November 23, 2021
Upper School performs "The Addams Family"
The Upper School performed “The Addams Family,” a play filled with pop-culture influencing characters such as Gomez and Morticia Addams, Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch, and Grandma, with outstanding comedic flair. Actors delivered engaging performances, skilled choreography, and a show rooted in familial love. Students also directed lighting, sound, and set changes. Encore!
Eighth graders create tessellation projects
Eighth graders designed tessellation patterns and turned them into fabric using a modified batik process. The traditional batik method involves a combination of wax-resistant dye applied to cloth through layers, from lightest to darkest. To make the process more classroom-friendly, Middle School art teacher Elissa Donovan created an easier technique, where students painted melted crayon wax onto their fabric. Once the wax hardened, students removed it slowly by melting it into paper, allowing them to lift the wax without removing the color from the fabric. Students turned their newly dyed fabric into pillows to take home.
Pre-k students think outside of the box in the Red Barn
Pre-k students stretched their creative thinking skills during Lower School creative dramatics teacher Russell White’s class. Through a series of quick-thinking games like special delivery, mystery box, and memory, students learned how to adapt to various situations and present out-of-the-box solutions. By using their imagination, students created an environment that challenged their critical thinking skills and encouraged group participation.
Upper School students green-light the new green-screen
Upper School students ran through the fundamentals of producing a green screen shot, in the newly finished green screen space in the Donavon Arts Center. Students set up lighting and quickly blocked a scene as Upper School art teacher Jason Knarr guided students through the setup. “We’re learning the basics of masking next week, where students will learn how to take a shot and change the background into something else,” Knarr said. Students will begin their first greenscreen lessons starting Nov. 29.
Sixth graders use conductive thread to make light-up pillows
Sixth graders designed and created light up emoji pillows with conductive copper thread and a firesafe electric current inside their pillows during Middle School art teacher Elissa Donovan’s class. Students picked their favorite emoji, cut felt and hand-sewed felt pieces with regular and copper thread as needed to make a closed circuit.