Thank you so much to those of you who attended the Auction on April 11th! We had a very fun and successful event.
Each classroom works together to create an amazing art piece to put up for bid at the Auction. Below is a peek at their creations.
by Preschool 1
Wood framed 24" x 48" acrylic painted canvas with 23 watercolor birds and 3 fingerprinted birds. Each child created an abstract 5x7 watercolor that was later cut into a bird shape and added their fingerprints to the group bird. The inspiration for the project is the saying imprinted on the canvas, "To our children we give two things... one is roots, the other is wings." The birds are grouped with the first levels safely on the ground and the third levels high in the branches preparing to fly on to new challenges. This art work will be an artistic memory you can keep long after your child leaves the nest.
by Preschool 2
Size: 16" x 35.75"
Materials: wood, paper, watercolor, acrylic, twine
In creating their "PS2 Peace Birds," the children first painted their birds with watercolor, then applied the beaks and wings, along with additional water drops from sponges and brushes to add dimension.
Each bird expresses a child's individual artistic vision, and all the birds combined represent the order and peace of the class as a whole.
by Lower Elementary 1
A beautiful Cherry Wood coffee table (Approximately 20" x 30") with a ceramic tile top. Each tile is hand-painted by the students of LE1 and reflects all the different views of nature. The perfect size for a kiddo's room.
by Lower Elementary 2
Size: 36" x 24"
Materials: A collage of photocopied text and drawings outlined with markers and painted with watercolors
LE2's piece is titled "Imagination." It represents a glimpse into our almost daily practice of relaxing after free play or P.E. to a novel read aloud in turns by Ms. Gwyn and Ms. Bell, while the students engage in "free draw" (doodling whatever they wish). This practice is part of the developmentally necessary indulgence into imagination as encouraged by Maria Montessori and scores of other great thinkers throughout the millenia.
Our collage is compiled of actual doodles made by the students during read aloud and excerpts from the five books we have read to the students this year (not including the short stories): The Adventures of Pippy Longstocking, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and A Wrinkle in Time. If you are familiar with even a few of these titles, you may recognize how the threads of thematic content weave together into the idea of creating wonderful new realities through the power of imagination. Also, as you can see, out students love creating abstract designs, and have honed their fine motor skills with this practice!
by Upper Elementary 1
UE1 combines the best of form, function, and appreciation for nature in masterminding an ornamental (Approx. 33" x 24") weather-proofed rain barrel, capable of storing 50 gallons of harvested rain water.
Montaged with soft imprints of handcrafted and hand-gathered flora, this modernly shaped rain urn boasts an irresistible medley of color, shadow and light, making it immediately ready for both display and rain capture.
Besides conserving resources and enhancing any outdoor environment, the UE1 rain barrel will benefit local plants in offering chlorine and chemical-free water. This piece achieves a win-win-win for art-function-environment!
by Upper Elementary 2
Materials: Copper wire and wooden blocks
A mobile inspired by Alexander Calder. The children used their skills involving the "Balance" of Math and Art to create this wonderful Geometric Mobile. The mobile was placed in the outdoor work environment of UE2 for the children to enjoy for a day. Geo Mobile will need to be hung indoors.
by Middle School
On a 16" x 40" acrylic and mixed media gallery-wrap canvas, MS students interpret Ms. Henry's "And Then Some" quote by rendering abstract images of what each consider personal ingredients to a best-possible WRMS experience.
The MS piece, inspired by Sennhauser's Colorforms, is at once subjective and universal as its meticulous, unrestrained forms suggest Montessori's hallmark of freedom through order and self-discipline.
This work of many contrasts ultimately reminds amid tiered scapes and forms that the MS journey, both tribal and lone, culminates in final brilliant unity, highlighting the best from each... and then some.