Yesterday morning, on Day 2, we kids continued to write tirelessly about dreams - no pun intended :)
This time see some of our students "dreams for the world":
My dream for the world is that people will not litter.
I wish I could help people in cancer. I want to help my friend Miles end his cancer because he is very talented and he is the only one in the school that can do the splits and because he is only eight.
By Choochie (Naomi)
My dream for the world is that there is world peace because war is causing a bad influence on children and destroying the world. I also want global warming to stop so the animals in Antarctica will have a place to live. I also want the doctors to find a cure to AIDS, cancer and diabetes. I also want everyone in the world to be happy and no people to get discriminated against for their color or their size.
The following are some samples from our exercise designed to illuminate personality traits:
The glistening leaves shown on display by the old pine trees while I walked through the clan of trees taller than my wonders of how many trees there could be. I heard some rustling, then a quiet breeze and I saw a crack of sunlight escaping through the branches of the forest. The sunlight touched down on a small rocky path with dirt sprinkled on top of the rocky road. The path seemed to go on and on through the forest and out into the middle of nowhere. Suddenly I tripped and right in front of me I saw and old rusty key. I picked it up and stuffed it into my jean pocket.
It is a dark dense forest with big great green pine trees. It is misty and cold and the birds are no longer singing their melody. It smells of water because there are dewdrops on the blades of grass underneath your feet. Now the owls are waking and swooping around you, looking for mice! Now you follow an owl and it leads you to a path. The path is dirt and looks as if no one has used it for years. Weeds are sprouting up and there are puddles in the dirt making cold soft mud. It curves around the forest like a snake so you can no longer see it.
If I were in a forest I would hear birds, all different kinds of birds chirping. I would smell wet leaves and dry dirt. I would feel wet leaves and soft animals. I would see all different greens and different flowers, different animals. I found myself walking on a path. The path had big flat stones in the dirt. As I walked along, I wondered to myself: this path looks manmade. I wonder who made this path. Just then my eye fell upon something shiny. It was a key. The key didn’t look like a house key; it looked like an old fashioned key. I decided to pick it up.
Then, after lunch, we talked about Surrealism and how artists channel dreams and symbols. We looked at examples of a game surrealists played called "Exquisite Corpses" where one person draws a head, folds over the paper and passes it to the next person to draw a torso etc. We had a great time seeing the results of our group drawings and decided to draw another round! You'll see our results on Friday. For our next project we talked about symbols that the students used in a morning writing exercise and drew and painted a surrealist painting that included a key and a door. We cut out the door image so it "hinged" and tomorrow each student will draw or write something to put behind the door.
After a HOT Monday, all of us enjoyed the cool breeze on Tuesday and took a few breaks between projects for outside activity in the wonderful playground.