In the Spirit of Collaboration
“Together we can face any challenges, as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” ~ Sonia Gandhi
Dear Friends and Families,
Facing a challenge together leads to rich and often unanticipated solutions. Yet that can mean taking a gigantic leap – in tandem! That’s what kids did today in Mrs. Bassett’s and Mrs. Brewster’s classrooms as Lura Libby’s second graders began their artful collaborations. Inspired by The Gigantic Turnip, a tale in which an old man, an old woman, and a slew of animals on a farm collectively yanked a turnip from the ground, kids realized that thinking together was what the story was about.
Before we got started, we asked the group, “What is imagination?”
“Imagination is something that you don’t need instructions for.” “You dream it in your head!” “Imagination is when you look at something and say, ‘I want to improve it!'” “Imagination can be real or not real.” “Imagination is when something POPS up in your brain.” ” Without the brain you would have no imagination.”
“Your brain is what produces imagination!” “Imagination means you can pretend anything you want.” “Imagination is when you keep trying and trying to work with it!” “It’s doing your best and thinking what you can think!”
After the artists introduced themselves, Alexis and Lizzie modeled the way two students could work as a team. Our goal for the morning was for children to begin to create plates for their collagraphs, giving them a chance to practice both art and social skills. Alexis explained, “Your plate is like a playground. It’s a place to play and experiment with new techniques.” Pairs were excited to begin the process. They collected an array of materials, poised to represent an animal they’d selected. In partnerships they began to create real and imaginary creatures.
LEAPS is about finding connections between literature and art, generating original ideas, and giving form to them. We invite parents and friends to read our daily BLOG and to join us on our journey into art and deep thinking.
With delight, Nancy, Alexis, Sandy, and Lizzie