Fall Leaves

A few fall leaves made during Encore by Gala, Taran and Nolan. Inspired by the view during my drive from Providence to Quest. -Anne

2012 Walk 4 Quest – The Countdown Begins!

The Walk is COMING!!!!

The Walk is COMING!!!!

The Walk is COMING!!!!

Parents, students, and friends of Quest,

In 19 DAYS Quest will host its first “WALK 4 Quest!”

The school’s goal is to raise as much money as possible and have 100% participation from all students and families of Quest.  If you can’t make the “Walk,” not to worry.  Students and families can still help raise money by encouraging lump sum donations.

We encourage everyone to get as many sponsors as possible! If you fill up your first sponsor sheet (and, we hope you do) extra sponsor forms and envelopes can be found with Pam in the office.

We can’t wait to see you all out walking for Quest!

Sol Lewitt with LE

I’ve been spending the fall with LE sharing artists that use walls to communicate ideas with the world. Half of LE began with Sol Lewitt a couple weeks ago. We began by making various kinds of lines on the whiteboard together, then looked at how Lewitt used all kinds of lines in his work. We also looked at pictures of his large wall paintings at MASS MoCA. You can learn more about Sol Lewitt here.

When Lewitt’s work is installed in museums and galleries it often comes with a set of instructions. We talked about the word “interpret,” and then I read a set of instructions I made up while students drew what they heard.

 

 

Here’s a picture of Lou and Kiki taking the direction “Draw a sleepy line” VERY literally:

Afterwards we came back to the circle and looked at everyone’s drawings together. Even though everyone had the same directions, the drawings were all different!

 

For the next activity, students drew lines with charcoal while I played different kinds of music to make these Lewitt-inspired drawings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk 4 Quest!

Parents, grandparents, friends of Quest, neighbors of friends of Quest, we are excited to announce our first annual “Walk 4 Quest!”
This first walk is a very special one as it is the kickoff to the homestretch of our capital campaign fundraising, and it will allow every member of our community to help deliver the final touches on our new home. We see this event as a community building experience where the smallest Quest community member to the oldest can come out and support our amazing school!   
   Some important details:
    – Students will be coming home with a pledge form and flyer. We ask that you work as a family to spread the great news about our new school (it’s also a great way to help in the admissions recruiting too!) and ask friends and family to sponsor your child(ren) per lap committed. Mike and Kath Daily are speaking with each classroom this afternoon, so your kids may come home with questions or thoughts.
    – Checks should be collected at time of sponsorship as checks will be needed on walk/race day. Checks should be made out to Quest Montessori School. Please put “Walk4Quest” and your child’s name in the memo section of the check.
    – If anyone else in your family or friend circle want to walk and fundraise on behalf of Quest, we will have extra envelopes in the office (see Pam or Mike). We would love any and all extended friends and family to walk/run!
  – If you or your child cannot attend the actual walk on October 28th, we still very much need your help and participation in fundriasing. Please turn in your forms and checks to Mike or Pam on Friday the 26th if you cannot attend in person.
We hope to see everyone at the event!  We encourage you to get as many pledges as possible.The more pledges for Quest, the closer and faster we reach our Capital Campaign goals and we want to blow it away! Thanks in advance for your participation.
Kristin Barclay + Kath Daily (PTO)

Some work in Lower Elementary

A Few of Our Self-Portraits

Here are just a few of the self-portraits made in art class the first couple weeks of school. From left to right:  Greer (CH), Lily (CH), Lou (LE), Abby (LE), Nolan (UE), and Adrian (LE). More to come!

I’ve begun hanging the originals in the hall to the left of the toddler room, so next time you’re at school be sure to check them out! I’m hoping to display them all soon.  Each one really reflects the student’s unique and special personality. It’s been a really fun project.

-Anne

Cave Art with Kindergarten

On Monday the kindergarteners and I talked about cave art and how stone-age artists used their artwork to communicate messages to others. Here are a few things they noticed and learned about cave art:

-Cave artists may have used art to communicate messages or stories to others.

- They painted animals they probably hunted or saw every day.

-The colors they used were black, brown, red, and yellow because those were the colors they could make from the earth.

-Cave artists usually signed their work with their hand print.

Then the group made their own cave art:

From left to right: Calei, Greer, Koray, Lily, and Thomas. PS: Calei said the message she is trying to communicate to others is “I love my dog at home.”

Hello from Anne!

Hello, Quest Families! The first few weeks have been wonderful at Quest, and I’m extremely excited to be leading such great group in art this year. I’ve been getting to know the students by beginning the year making self-portraits with the entire school!

Each group looked at how artists like Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh represented themselves in their work, however the goal was not to create a self-portrait in their particular style. We discussed proportions of the face and students studied themselves in the mirror while working, but I also encouraged them to take creative liberties with their identities. The results are fun, creative, varied, and reflect a talented group. I’ll post a few images as they finish up this week, but be sure to check them out in person in the halls at Quest. I’ll let you know when I finish the display. For now, here’s a photo of some of the Upper Elementary students at work.  -Anne

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