Friday, February 25, 2011

A Picasso Girl in a Van Gogh World

Lovely Picasso Girl sits under a "Starry Night" extending
down the hallways at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School
My trip to Reading-Fleming Intermediate School on Wednesday to tape the "Mural Club" story for Classroom Close-up, NJ marked a first for me. It was the first time since I started working on the show that I'd been back to a school I had visited for a previous episode. I was at Reading-Fleming last season to the tape the "Guitar Program" for show 9. (Wait, can a second be a first?)

Anyway, one of the first things you learn about making television is that sometimes it's better to show than to tell. So rather than go on and on about how art teachers like Cate Sewall have built a stellar interdisciplinary approach to art instruction that also teaches team building and group project skills (I'll save that for the actual episode premiering on May 2), here are some of the awesome murals the fifth and sixth graders at the school are creating.

A gnome sits among the flowers in the mural near the doors to the Garden Club
Our solar system, a work in progress near the science classrooms.
Jupiter and Saturn are just around the corner.
A pirate ship will be part of the newest mural about the oceans.
Students do research and sketches prior to "getting on the wall" to
ensure their undersea dwellers are scientifically accurate.

Cool stuff. Let's hope they don't run out of walls anytime soon.