by Cheri Streimikes, Art Teacher
Last Wednesday, Sierra School students had the wonderful experience of having a guest artist work with our art class. Asia Freeman, artist, art center director and college art instructor from Homer, Alaska visited us with a great project. She is a truly impressive teacher as well as an accomplished artist. The project dove-tailed with our first semester's lessons on light and shadow, finding negative space, and practicing accurate observation. Asia took us into a whole new world of these basic skills. The students covered a painting board with a single color of slow drying paint. Then they chose their subjects from objects around the campus. They didn't "draw the subject". Instead, they erased the paint on their boards in varying thickness, creating areas of light and shadow, and little by little revealing the subject. The results were beautiful. The students were excited about the new way to think about representing objects. For my part, I loved seeing our students leaping fearlessly into something new.
by Molly Lou Freeman, lead Teacher
To festively bring in the Christmas season, on 19th December 2015, the Sierra School welcomed over 70 people to our open-air screening of Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" in the San Ignacio Park. We provided free popcorn and Christmas cookies. The audience responded with endless giggles. We would like to especially thank Lucas and Zoe Dearborn, Micheal Walsh, Esli Meijia, Cheri Streimikes, Nataly Muñoz Talavera, Fabrice Serrière, Judy Rupp, and a great big thank you to Victor Gonzalez Chavez for helping put on a wonderful event! Free, public events like this allow us to build bridges with the local community, create visibility for the school and generate local support. The screening was a total success with local neighborhood families and Sierra School students, families and community members attending. First, the Mexican grandmas showed up, then came children and more children. Night fell to peels of laughter!
by Molly Lou Freeman, Lead Teacher
Sierra School students, teachers, family and community members celebrated a fabulous first semester of learning and achievement with a nature hike on our last day of term. On December 18th, over 20 of us hiked to the old Port south of Punta Lobos, for beach exploring, a picnic and roasted marshmallows. The weather was cool and several students went swimming! We ended our picnic like responsible ecologists: everyone carried trash out from this protected beach. We filled a large trash can with plastic refuse. Thanks, everyone, for an excellent first term and gorgeous day at the beach!
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