Teaching and Learning

A Grade 7's Introductory Response to Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

I would have to say that I am in some trouble.  I’ve been bitten by the blog bug!  I know that if you are reading, you can tell.  It seems from where you are sitting that mayhaps I spend hours doing this…no, it comes in brief fits of interest, intrigue and avoidance.  You see, I’ve really been here all weekend, working…creating things, learning how to use particular programs on the computer, familiarizing with Desire 2 Learn, making invitations, marking…you can’t tell that, can you?  But, at the same time, I begin to notice the massive list of things that interest me! (Cartography interests me…especially beautiful maps!) In an earlier day, we would say that the list of things that interest or intrigue me is as long as my arm…but likely, given our exponential shifting every moment, it is definitely longer!

It started with this morning’s coffee.  I came down to check my work e mail to see if there were any surprises waiting for me.  I happened upon a WordPress blog, as I was signing out.  I believe they call the location, Freshly Pressed Blogs.  Oh sheesh…and this was as I was logging out! 

I immediately responded to a beautiful blog that I saw there and ended up at the associated website of Jacob Murphy, photographer.  If you will go to this website and please look at the video that is contained there, I’m certain that you will appreciate it as much as I do!  I was especially touched by the video content because I was on my way to teach in our beautiful school.  I could not help but think about all of the advantages our students have and just how blessed we are as educators!  I felt so positive and full of gratitude as I headed out this morning.  Thank you for your photographs, Jacob Murphy.

Student Response to Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Fabric Artists

As I continue my investigation into historical quilting, blocking and notions of working in fabric, I have come upon two female artists who have blown my socks off!  Their work is inspiring, meaningful and important.  I thought that I would publish a couple of links here so that you might read their statements and see some of their work.
The first is Jeanne Williamson.  Her recent work is based in part on the construction fence as it masks the environment.  She uses a variety of techniques including mono print, painting, quilting and stitchery to create the pieces.  Here is a link to an article written about her work.

She is creating a 12 x 12 piece each month…and her recent collection will be called 12 x 12 x 12.  I like this approach to work, given that I am the sort of systematic artist/collector/creator who works section by section as well. I respond also to the notion of environmental impact and the sense that the landscape is evolving as we’ve known it and becoming something different based on the person-made objects/materials/environmental havoc we leave behind.
Jeanne Williamson: Fence

Jeanne Williamson: Fence

The second artist is Linda Gass.  I was so excited to see her work!  She is out of California and as well as dealing with silk painting, quilting and creating fabric objects of ordinary proportions, she has created installation pieces in the landscape.  Her themes deal most significantly with water and water management…and the huge mistakes made in regards to river systems in her home state, California.  I highly recommend that you take a browse on her site if environmental issues are of any interest to you.  She takes us to a Rivulet at Parker Creek, Owen’s River Gorge, Trona Pinnacles and Warm Springs, Death Valley. An excellent ‘read’ and a woman who shares my heart regarding our water usage. Now out to the studio for my morning session!  Will take a coffee break and river-walk break at 11.  Have a beautfiul weekend! Check out Linda Gass here.

Linda Gass Quilted Map