Hip Hop Headucation -- Breakdancing
Third graders are in for a treat with breakdance artist Joseph Adams. Mr. Joe has been teaching the art of Bgirling and Bboying (that's breakdancing to the uninitiated) since 2003. His aim is to teach students how to express themselves through movement, introduce them to Hip Hop culture, and instill them with pride and self-confidence.
Awesome work, Coach Swain, Ms. Rigsby, Ms. Hartman, Ms. Gregg, Ms. Webster, and Ms. Strain for bringing this great opportunity to Claxton!
Life Cyles and Puppetry
Second graders will learn about the life cycles of plants and animals through puppetry with TAPAS artist Lisa Sturz of Red Herring Puppets. She performs for schools and libraries, with orchestras, and even on film and television. She's been doing puppetry for over 30 years and has worked with Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Asheville Symphony, and many others.
Kudos to our second grade team—Ms. Wertheim, Ms. Morris, Ms. Henderson, and Mr. Williams—for a great residency idea!
Celebrating the History and Diversity of Asheville
TAPAS artist Leslie Rosenberg returns to Claxton (after a terrific residency with Ms. Gebhard's class last fall) to work with fourth graders on creating wood panels depicting the history and diversity of Asheville. The panels will become a permanent part of Claxton's arts campus!
Ms. Rosenberg has been teaching art since 2007 in such far-flung locales as Ghana, West Africa, and Juneau, Alaska. We're so lucky she's chosen to settle in Asheville, where she can share her talents with our kids!
Way to go, Mr. Cassara, Ms. Locke, Ms. Lotter, and Ms. Quinn!
Student Creativity and Music Recording Technology
Once again, Mr. Butler is bringing Dave Hamilton, recording technology artist and teacher extraordinaire, to Claxton to work with fifth graders. This residency, in which students record their own electronic music while learning the math and physics of sound, has become a much-anticipated tradition!
Hamilton explained his philosophy in a 2014 article in the Citizen-Times: For Dave Hamilton, music is a lesson on tape. “It’s the passing of oral history and played a huge role for me in understanding how to live better and how not to live,” said Hamilton, an Asheville musician, engineer and teacher. “People have done a lot of living before us and there are a lot of lessons in songs.” Check out his TEDx Asheville theremin and synth performance:
And of course we can't thank the Asheville City Schools Foundation enough for their support of the arts at Claxton—and for everything else they do! Show your support for their support!