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Family Appreciation Through the Arts

Families are the compass that guide us.

They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
- Brad Henry

Last night Ms. Brooke and Tenisha Tate, opened the Parent Center to the families of the Sausalito Marin City School District.

Visitors were welcomed by family member portraits created by the young artists at Bayside School.

The artists had used watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, and Sharpies to create the works of art.

Each artist wrote a description of the loved one, and Ms. Brooke also included a photo of the artist with their art work.

People were also welcomed by an important question:

And the Studio Habits of Mind were also posted as important reminders:


There was a buzz in the Parent Center as people gathered and looked and celebrated being together.
And a photo studio was set up, where Ms. Brooke took family portraits.
Beautiful work!

Arts professional development builds partnership & community

This past Wednesday, December 8th, all of the Elementary teachers in the Sausalito Marin City School District came together for their monthly arts PD session.  As the rain was coming down hard outside, the teachers were inside reflecting, creating, collaborating, and experimenting.

To begin, each teacher drew one SHOM word from a bag to think about and work with.

http://www.pz.harvard.edu/research/StudioThink/StudioThinkEight.htm

The teachers were then asked to think about how they utilize that practice in their own teaching, or perhaps they have observed Ms.Brooke using it within her teaching, or perhaps they dream of using it in a certain way in the future.

The teachers then pulled out an aspect or aspects of their reflection that could then be visualized using materials:

Chalk, watercolor, Sharpie, graphite pencil, collage matierals.

The classroom space was filled with a buzz as materials were chosen, layered, blended.

At the end of the session, the orb-formed pieces were stretch out across a table for reflection.

What do you notice?

What do you think?

What do you wonder?

The responses were positive, and the willingness to look and listen and explore was inspiring.