Did you know Cori and Cassi attend a charter school? Its curriculum is based on art and science. Everything they do is interconnected with art especially, as well as science.
It is a wonderful place and I believe it is the right place for my girls. Several times a year an 'Artist in Residence' comes to visit. Two years ago the school did a study on creating art from all things natural that can be washed away back into nature safely.
I loved the lessons and they obviously made a huge difference in the girls' lives.
As I mentioned before, we have just this summer, joined the unplugged train. It has been really fun and has really given me reason to think about things and the kids too. I tell them the theme of the week and ideas generally flow like a geyser. In fact there is not a chance we could ever do all they think of.
I hope you all don't get discouraged by my many beach pictures however I had to share these.
It was an unusually warm day on Thursday so I packed up the kids and took the long trek out to the end of the road for an evening at the beach.
It was evident how warm (I mean hot) it was because it was actually crowded. I should have though to take a wide angle shot of all the folks milling about but...well, next time. And for those of you who haven't a clue what the weather is like here in Alaska, it's often cold. Ha. Actually summers can be wonderful but this summer has been a cold one. The weather has been cool and wet so, on hot days we are out of here!
I packed a bit of firewood, some hot dogs, grapes and chips, told the kids to grab their own drink and away we went. Grandpa met us out there for our lazy dinner. It was very relaxing and the kids all spread out to do their own thing. At times they were collecting, then working on "Big Momma's House' and then to my delight, I noticed Cori quietly off away from the other working diligently on something,
I snuck up on her and this is what I found. I want to make a photo collage out of these photos. Maybe she will find a career in her creativity. (OK, maybe my dream for her.) I know the image is simple but her process was wonderful.
She explained that she first made her canvas with the mud. She was certain it had to be smooth.
When I started taking closer photos she quickly urged me to be careful so as not to break her "tools".
Being the best friend that she is, Alli came over and gave her the grape stems and told her she was contributing to her 'masterpiece'.
Lastly, Cori explained that she hadn't forgotten to sign her work.
So, our contribution to getting unplugged was to get away, way away (The end of the road is a good 30 miles out for us) for a quick jaunt that turned into an art filled evening.
Now the other two were unplugged too, lest you be worried. Cassi had Grandpa feeding her grapes like she was a Queen
and Cali, well she stays unplugged most of the time.