Thursday, October 30, 2014

AHS Theater Students Perform "Folk Tales Far and Wide"

The Asheville High School theatre teacher, Mrs. C.J. Breland, brought her Theatre II class acting students to Claxton on Wednesday, October 22nd to share their talents in a dramatic production of folk tales that they adapted for the stage. This is a yearly tradition that gives the high school students a chance to hone their skills and brings a fun performing arts experience to Claxton students.  

The show included:

a Chinese folk tale, “Tikki Tikki Tembo”

a Korean tale, “What We Plant, We Will Eat” 

and one of the Grimms’ tales, “The White Snake.” 

Mrs. Breland spoke to Claxton kindergarteners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders  about the acting process and her students’ work in preparing the show and how to be a polite and appreciative audience.  The students enjoyed the assembly with much laughter and curiosity.

The AHS actors also used some of the puppets that were created during a residency at the high school with Hobey Ford last spring for some of the animals in the stories. Claxton teachers got a chance to feel nostalgic (and old!) when we saw three former Claxton students on stage with the AHS troupe, looking very grown-up!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Congratulations Arts Grants Recipients!

It's early in the school year, but already SIX Claxton teachers have been awarded grants from the Asheville City Schools Foundation to support a classroom residency by a local artist!

In the spirit of our newest students, we'll count them out:


During the summer, Media Specialist Jamie Allbach received a TAPAS Legacy Grant that allowed weaver Audra Holden to work with the Summer Escape students on the garden looms in Claxton's Art Garden.


Art Specialist James Cassara has received a TAPAS Legacy Grant to have a mural artist work with the fourth graders to add representations of Cherokee culture and history to the North Carolina History mural in the Art Garden.


Kindergarten teacher Christine Jones has been awarded a TAPAS grant so that mosaic artist Holly deSaillan can work with her students using art to help them recognize shapes and spatial relationships.  During her residency, entitled "The Shape of What I See," kindergarteners will create shapes-centered designs using colored pencils, translate their designs onto clay tiles, glaze the tiles, and write poems describing what they've created.


Second grade teacher Justin Williams received a TAPAS grant for poet Meggen Lyon to visit his classroom in the spring.  In her Investigative Poetry residency, students will write poems in the styles of various poets and then choose one of their pieces to polish and present in a poetry performance.


Music Specialist Brooks Butler has once again been awarded a grant so that Dave Hamilton of the Bob Moog Foundation can work with fifth graders on a spring residency in Student Creativity and Music Recording.


Let's not forget the digital arts!  Instructional Technology Facilitator Kimberly Eggett received a grant for Teaching Programming through Robots from the Foundation as well.

Add these grants to the Racial Equity grant to sponsor a Racial Equity Team and training for all faculty and staff, and Claxton has received over $10,000 in grant money from the Asheville City Schools Foundation this school year.

We are so deeply grateful to the Foundation for all they do for Claxton and all of the Asheville City Schools.  Don't forget to support them as thanks for the many ways in which they support us!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our 2014-2015 Arts Calendar Is Up!

Curious about arts events and performances taking place at Claxton?  Take a look at our Events Page and see what's scheduled ... so far.  We expect to be adding more arts-integration opportunities for our students all the time, so check back!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Bricks Are Here!

The A+ Committee is excited to announce that the engraved bricks many of you ordered last spring have arrived!  We're looking forward to seeing them placed right in front of the school, on the path leading to the Art Garden.

You can still buy a brick for your family, student, business, or loved one.  The money goes directly to support arts integration and to creating more permanent installations of children's art on the Claxton campus.  Support Claxton with a tax deductible donation of $100 and leave a legacy on the school grounds.

Order online here.

Our student artists thank you!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrating International Dot Day with Fine Arts, Digital Arts, and Literacy

Our Media Specialist, Jamie Allbach, took advantage of International Dot Day, September 15, to introduce the students to a new dimension of arts-integration—adding digital arts into the mix.

First, she read The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds to individual classrooms.

Next, students used colored pencils to decorate their own dots.

Finally, out came the iPads.  Using a 3-D coloring app called colAR, students held the iPad over their own dot creations and turned them into 3-dimensional works of art.  

Check out how excited these kindergarteners are!

Thank you, Ms. Allbach, for using arts integration to get Claxton students excited about literacy!