ABS Thursday Notes- October 15, 2015

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                            October 15, 2015





How We Do It and Why

Mary Siebert


“It is difficult to know oneself, but it isn’t easy to paint oneself either.”- Vincent van Gogh


On Thursday, November 5th at noon, Fourth Graders present an art opening at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,) the result of an extended study with resident artist Diana Greene. Ms. Greene is a published writer and professional photographer. You may be familiar with her personal commentaries, heard on WFDD’s “Voices and Viewpoints”. The Literacy Through Photography residency, also known as “My Inside-Outside Self,” has become a favorite tradition for ABS 4th graders. This is Ms. Green’s 11th consecutive year with our students. Here is her description of the program:


“Excellent writing and sharp photography are linked by the primacy of strong images.  By combining these two art forms, students draw profound connections about the power of detail, the essence of composition, and the need to plan before execution and revise for perfection.  Literacy through photography teaches students the centrality of their personal vision and shows them how to translate that vision onto the page.  Each student will compose self-portraits, setting up shots with a partner, using a digital camera. The self-portrait is then shot and printed in black and white.  Students will then write a narrative to accompany their self-portraits.  Text and portraits will be mounted and displayed.  An opening reception will be held, celebrating the work, the young artists, and the power of art in education.”


During this time, students are also creating vivid self-portraits in art class with Ms. Messick, focused on the challenging task of shading with oil pastels. These three dramatic self-portraits in photography, pastel, and writing (considered precious keepsakes by ABS parents,) are displayed side by side at SECCA where we celebrate with a reading and screen projection of the portraits by each child in the auditorium. This is followed by a real art opening reception in the museum gallery. Through this process, each child investigates and details the exquisite individuality of each young personality and each face, each unique point of view. When we honor both the child and the child’s self-expression through a formal reception, we make a powerful and memorable statement of support to each student: we honor your work, and we love and celebrate you. The art will remain on exhibition. Entry to the museum is free, and you can visit the astonishing “Point and Counterpoint” exhibit at SECCA when you drop by to see the work of our students.


ABS Garden Work Day

Saturday, October 17

9:00 to 1:00

Bring your kids, your tools, and your snacks to rack up a bunch of volunteer hours. Parents do all the garden work at ABS except for mowing lawns, so your help is greatly needed.

RSVP and questions: Matt Mayers (723-7189 or mlmayers@gmail.com)


Fall Fest Rescheduled

Fall Fest has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, 12-3pm.  There will be games for all ages, music, and some of Winston-Salem’s most popular food trucks! Admission is $5 for children. Parents/Caretakers are free. Volunteers are needed to help run the class games. Please see your class website for details about signing up.


Prospective Parents’ Tours

School tours for prospective parents are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at 9:30am.  Each tour is limited to 10 adults in an effort to limit the disruption to our students and teachers in the classrooms.  Parents interested in learning more about ABS and how to enroll their child, should contact the front office to sign up for a tour. 748-4116 ext 1023.  Applications will be accepted beginning January 1.  The lottery will be held the second Tuesday of February.


Halloween is Coming

Please do not send students to school in costumes.  We all enjoy the fun and excitement of Halloween but find that costumes and accessories make it very difficult to concentrate.  Also we do not want students to bring candy in their lunch bags for snacks.  Although it can be delicious, high sugar snacks should not replace a healthy snack.  Thanks for your help!


Around Town….

Calling all female artists: musicians, poets, dancers, writers, actors, cinematographers, story tellers, builders, bakers, and any combination thereof… CREATORS!  WE WANT YOU!


Introducing the RUBY SLIPPER FRINGE FESTIVAL, an all-female arts festival and incubator for the arts where female artists of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels can share new, original, innovative work with the community.


Applications being accepted now through November 30, 2015.


For more information and application visit www.rubyslipperfringe.org