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Why We Have the Lower School Art Show

Ann Schaumburger and Katherine Nix
From Lower School Art Teachers, Ann Schaumburger and Katherine Nix:

Why We Have the Lower School Art Show

February 22 and 23, 2018
(2-d work will be exhibited until March 17)
 
The Lower School Art Show is a time for children to share with the wider LREI community the results of dynamic experiences they've had with materials in art, shop and early childhood classrooms. By using their fingers and hands, children shape materials to express their thinking. They feel the textures of collage fabrics, the “gooeyness” of paper maché, the plasticity of clay and the resistance of wood. Getting an idea, using one's imagination, problem solving, flexibility when faced with a "mistake" and delight when something comes out exactly the way one wants it are integral to the art process.
 
The paintings, collages, drawings, 3-d paper mâché sculptures and puppets, wooden chests and wooden spoons, animals and flora of Manahatta in paper mâché and models of early 20th century immigrants living on the Lower East Side created by the Fours to the Fourth Grade exhibited in the Lower School Art Show reflect our belief that art making for children is a visual expression of their thinking and feeling. The artworks are both individual and collaborative. Labels describing the works are written or dictated by the children. Questions that motivate the artworks are included.

During the Lower School Art Show, children come in class or buddy groups to look at and discuss the artworks. "Museum Guides" will speak about a class exhibit and answer questions. At the end of the visit one class may sit down and respond to the other class's work or talk about what they noticed in the art show.
At each age the artworks the children create express their unique visual response to their world. The Lower School Art Show celebrates this.
 
We invite everyone to come and enjoy the Lower School Art Show.
 
P.S. Each time your child brings home art from school you have the opportunity to enjoy your own child’s art show. How you talk with your child about their work can impact the experience for both of you. For ideas about how to initiate conversation about your child's artwork, download, "How to Talk With Children About Their Art Work."
 
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Valentine’s Day Policy
 
LREI does not celebrate Valentine’s Day with students exchanging cards at school. Some classes will be expressing appreciation to the many support staff who work behind the scenes at school. Some teachers may mention the holiday in class, read a story and/or do a craft project. In this way, we’re able to avoid the hurt feelings that arise as cards are swapped, dropped, and misplaced during a school day, and to maintain the day’s curricular momentum. If your child would like to give Valentines to classmates, please do help them to send them by U.S. Post as this is a good alternative. We ask that you do not place cards in cubbies as a way to send them.
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