This week, 4PA is working on a final project for our first novel, The Secret Garden. In the story, the central character, Mary, discovered a barren garden and worked with other key characters to bring it to life. While the garden was growing and changing, there were other things and characters that progressed from barren to splendor throughout the novel.
4PA students are working as artists, tasked with depicting the changes through symbolic art and meaningful quotes. Our portraits are nearly complete and will be available for viewing during open house in February!
Before winter break, students had the opportunity to study a few works by artist M.C. Escher. We began by viewing the woodcutbelow entitled Night and Day.
This week, we have been exploring a text by author/illustrator David Wiesner entitled Free Fall. In this wordless picture book, a boy's dream transforms ordinary objects into an adventure. Wiesner uses ideas and images that are similar to Escher's work - including tessellations and evidence of change. An interesting feature of the text is that the pictures were created end to end as one continuous mural (like Escher's Metamorphose). You're welcome to view the text by clicking the video below: