher Chris firstname.lastname@example.org
From mindful beginnings come global perspectives. In teaching our students to see goodness in everyone, we prepare them for the world outside of Goshen – to be caring, compassionate, involved, invested, curious, problem solving citizens of this earth.