Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our Hands Speak


  As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others. **

Photo from the Our Hands Speak Video
The 2011/2012 Visual Arts K-12 curriculum focused on the Art of the Pacific. Students learned about the art and culture of Russia, Asia and Oceania. During one particular Dance lesson, our students learned about Deaf dancers in China and were inspired by "Thousand Hand - Guan Yin." Their "Thousand Hand" dance choreography was performed by Deaf dancers of China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe. TLC students then created their interpretation and designed their own movement choreography. The video was edited by the art teacher, Mary Silvestri Simmons.  Slideshow from the TLC's Annual Art Show 2013 "Art of the Pacific" (May 2013) can be viewed on TLC's website here.  

** Above quote from the original choreographer of "Thousand Hands - Guan Yin," Zhang Jigang can be found here

Gyotaku Fish Prints created by Elementary Art Students

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Life is Good - Busy, but Good

It has been a quite a while since I've posted, but life has been busy and wonderful.  This year I have a new classroom for my Secondary classes.  It seemed like it would have been a challenge to shuttle back and forth between two buildings but I am enjoying the school year so far.  The new secondary art room has more of a studio feel and is appropriate for older students.  I hope to post more articles soon but for now, here are some updates from our program. 

This year's K-8 curriculum theme: 
Students will learn about the traditional and contemporary arts and cultures from various countries from India to the Middle East and Africa.  They will learn about Safari animals.

High School Electives offered this year:  
Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing/Painting, Studio Art and Art of Africa

Art Classroom News:
Our students had artwork on display at the Boston Center for the Arts as part of Deaf Awareness Week (Sept. 22-28).  The artwork included projects from their De'VIA Unit; Deaf Eyes and Primal HandsPrimal Hands was inspired by a Deaf Artist named Nancy Rourke.  Art classroom updates, projects and news are often updated on our classroom twitter.  Please follow the art teacher at @MSimmonsTLC to stay in the loop!

Art Teacher News:
I am currently in my second year as a CAGS student at Plymouth State University.  As part of my Graduate Practicum I am helping with the After School Program.  This fall we are offering Ceramics, Academic Support and CrossFit.  Potential clubs to be offered in the winter/spring may include Drama, Yoga, Zumba, Science, Arts & Crafts, Youth Leadership and more.  I will also have one of my watercolor paintings, Seashells I,  on display at the MAEA Conference exhibit this November.

Part of the Art Show at BCA - Primal Hands included ASL/De'VIA artwork in Primary Colors

(Camping, Hot, Sun)

(Cape Cod, Summer)

"Signs are to eyes what words are to ears." 
 - Ken Glickman