Monday, March 31, 2014

Second Graders' Garden Looms Make the Art Garden Bloom

What's happening here?

The second graders are at work in the Art Garden.  Here, Ms. Adams' class shows off their knowledge of the life cycle of butterflies.

Keep your eyes peeled as the other grades start installing their projects!

To be a part of the Garden yourself,  buy an engraved brickKids, family members, favorite teachers, businesses—honor any or all of them ... and Watch Our Garden Grow!

Friday, March 28, 2014

WLOS Visits Claxton to Share the News of the Art Garden

Look who was at Claxton on Thursday!

WLOS's Tammy Watford spoke with kindergarteners working on their paving stones for the Art Garden and caught resident artist extraordinaire Ginger Huebner in action.

We'll be sure to let you know when it runs!

In the meantime, to support the Art Garden—and be a part of the engraved brick pathway that will be a part of the Garden along with the kindergarteners' seasonal weather pathway, click here and help our Garden grow!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Visit from Asheville Symphony Orchestra's Strings

On Friday, March 14, members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra strings section performed for Claxton's third through fifth graders.

Part of the ASO's "Music in the Schools" program, the presentation included a live musical performance, along with discussions about and demonstrations of various instruments.  The ASO also provides all fifth grade students the opportunity to see a Young People's Concert at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Our thanks to the ASO and its sponsors for educating Claxton students about the magic of music. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Notes from the Soul Brings Musical Outreach to Claxton

Notes from the Soul, a musical outreach group composed of student musicians from the Western North Carolina area, visited Claxton on Wednesday, March 19.

The assembly for all Claxton students introduced our kids to various instruments and walked them through different eras of western music, including Baroque (1600-1760), Classical (1730-1820), Romantic (1815-1910), 20th Century, Hip-Hop, and 21st Century.

The kids loved participating in the program, naming the instruments and eras, talking about changes that accompanied the eras, and listening to the music.

Notes from the Soul brings music to elementary school children and underprivileged groups in WNC. The group travels to elementary schools, government housing, and after-school programs, where they perform, talk to children about composers and styles, and give kids a chance to examine and try out the instruments.  They also run an instrument drive to provide instruments to children who could not otherwise afford them and partner with Keys for Kids, an organization that provides piano lessons for underprivileged children.

We are so thankful our students had the opportunity to work with Notes from the Soul.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Tree Grows -- in Mural Form -- on the Second Floor

Second and third grade students have been working with mural artist Ian Wilkinson to create an amazing mural in the second floor rotunda.

Funded by a grant from the NC Arts Council, Wilkinson worked with students to manifest a theme of nature and equality.  Students' handprints will serve as the leaves on a tree showing how we are all connected and how we celebrate our diversity.

Be sure to come by and see the amazing work of our students helping to make Claxton a unique school of the arts!  And, meanwhile, check out these pictures of our talented student artists at work.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Get Ready for Our Garden to Grow!

Check out these incredible renderings of our Children's Art Garden by Claxton dad and UNCA art professor Jackson Martin!

Our kindergarteners and fourth graders have already begun their residencies with local artists, and other grades are soon to follow.  

The artist residencies are funded by a generous grant from Asheville City Schools Foundation, but we need help funding the materials to create this amazing addition to Claxton and to the North Asheville community.  You can buy an engraved brick to support the Art Garden and become a permanent part of the project!