Monday, December 14, 2009

art show and hand bells


Tonight at the Clear Spring School, we had three guest artists who had spent the last two days helping the students in the design of art. Adrian Frost, John Stallings and Dave Brooks produced, with student help, a bamboo sculptural structure at the Clear Spring High School building, and the unveiling to parents and our annual hand bells performance shared the evening. Dave Frost is not only a visual and tactile artist, but also a bag-pipe artist as well. So the night's music included a rousing performance, and Dave was kind enough to allow me to capture his hands in action. In the woodshop today, the 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students worked on toy cars and trucks for holiday distribution.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good work all around. It's great that the students are exposed to all sorts of different arts and crafts.

Mario

Doug Stowe said...

Mario, as you know as a musician as well as all the other things you do, there is a great deal to learn from the pause between notes, and I've been discussing the noises we make in woodshop with Karen, our hand bells and music director. Looking at it from one direction, it is all just music. The bamboo structure has a rhythm and harmony. So too, the fingers on the bagpipe.

Some educators want all objects removed from the classroom as they can distract and disrupt, but if a 7 year old can learn to wait to play his or her bell until the exact moment of its appropriate use, so, too can a student learn the timely use of a saw or hammer.