Art Day AM Program (ages 6-16)

Description

WHO: Students Ages 6-16, Students will be divided into Upper and Lower Forms
WHAT: Two sessions per month of Handicrafts, Music, Performing, Fine Arts, Literacy Skills, Skill Development, and Habits
WHERE: Loft & Field Farm
WHEN: Every other Friday 9:00am-12:30pm, see calendar
COST: $48/month or $139/trimester
MATERIALS FEE, ages 10+: $2 for a composition notebook for a commonplace book (or bring your own), bring cash or check to purchase at Check-In desk.
HOW PAYMENT WORKS: Payment collected when signing up for classes, subscription will continue until the end of the school year or cancel any time.  No refunds.
BONUS: When you sign up for any local class, your family automatically gets a Loft & Field Membership. Memberships include access to the Living Books Library, parent support, early sign-ups, and more. They will expire June 15th, 2022. If you’d like the benefits of membership without taking local classes, we have a “Membership Only” option on our Enroll page. Read more about the many benefits of a Loft & Field membership here.


General Information


Program of Study

See the Art Day AM Program time schedule here.
Charlotte Mason Habits & Prayer – We start our day thinking about our personhood and the kind of people we are becoming by studying Charlotte Mason’s list of habits. Habits we will study include: attention, managing one’s own body, kindness, self-control, courtesy, diligence, reverence, regularity, self-discipline in habits, meekness, truthfulness, accuracy, imagining, fortitude, cleanliness, remembering, patience, reflection & meditation. Taught by Ms. Stephanie. (20 minutes)

Handicrafts – Taught with the Swedish “sloyd” technique, handicrafts classes build harmony between our hands and minds. While students will learn how to make crafts, our main goal is helping students learn problem solving through knowledge of many craft processes. This year we will study weaving, crochet, & yarn crafts; quilting (hand sewing & machine); and puppet making. Taught by Ms. Sarah. (32 minutes)

Performing  – This fall, students will learn to expressively communicate to a group, beginning with humorous poetry, then dramatic poetry, and storytelling. In the winter months, they will learn theater games and practice a short script, adapted for young students, of Romeo & Juliet. Don’t forget that Romeo & Juliet has an awesome fight scene, so of course we will need to practice some stage combat. Students will work on confidence, expressive vocal techniques, stage presence, and prop-making. In the spring, students will begin to learn extemporaneous speaking, informative speaking and team performance – all in an age appropriate and cooperative way. Taught by Ms. Stephanie (32 minutes)

Snack Time – A simple snack of crackers and carrots is provided; students with dietary limitations should bring their own snack. All students should bring their own water bottles. (20 minutes, midmorning)

Fine Arts & Picture Study – This year we will study the expression and technique used in the works of famous artists throughout America’s history. Then, students will create their own works of art in the style of each artist with an emphasis on the process of art-making. Fall term we will study early American art by learning about Frederick Remington (casting sculpture), Mary Cassatt (impressionism painting), Louis Comfort Tiffany (stained glass), James McNeill Whistler (portraits), and Grandma Moses (town drawing). Winter term we will look middle American art including Norman Rockwell (magazine illustration), Alexander Calder (wire mobile), Buckminster Fuller (tetrahedra sculpture), Romare Bearden (collage), Andy Warhol (Package Design), and Roy Lichtenstein (comic art). Spring term we will focus on modern Amerian art by Georgia O’Keeffe (watercolor), Roy de Forest (aluminum sculpture), Faith Ringgold (story quilt), Jim Dine (repeated shape painting), and Jewell Praying Wolf James (totem). Students will do a picture study on one work of art by each artist and see how many they can remember on the last day of the term. Taught by Ms. Stephanie. (32 minutes)

Literacy & Library Skills – Students will learn how to find books in the library and then how to browse the books in that area to see if it’s at their level. They will learn how to skim and find out if a book is fiction or non-fiction. They will lead their own book club where each student gets a chance to share a book they’ve read and speak about the parts they liked and the parts they struggled with. Our goal is to foster an environment where the students encourage themselves and each other to read more widely and more deeply than before. When they read a book from all the areas of the library, they will earn a tassel to carry – a symbol of their journey and hard work. Taught by Ms. Rebecca. (32 minutes)

Music – We enjoy music through singing, dancing, playing rhythm instruments, and listening. We change the songs we learn each trimester, but always include a mix of folk songs, hymns, cultural music, and rounds. We will also be learning one two-part choral piece each trimester. This year we will also focus on one composer each trimester by learning about the music of John Philip Sousa, Ludwig van Beethoven, and George & Ira Gershwin. We will also play some percussive instruments and do some basics with the ukulele. We also scheduled to have some students come in to introduce instruments including the flute, french horn, violin, and piano. We will get to see how those instruments work and listen to a solo piece. The goal of this class is not a concert at the end, but to learn to understand and appreciate music. It will develop confidence in singing and teach students to appreciate a wide range of music. Taught by Ms. Johanna (32 minutes)

Skill Development – Throughout the day, we will have short lessons to teach mental math games, how to draw the USA from memory, and logic & reasoning puzzles. This makes use of the time transitioning between classes and encourages students to stretch in these areas. Taught by Ms. Rebecca. (10 minutes)


FAQs

Does my student need to bring anything to class? All students should bring a water bottle marked with their full name. Students with dietary restrictions should bring their own snack. If their class requires a notebook, they need to bring money on the first day to purchase it and bring the notebook every subsequent week.

Should parents stay with their kids? You, the parent, know more about your child and what will help him or her thrive. That means, you are the best person to make this decision! Some parents stay with their kids during classes, some stay nearby in case the child has a need, and most drop their kids off. You can choose what is best for your family throughout the year.

How should my child dress? – We go outside every day, regardless of the weather. You need to check the weather report and dress your child or send clothes that will keep them comfortable in all kinds of weather (rain coat in rain, snow pants in winter, shorts and t-shirt on hot days, etc.). Especially make sure your child is wearing sturdy shoes that cover the whole foot, we do a lot of running around and working with animals and want to prevent tripping or injury. It is especially helpful if you label clothes with a family name so we can get them back to you instead of losing them in the Lost & Found (a.k.a. “The Black Hole”).

What about pick-up and lunch? Seeds students must have a parent on site with them to either be picked up or stay to eat with a parent at 12:30 p.m. Students over age 6 are welcome to stay for lunch but must be picked up no later than 12:50 p.m. if they are not enrolled in the Art PM Program. Students who are enrolled in the Art PM program should plan on staying for lunch, with an option for the parent to come eat with them if desired. We do not provide lunch. Please send a labeled bag lunch with a water bottle. We picnic when we can!

What should I do with my kids age 5 and under outside of their designated class time?  Please stay with your young ones at all times, we are not responsible for watching them. We have had issues with young kids wandering from their parents and engaging with caged animals, destroying books, or entering bedrooms and leaving a mess. It means so much to us that you would help us avoid this additional chaos while here. There is no program for Seeds in the afternoons. Please keep children under age 5 at home or directly accompanied by a parent while on-site.

What should I do if one of my kids is sick? Please refer to our Health & Safety Protocols, we make a clear list of when to definitely keep your kids home, and when you can make your own decision.

Do we have to wear a mask? You the parent can decide if you want your child masked and we will respect your wishes in kindness and without judgment. Almost everyone here chooses not to wear masks, but again, you are free to decide what is best for your children and your family.