Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr art+yoga workshop

I can't think of a better way to summarize our entire day yesterday than by the above illustration, spontaneously drawn by a student.

In addition to all the ways we play with Marnie during yoga, yesterday we practiced tapping into our own wisdom and power.  We were provided a tool we can use (the "I am happy! I am good!" song) in the midst of adversity. We learned the Long Time Sun Shine song and sang this song three times at the close of class: once as a blessing upon ourselves, once as a blessing upon another and once as a blessing upon all of humanity.

Our "I have a dream" t shirts were dry enough to wear after our outside time.
The particular fabric paint recommends the t shirts be washed and dried independently from other clothing the first time around.

Once the "snow mountain" was in sight, there were squeals of delight.  This is a place on the MCAD campus where all the plowed snow gets dumped over the course of the winter.

Students did a lot of writing and tracing yesterday on the subjects of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou.  For our afternoon lesson, we practiced tracing our hand and other students' hands, making sure to represent different skin tones while painting.

On this day in particular, it is a tradition to read many books over the course of the afternoon.  In addition to what is still my favorite children's book on Martin Luther King ( Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. ), we read:

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz - I cannot recommend this book enough (beautiful descriptive words for all the shades of brown)
I Walk With Vanessa, A story about a simple act of kindness by Karascoet- an endearing picture book from our study last year that I decided to bring back due to the significant impression it made
Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester- always on the bookshelf
My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman and Edna Kaban- love this too
Skin Again by Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka
Under My Hijab by Hena Kahn and Aaliya Jaleel - I love the conversation this book prompted yesterday!
We Came To America by Faith Riggold- another "HIGHLY recommend"

If you are interested in a thorough summary/discussion regarding some of the books we read last year, visit THIS LINK

It's that time of year again!  Time to put this workshop on the books!

In addition to art making, our favorite MLK, Jr music, books and (hopefully) an outside adventure in snow,Marnie has happily agreed to teach late morning yoga.

Please send your child to class with a mid morning snack and lunch.  Afternoon snack will be provided.

I would love to make "DREAM" t shirts again.  
After registration, please send your child's t shirt size as well as any (updated) emergency contact info

Monday, January 20, 8:30am - 4pm,  $95

Thank you! 

See THIS LINK to read a class summary from
last year's MLK, Jr. workshop

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