March 23, 2014
First Year Upper Level students were introduced to the Southwestern Native American culture of the Hopi. They learned about the Hopi belief in Kachinas and the making of kachina dolls. Each student then designed a personal “spirit” doll. We are not copying kachina dolls but creating friendly spirits that represent all kinds of ideas and creatures (rabbits, angels, moustaches, love, celebration, etc.). These sculptures are being made from wood which affords the opportunity to teach basic woodworking skills and techniques. We are using saws, drills, rasps and files, clamps, vises and sandpaper.
Second Year Upper Level students are creating rod puppets for four shows that they are creating in their Language Arts classes. They will be writing scripts for four ancient legends originating in India, Rome, Egypt and Babylonia. The shows will be presented in June. We are all very excited with the project.
Third Year Upper Level students are creating large water color resist paintings of the ancient Chinese dragon. They were introduced to the characteristics and origins of the Asian dragon and will be learning more about the customs and beliefs of the Chinese in their cultural studies.