Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving lunch

Merci Emilia for the delicious Thanksgiving lunch you prepared for us before our Thanksgiving break!

Hopper's Maine - Part 2


The second part of our activity on Edward Hopper is now available for viewing in the hallway!
The children selected a piece painted by Hopper that was part of the exhibit we had seen in October. They sketched it in every detail and then used watercolor to finish it. Some chose to stay very true to the colors used by the master while other students experimented a little with colors.
Their watercolors are absolutely beautiful. They have done a fantastic job so please come encourage our little artists!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A big thank you to all the parents and students of L'Ecole Française du Maine who donated food to support Freeport families during Thanksgiving. The Parents Association divided the food into several packages, and the children of grades 4, 5, 6 made lovely cards for each package. Caryn and Stephanie took the packages to the Freeport Community Center.
Merci beaucoup à tous!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Suzuki Concert on November 21, 2011

Congratulations to all of the students on their beautiful performances at the first Suzuki concert of the year. Everyone played so well, and their hard work was evident through the music. The concert began with a special treat, as we were inspired by an older student, Elise, now a freshman at NYA. She played Mozart with DeeDee to the delight of all and the students were motivated by this performance. Next the chorus sang a song, which was followed by solos in cello, violin, piano and classical guitar. Some students performed for their very first time, while others continue to advance in their instruments, playing more and more advanced pieces. One guitar student celebrated his Twinkle graduation, an important milestone in the Suzuki Method. We concluded with a trumpet solo of "When the Saints Come Marching In". Thanks to all of the parents who continually support their children by attending lessons and practicing with them each day, and to their teachers who have given them the precious gift of music!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Edward Hopper’s Maine

In October, the class CM1, CM2 and 6eme researched the life and artwork of Edward Hopper to prepare for their visit of the unique exhibit that was shown at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
We went there on a beautiful sunny morning. We discovered the beautiful artwork of Hopper, mainly composed of oil paintings representing landscapes and buildings and wonderful watercolors. In their research, the students discovered the themes the artist enjoyed (architecture, coastal landscapes), more reasons for him to paint Maine.

After the visit of the exhibit, the students got their pencils and sketchbooks ready, found a spot on the lawn in the campus and started sketching buildings. Back at school, the following week, the students experimented with watercolors and sublimed their beautiful drawings.

You can come see them on the hallway walls, by their classroom door.

We are now working on another Edward Hopper project you will admire and hear about very soon…stay tuned !

Des arbres Klimt

Nous avons utilisé les belles couleurs d'automne du Maine pour composer un arbre à la manière de Klimt, un peintre autrichien, qui utilisait les spirales pour son célèbre "Arbre de vie".

We used the beautiful colors of autumn in Maine to create a tree in the style of Klimt, an Austrian painter who used spirals for his well-known "Tree of Life".

Pour sortir du cadre de la feuille, nous nous sommes essayés à un travail en trois dimensions, en faconnant des arbres en volume, avec des fils d'aluminium travaillés en spirales et plantés dans des cubes de polystyrène peints avec une belle couleur cuivrée.
To change the medium from paper, we tried a work in 3D, creating a tree with volume, made with aluminum wire worked into spirals and stuck into polystyrene cubes painted with a beautiful copper color.

Le résultat est très réussi, avec des oeuvres toujours différentes malgré une consigne commune. Bravo les artistes!
The result is a real success, with pieces of artwork always very different while working from the same instructions. Bravo to the artists!

Don't forget to check the K-1 blog to see more of their amazing projects!
N'oubliez-pas d'aller sur le blog des GS/CP pour voir d'autres projets fantastiques!

Au menu cette semaine:

Parent Association Halloween Supper

The Parents Association prepared a wonderful dinner for school parents and students. There was a choice of chili or soups and baguette. Everything was delicious!