Thursday, April 14, 2016

Asheville Then and Now ... An Artist Residency

Claxton fourth graders have been working with TAPAS artist Leslie Rosenberg on a special project—creating wood panels that will be displayed at Avenue M restaurant on Merrimon Avenue!

Working in their art time with Mr. Cassara, students identified important people from and aspects of Asheville in several categories, such as sports, arts, and civics. They worked together to create designs that Ms. Rosenberg then translated to the large wood panels.

Students are now working collaboratively to paint the panels and add pieces to create relief (three dimensions).

This project called on fourth graders to identify important people and events from Asheville's history, articulate whey they should be included on the panels, figure out how to visually depict them, and work both collaboratively and independently. As always, Mr. Cassara has demonstrated a knack for amazing arts integration!

This is Ms. Rosenberg's second residency at Claxton, and we are thrilled to have her back. An artist and educator who works in mixed media of wood and paint, she believes creativity is an essential element of health and education. Her work with Claxton students certainly demonstrates this belief! Visit her website to see her amazing art.

Many thanks to Ms. Rosenberg for her time and passion, Mr. Cassara for bringing her to Claxton and for all he does for our students, and Asheville City Schools Foundation for making the TAPAS program available.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

An Amazing Day with an Author

Children's author Jane Clarke visited Claxton on April 12 for a day full of poetry, puppets, and plans for more writing. It was her FIRST visit to a U.S. school on her tour!

Grades K through 2 joined her for an introduction of her new book, Who Woke the Baby?

Our lucky kids had a chance to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by the author!

To everyone's delight, she handed out puppets so the kids could act out the story. 

As they did so, they learned about the rhythms of poetry, performing in front of an audience, and how to really bring a story to life.

Ms. Clarke then worked with third graders on a poetry workshop. Students did a phenomenal job, and had so much fun!

Many thanks to Ms. Clarke for sharing her time with us, to our own Ms. Brown for making it happen, and to Spellbound Books for bringing Ms. Clarke to Asheville and giving Claxton students the opportunity to buy her book for signing!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Third Graders Get a Hip Hop Headucation

Our fabulous P.E. and drama teachers, Coach Swain and Ms. Rigsby, have teamed up to give Claxton third graders a fun, arts-integrated lesson in body movement, respect, and global awareness.

With the support of the Asheville City School Foundation's TAPAS program, they have brought performing artist Joseph Adams to Claxton for a two-week residency working with third graders during their P.E. and drama specialist time. Students are learning the moves and global community credo of Bgirling and Bboying (sometimes referred to as breakdancing).

Needless to say, the students are loving it!

Mr. Joe, who has been teaching Bgirling and Bboying since 2003, uses Hip Hop as a platform to encourage youth to become self-directed, self-motivated, and self-disciplined learners.  He focuses on empathy and the emotional and intellectual development of children. We're so fortunate to have him working with our students!

You can follow his Underdog Bboy/Bgirl Crew on Facebook.

Once again, we offer our deepest thanks to Asheville City Schools Foundation for making this residency possible. Their TAPAS program supports such amazing arts-integrated learning!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Congratulations to District Art Show Artists!

It's another great showing for Claxton artists at this year's ACS Annual Art Show.

From scarecrows to flowers to spaceships and sophisticated landscapes and line drawings, Claxton students showed off their art smarts and educated visitors about what arts integration looks like.

In his last ACS Art Show before his retirement,  Mr. Cassara reminded us of what a talented art teacher he is, and how much we're going to miss him.

The ACS Art Show runs through April 19th at the YMI Cultural Center at 39 South Market Street. Be sure to stop by and see just how amazing our student artists are! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Children's Author and Poet Jane Clarke to visit Claxton April 12 -- Preorder Her Book!

We are SO excited to announce that British children's author and poet Jane Clarke will be visiting Claxton on Tuesday, April 12 for a poetry writing workshop, reading, and poetry performance!

Clarke has written over 45 books for children, including Gilbert the Great 
and Stuck in the Mud.

 She's in town to help celebrate National Poetry Month, and will be appearing at Spellbound Children's Bookshop as well.

At Claxton, Clarke will meet with third grade students in the Media Center to kick off a poetry writing workshop before visiting with each third grade class individually to help students write and edit their own poems. We're planning to include a visit to the Art Garden for inspiration! (If the weather cooperates ...)

After the third graders' poetry writing workshop, there will be a special poetry performance for grades K through 2.

Claxton students can purchase Clarke's newest release, Who Woke the Baby? at 20% off the cover price, or $11.89 (including sales tax). Students who preorder will receive their book on Tuesday when she visits. They will also have a chance to purchase a copy at school that day—cash or check only please!

JANE CLARKE WILL SIGN ALL BOOKS PURCHASED! What a great inspiration for our young readers!

Preorder your copy by clicking here.

You can read more about Jane by visiting her website.

We're truly excited to have such a special author spend time with us as we celebrate our love of the written word during National Poetry Month! Our thanks to Spellbound Children's Bookshop for sharing this wonderful opportunity with us!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Visits Claxton with a Bilingual Performance

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre visited Claxton in a wonderful bilingual performance that brought together our special place as both an arts-integration school and the only school in the district providing Spanish language learning integrated into our daily curriculum.

Based on Arnold Lobel's book, "Fables," the dancers brought students stories of ostriches, hippos, camels in tutus, and other animals, all with great lessons for the rapt audience.

The performance also gave Claxton students a chance to learn about storytelling, dance, and cultures—all while having crucial time to listen to spoken Spanish. 

Many thanks to ACDT for the wonderful exposure to the arts and arts-integrated learning! And thanks to the Claxton PTO for funding this amazing program!


Getting ready for the performance!