Thank you to Wild Birds Unlimited for donating a 20lbs bag of Choice seed to our school. Mrs. Yarnell had received a grant from the State of Missouri, which enabled us to buy bird feeders to attract birds to our garden.

The students participate in keeping the feeders full and maintained.

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We have been out to the Garden to draw and harvest.

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Art is everywhere.

Most classes worked in the school garden on Friday. We harvested Purple Pole Beans, Green Pole Beans, Green Tomatoes, Dill Seed, & Cilantro Seed. While some were gardening others worked in their Nature Journals, recording the experience with poems, images, and words. The HS and MS began their first project today. We are using Environmental Artists as inspiration for a piece of nature art. We went to the roof to see what Chesterfield Village offered in the way of natural spaces. First Grade and Second Grade will be building trees to be in their classrooms. We looked at what a tree looks like from underneath to get a better idea of how to build one.

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First Day Of School

It has been a great first day of school. The Beginners, K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th had Art today. Most classes will have Art 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time. school garden photo (29)

The school garden has been waiting for students to harvest.




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photo (34)We have new class friends. 



I hope everyone is having a great summer. Don’t forget there are creative things to do everywhere. Have your kids draw the backyard or take pictures and then reconstruct their environment. The above images is David Hockney.

I realize school is a way off, however August will be here before we know it. Cleaning out the Art room and reorganizing has begun. If you are out shopping this summer and run across any of the following we can always use any of these items. I am asking that parents have their student bring in the item listed with their grade at the beginning of the year.

Beginners- Glue sticks

Pre-K- Prang watercolors

1st- Crayola markers

2nd-Construction paper (no purple)

3rd-Glue sticks

4th-Crayola markers

5th-Pink erasers and or Prang watercolors

Middle School- construction paper  (no purple)  or Elmer’s glue

H.S.-Acrylic paint (any color and brand)

 I would like every student to have a 8.5×11 sketchbook this year. I am excited to hear all of the summer stories when everyone comes back.

As a side note there are a few really great exhibitions this summer that are within driving distance. If you have a chance to check any of these out you won’t be disappointed.

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At the Nelson Atkins Muesem in Kansas City, Mo through Aug 18th.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013–Sunday, September 22, 2013
The Art Institute of Chicago

It’s time to begin Garden Arts! Every class has been helping to get our rooftop garden ready. We have been planting seeds, learning about life cycles of butterflies, decorating our containers and learning about beneficial insects. Ask your kids about what seeds they have planted and what they painted on the containers. We have plenty of seeds, but can always use dirt. I would also like to teach your students about rain collection and compost. We do however need a rain barrel and a compost container. We will build worm bins and repot our seedlings soon. It so very exciting this time of the year.

Thanks for all you do and for your amazing children.

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