January 20, 2022
Third graders build unmeltable snowpeople
Lotspeich third graders designed miniature snowpeople to celebrate the winter snow in art teacher Jody Knoop’s class. Students used three tennis balls for the body and formed their snowperson’s personality by choosing various art supplies, from acorns to cotton balls. As they hot glued hats and fastened buttons and scarves, students offered their peers advice and complimented one another for their creative color choices.
Upper School students design foam sculptures
Upper School students are transitioning from the study of 2D into 3D art by cutting foam into pieces with a hot iron and transforming them into sculpture. Art teacher Daniel Vance asked students to construct a sculpture that represents two or more relationships using abstract shapes. “For instance, it could be parent and child, police and criminal, or teacher and student, but think how the shapes interact with one another. Ask yourselves what do the relationships mean, and how can you represent it with physical objects,” Vance said.
Fifth graders practice for their upcoming music recital
Lotspeich fifth graders excitedly picked up their handbells and handchimes for one of their first spring music recital rehearsals in music teacher Robin Wilson’s class. Students worked on perfecting their timing and synchronization throughout rehearsal to perform a beautiful melody, a testament to their hard work and dedication to learning two new instruments. Students will perform a variety of songs in March including “Bellsong.”
Unit III learns about the art spectrum while escaping
Doherty Unit III students completed a virtual art escape room while reviewing different concepts such as lines, shapes, colors, and textures during art teacher Kacey Watkins’ class. Students enjoyed sorting the group of colors into primary, secondary, and tertiary because after they were sorted, they were given a word to unscramble leading them to the next clue. Want to see if you can solve the scramble? The letters were ucrspmet!
Upper School winter production shines light on dangerous 1920s workplace conditions
The Upper School theater department is currently in rehearsal for their winter production of “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich. The play centers around four women who worked in the 1920s for the Radium Dial Company, a watch factory based in Illinois. The play examines the dangers women faced while working for the company, and emphasizes the decreasing concern companies had for ensuring the health of their employees. The show will be performed in the Upper theatre classroom, in the Schiff Center room 102 on Feb. 3, 4, and 5.