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March 27, 2014
Ease into Writing!

Christine: Mathematics & Art

For an Artful Spring Break!


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  Ease into Writing!

(Photos General) teenwriting.jpgWay back, writing was difficult for me. I understood the concepts of main idea, supporting with facts, linking from one paragraph to the next, etc. I loved reading books and didn't like writing book reports. Write an essay on a Tennyson poem? I did not have enough life experience to relate to deep interpretations or offer wise observations.

But write about and illustrate the flower I had taken apart or the frog I had dissected -let me at it! I somehow persuaded the English teacher who wanted an essay on the Tennyson poem to let me write about the history of jazz in America. If I liked the topic I could write. Yet it wasn't until I became a teacher and fortunately had a mentor who taught me a technique of following a pattern that writing came more easily to me and more importantly helped me help children, especially those who didn't have a natural fluency.

Listening to a radio show on "10 Best Sentences in Fiction and Nonfiction" I became fascinated by the idea of another pattern approach to teaching writing. We parents and teachers could help our children identify favorite sentences from age appropriate literature and challenge/help them, all ages, to tell or write a sentence in that pattern.

What are you reading to or with your children now? Try it! It's fun. Here's one.

"I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread." The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
I feel happy, rather expansive, like strawberries peeking above lots of whipped cream."
Parmalee

How about these?

(Photos General) Child_Writing.jpg"...his mother called him "WILD THING!" and Max said "I'll EAT YOU UP!" so he was sent to bed without eating anything." Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

"Once there was a tree..." The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

"One morning a mosquito saw an iguana drinking at a waterhole.  The mosquito said..." Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema

"Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow." The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett  

"If you tell the truth you do not need a good memory!"  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Enjoy! Parmalee

 

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  Christine: Mathematics & Art

Although many people think art and mathematics use different parts of the brain and are essentially incompatible - those people are wrong. Art and mathematics can wrap around each other just like the double helix of DNA.

(Graphics) Christine_DNA-NIH.jpgExamples of natural art forms in science or mathematics include fractals and the form and symmetry of DNA.

Although mathematics occurs naturally in our universe, some artists have incorporated mathematics into their art. The noted artist Escher made especial usage of the interaction of art and mathematics. Roger Penrose is a noted mathematician that has spit out art concepts like Penrose Tiles as part and parcel of his mathematics. Penrose tiles are a tile layout that uses shapes that do not allow for symmetry. Although the shapes can fill an area completely, the pattern is not symmetric. Origami is an ancient art form that is based on mathematics.

There are now conventions and competitions that combine art and mathematics. One of the biggest is run by the Bridges Organization. Here is a page that has some past art. Rummage their site for more. There is some great stuff. Universities are now combining the two disciplines.

(Photos General) Christine_GardenofCosmic.jpgAny artist knows more about mathematics than they may realize. Correct perspective in a drawing uses exact mathematical relationships. Color blending is also mathematical. Many pleasing shapes rely on exact mathematical definitions. Some gardens have been built to mathematical relationships, like the Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland.

The whole point of combining art and mathematics is to have fun. Don't be afraid of either one because when they are combined you get wondrous things. My little guy loves both, and I have told him to put them together and let them be friends. Art and mathematics co-exist in the universe, we should have them both in our lives.

Christine is a local mom and scientist who makes the mysteries and complexities of science easier to understand.  You can read more of Christine's science explanations here!

 

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  For an Artful Spring Break!

(Ads 2014) ArtFactorySpringBreak2.jpgArtist Yvette Contois brings a fabulous, creative approach to the teaching of art to children. The results that come forth are amazing. Even more rewarding is the pride in accomplishment in the children.  Just look at the wide variety of offerings for meeting individual interests.

Monday April 14, Sewing with Carrie - Improve you hand-sewing skills as you design and sew a fabulous hand puppet. Carrie is our treasured Sewing/Textile instructor.

Tuesday April 15, Cartooning with Devin - Explore the art of comics with expert illustrator and AF instructor; Devin Cogger. Take home your original comic strip. A fun creative way to spend the day.

(Photos General) ArtFactory_Cat.jpgWednesday April 16, Collage with Noelle - Spend the day diving into multiple layers upon layers of creative collage. Noelle is an AF instructor and professional collage artist.

Thursday April 17, Printmaking with Simone - Print the day away with AF instructor Simone as you experiment with the surprises that printmaking bring. Take home a unique print.

Friday April 18, Painting with Simone - Draw and paint from deep sea subject matter with Simone, our resident artist and instructor. A fabulous way to end your Spring Break!

(Photos General) YvetteContois.jpgYvette Contois has been giving art lessons to adults & children since 1990. Her artwork has been featured in juried exhibits since the 1980s, and her commercial art has won national & local recognition.  Her guiding passion is bringing art into the lives of her students. Yvette recognizes the value in children creating art as "historical documents"; representing their thoughts, processes, developmental stages and creativity. Process and positive, supportive art experiences always come before product.

The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr., Aptos, (831) 688-8862, email Yvette

 

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  This Week

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Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

 

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School Corner

Mount Madonna School Pre-K- 12, Cultural Awareness and Grandparents & Special Friends Recogntion Day 3/27

 

 

Orchard School K-6, CircOrchard, Children's Circus Performance 3/28 & 29

 

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf  School K-8, Quartetto Volare Concert, 3/24

 

 

Chartwell School and The New High School K-12 Two Open Houses, 4/5 & 4/8

 

 

Chartwell School and The New High School K-12. Free Workshop "Emotional Literacy, Dealing with Stress in an Academic Setting"

 

 

Gateway School K-8, Auction Gala 4/12

 

 

All School Activities

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 Children's Circus By and For Children!

CircOrchard - The Orchard School's Children's Circus

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Mar 28 - Mar 29

Admission Fees: $6 under 12 & over 65, under 3 free, adults $10

Special Instructions: Tickets available at Little Peoples Store, and at orchardschoolaptos.com 688-8208;1074

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Orchard_LionsonStage.jpgOrchard Schools 2nd annual circus production will include unicycling, stilt walking, clown antics, juggling, acrobatics, circus spoofs, and more.

Performances will be by the entire student body. Kindergarten to 6th grade. Last year's shows were 'smash hits'.

Don't miss this entertaining show full of talent and laughs.

 

Friday  7:00pm to 8:30pm  ~  Saturday 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Location: New Brighton Middle School Theater, 250 Washburn Avenue, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 688-1074 •website Aptos

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