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.