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Yearly Archives: 2011

Felting For Fun

Today, the children worked with needle felting using cookie cutters to shape felt, or by simply laying the felt in a flat shape and treating it with soapy water.  The results were insightful and beautiful, and incorporated colorful designs in a variety of forms including felted rocks and flat felted designs.  The children laughed and […]

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The Case of the Obliterated Petunias

Today was our first experiment with a Mock Court scenario. The children were each assigned a role in a mock trial, complete with judge, prosecutor, defense lawyer, police officers, news reporters, jurors, a deputy sheriff, and various witnesses.  Once the roles were assigned, the children were left to sort out the evidence for a few […]

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Jazz, Swing, Dixieland, and a Little Improvisation

Today, Studio Workshop was fortunate enough to have an expert musician and jazz historian in class today.  the sessions started out with some basic information about the history of Jazz in the united states, and it’s migration via musical recordings throughout the world.  The children heard several samples of various types of music, including some […]

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Skeleton Art

In the spirit of today’s Halloween party the quarks read a few Halloween books, Room on the Broom and The Sleepless Little vampire. After reading and discussing the books/pictures and Halloween, the Quarks then made skeletons from Q-Tips. They were provided a skeleton head and pelvis. Then they were able to glue their own bones […]

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This Might Get Loud

Today’s Studio Workshop session was led by a local graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, with a degree in jazz performance. The children were introduced to various musical concepts pertaining to beats, measures, tempo, and rhythm and were invited to take part in the production while practicing some of the fundamental mechanics of […]

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Quick Chess

Surprisingly, all of the kids in Electrons Math Games wanted to play chess today.  Because we had a large group, we split into two teams and used Quick Chess to play a shortened game on a larger floor board.  It was a lot of fun but there were some excellent questions raised as to whether […]

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Freedom In Abstract Art

Today in Electrons art we worked again enjoying the freedom of abstract art – just enjoying colors!  Our focus was on shades (color + black) and tints (color + white).  You may want to ask your Electron what a yellow shade looks like.  We created 6 color fields using tape.  This allowed us not to […]

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The Six Elements Of Art

In Neutrons and Electrons art this week we started our study of the 6 elements of art (shape, color, line, value, texture and form) with a discussion about how we would use each element to paint a leaf and how they help us show different aspects of what kind of leaf we mean to represent.  […]

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Tug Of War

We managed to stay cool, creative, and focused on fun today.  The Co-op acquired a snazzy new 50 foot Tug-O-War rope, which the children promptly wrapped their hands around.  How many homeschoolers does it take to take a rope from a grown adult?  Apparently only a handful.  After the rope fun, the kids fashioned a […]

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Landscape Art Under Glass

Today’s “Park Days” event took place at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.  In 1905 Chicago’s West Park Commission’s general superintendent and chief landscape architect, Jens Jensen, demolished the three smaller greenhouses in Humboldt, Douglas and Garfield Parks to create what was intended as “the largest publicly owned conservatory under one roof in the world” […]

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