October 19, 2017

The Architect

 

This week we started our second cycle of art. During the first four months of the school year, each homeroom rotated between the intermediate classes. Each intermediate teacher taught in the style of a specific artist. We’re doing the same thing during this round, but we’ve thrown a slight curveball; instead of the homerooms staying together, we mixed and mingled the kids together into five different classes which are comprised of kids from all five homerooms. This gives students the opportunity to spend time with students from other classes that they may not necessarily see outside of the cafeteria or playground. So far, it’s been a truly unique experience!

The artist that we’re working on in my class is Frank Gehry. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, then I’ll try to give you a visual; if you’ve ever been to Seattle and went to the Space Needle, there’s this weird, funky, multi-colored, futuristic building next door called the Experience Music Project (E.M.P.). This museum that focuses on music, pop-culture, and science fiction was designed by Frank Gehry, an architect originally from Toronto, Canada who now resides in Los Angeles. I urge you to Google his name and check out the cool buildings he’s designed all over the world. I also urge you to check out the museum if you get a chance.

We’re using a variety of materials, from toilet paper rolls to aluminum foil, to create buildings in the style of Frank Gehry. It’s a little trickier than one would think. Gehry thinks outside the box, quite literally, and his buildings don’t conform to the typical rules of designing buildings. That’s why it’s so unique. I attached some pictures of what we’ve been working on. While you may not see your child in these pictures, just know that they will be doing this at some point before the end of April depending on the rotation.

~Mr. B

Sam figured out how to bend the cardboard to make it curve.

Sam figured out how to bend the cardboard to make it curve.

Olivia and crew go to town during the design bonanza!

Olivia and crew go to town during the design bonanza!

Beckett and Kian work on a futuristic mobile home while Rowan and Joseph work on manipulating their materials.

Beckett and Kian work on a futuristic mobile home while Rowan and Joseph work on manipulating their materials.

Anna, Jada, and Meshach workin' hard.

Anna, Jada, and Meshach workin’ hard.

 

Dan Barnard About Dan Barnard

Dan Barnard hails from the Green Mountain State of Vermont where he grew up skiing, biking, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the woods. He learned to drive on his parents' station wagons, learned to ski at Smugglers' Notch, and developed a love for traveling by participating in school trips to France and New York City. He worked in many jobs ranging from ski instructing to babysitting to an after-school program that helped him decide he wanted to be a teacher.

He enrolled in Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and earned a BA in Humanities with a focus on history and a concentration in Elementary Education. After working for two years in a suburban Boston community as a fifth grade teacher, he decided to move west to discover the beauty and bounty of Oregon. He worked for four years as a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher in Mosier, Oregon. While working in Mosier he enrolled in graduate school at Portland State University and earned a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.