Green & White Gala Class Projects
Birds on a Branch
During Life Skills class, the students learned about feelings and the colors associated with those feelings. The students used this lesson and their love of nature as inspiration for their Gala art project. Using only ink pads and their tiny fingers, the students covered paper with ink. These colorful papers were then transformed into little birdies. These finished birdies will then be used to create “Birds on a Branch”.
One of the most unique features of our campus is the abundance of trees and the time that our students spend amongst nature. In life skills, the 1st grade goal is to understand how each person is unique or special in their own way. Just like each student is unique, so are the trees around campus- this was the inspiration for the 1st grade gala project. In art, they learned the process and technique of watercolor. They then used those skills to create their own individual trees.
The second grade class art project was inspired by their service learning partner, the Mooresville Library. The students each painted a watercolor, which was then transformed into a butterfly. The 14 butterflies represent each of our 14 second graders and their imaginations coming to life from the pages of a book.
“Our third graders learn how communities change over time and how they themselves impact the communities they live in. They study 4 different local communities: Charlotte, Davidson, Cornelius and Lake Norman. Along with learning about communities, they begin studying poetry and several famous poets. One poet in particular, Robert Frost, inspired the poems they wrote about the Lake Norman community. The students took field trips to visit the different communities, and then they wrote their own poems and created art inspired by the community they visited. Their Lake Norman State Park field trip was the inspiration for their Gala art piece this year. The students worked together to create one beautiful mosaic of a sail boat inspired by the Lake Norman community and entitled it “Sail Away”.
Putting Pieces Together
In 4th grade life skills, the students focus on becoming role models. Like every fourth grade student, they are always looking to see where they “fit” best. They found their perfect place at La Escuelita Preschool in Davidson. The students practice being good role models once a month with the preschoolers while assisting the students with reading and writing. Apart they are merely pieces but together create/make a complete puzzle. They have brought this concept to life in their Gala art project by painting their own puzzle pieces that were brought together to make one unique chair.
Middle school students created original works using the technique of Shibori, an ancient Japanese dyeing technique. They started with a plain white cotton square and applied different resist techniques (banding, pleating, swirling, etc.) and then dropped their creations into a dye bath. After several minutes they took their pieces out and rinsed them under the water, while removing their resist materials. After observing the unique features of each piece, the designs were cut apart and then sewn back together to create a beautiful, collaborative textile artwork.
This is Home
The Upper School art piece is a photo mosaic. The students were tasked with taking interesting photographs of their favorite spots around campus. They were encouraged to think about contrast, angles and textures when taking their photos so that each picture would have the unique perspective of each individual student. Once all of the photos were submitted, the photos were combined to create a mosaic. Here's a sneak peak of some of the photos the students shot.