This past week we had the honor of hosting the Fossick Project at Lincoln School. The creators of Fossick, Marta del Grandi and Cecilia Valagussa, worked with our Grade 4 and Grade 5 students to create a smaller version of their visual and audio performance.
The Fossick Project aims to produce artistic performances about the relationship between man and nature
to suggest a reflection on environmental issues and raise awareness around urgent causes. Illustrator Cecilia Valagussa and singer-songwriter Marta del Grandi, the workshop facilitators, met in Belgium in 2013,
while attending their Master studies at the School of Arts. Their collaboration is based on a mutual inspiration and on a common talent for storytelling. Here are two samples of their work. A Journey Into the World and Swim to Me.
Cecilia applies an analogical approach to create a live animation, by using an overhead projector on which she places different materials like flour, leaves, everyday things, and handmade props. She uses many techniques such as cut-out, drawing, and etching. Marta’s voice, unique for its versatility and endless shades, moves effortlessly on the compositions that she writes with samples, synthesizers and acoustic instruments
on Ableton Live.
Their workshop focused on storytelling with sounds and images and challenged the students to free their creativity, imagination, and use their knowledge in a practical way. The theme was wildlife conservation and the relationship between man and the earth beneath.
Students were asked to write a story collectively, collect sound samples, write melodies and lyrics, draw characters, their environment and define their interaction. The workshop ended with a little performance.
Our students set their focus on endangered animals in Nepal.
Day 1 – Research and Sketching
Day 2 – Songwriting Starts
Day 3 – Adding Movement to Animals and Orchestration to the Song
Day 4 – Finishing Animals and Rehearsing Song Memorized
Day 5 – Performance!
It’s a wrap on A Martian Christmas! Check out the video for a behind the scenes look at the work that went into the performance!
A giant thank you to everyone that made the show such a success!
The martian’s landed at Lincoln’s Globe Theater on Wednesday night for a wonderful evening of music and performance, where each Elementary School student had a part to play and a song to sing. By the end of the event all was well; the theater had been turned into a space of Christmas cheer, love and laughter, as we sang, This is the time of year for love and peace. Congratulations to all who made this happen!
David Neilsen Chats with Us About His Latest Book Beyond the Doors
The students of Grade Five settled in on the carpet at the front of our room this morning in anticipation of speaking with David Neilsen, the author of the read aloud we just finished, Beyond the Doors. The students were itching to ask him questions about the story, his life as an author, and advice for young readers and writers. Very animated at times, David enthusiastically answered our questions and he and Mr. Curtis even swapped their impersonations of Dimitri, a Slavic character from the novel. He even gave us some book recommendations for those that love his work and spooky stories! Thanks again, David!
In Grade 5 music we have been learning about folk music and protest music. To culminate our unit, we embarked on a creative journey to write our own protest song. Last week we traveled to the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory to professionally record our product.
The song will be available for purchase at the Back to School Picnic on September 29th. All proceeds from our song will be given to the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center (KAT Center).
Below are some photos and a video from that field trip!
In the mixing room, listening back to the song!
In the studio checking the microphones! Getting ready to record!
Learning about the mixing board in the sound room!
On September 14th, the Class of 2019 participated in reading activities with students from Primary One in their first class buddy pairing. P1 students, who have been working on their story telling skills, shared their version of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” with original puppets they made to help tell the story. Next, the seniors read a story selected by each P1 student. Finally, the buddies took part in a STEAM activity in which they built a raft together out of straws and pipe cleaners. The object of the raft was to see if it could be built to hold a small plastic teddy bear. Buddies tested their designs in the new P1 water table to see if the rafts would float. The day was a great experience and success on many levels, and something both the seniors and Primary One students are looking forward to doing again.
Elementary students and staff were cheering along to the High School Pep Band at the Monday morning assembly this week. Go Snow Leopards!