Saturday, June 30, 2012

WEEK ONE: Complete!

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Artology has just completed its first week!

This week’s theme has been about our Five Senses and how to employ them in our environments.  Armed with binoculars, magnifying glasses, digital cameras, and their own Eyes/Ears/Noses, the Artologists have explored their labs and our two additional field trip sites this week, Heinz Natural Wildlife Preserve and the Philadelphia Magic Garden.

Here are some features from the Heinz Natural Wildlife Preserve, where we learned about an organism’s natural habitat and biodiversity:
The metaphor for this day was “There is beauty all around us.  Diversity is an important part of this beauty.”  Through observations of the ecosystem and habitat around them, the Artologists began to understand how to relate this metaphor to their own lives and to better understand the importance (and beauty) of diversity among human beings and the communities in which they belong.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Artology has BEGUN!

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Our first day was super fun-and-sun-filled along with some lessons about using our Five Senses in our first science and art labs with Ms. Kiesel and Ms. Latham.
We started out the day with our first drum circle, which was led by our BTG intern, Ms. August. After drumming, listening to our peers, and working on patterns, we split off into our groups: Red, Green, Silver, and Blue.

Artology Drumming 2012 from J. Nathan Corbitt on Vimeo.

For our field trip, we ventured across the street to Historic Cliveden and used our senses (along with binoculars, magnifying glasses, and identification books) to explore local insects and plants with Ms. K. We then whipped out our digital cameras with Ms. L to begin learning about Macro Photography and patterns in nature.  After a lovely outdoor picnic/snack, we journeyed back across the road to Second Baptist to journal and end our FIRST DAY OF ARTOLOGY!

Day Two is looking to be just as awesome– we are focusing today on the Lab components of Artology, which will be taught by our Art Teacher, Ms. L, and Science Teacher, Ms. K.