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Hammered copper round 2…

…at the Ashley Bryan School. On Wednesday I went back for the follow up art class to work with the older students  (grades 4 through 8) to finish the pendants and charm necklaces they started 2 weeks ago. Before we got back to work I showed them an article I found, in a past Ornament magazine, about the American sculptor Alexander Calder .

The students gave a very satisfying “Ahhhh” of recognition between Calder’s pieces and the hammered wire spirals and wire wrapped pieces they were making. Technique and art appreciation rolled into one afternoon. Yes!

Everyone was happy with their work. You can’t ask for much more than that!

My participation in the class was the result of a request from Meg, one of the two 8th grade students. Thank you for asking, Meg. I had a really great time!

One of Meg’s finished pieces:

Instead of saying “cheese!” I asked the students to say…”Alexander Calder!”

Halfway through the afternoon, the older students switched rooms with the younger group, who had been in music class. These specials take place every Wednesday afternoon at the Ashley Bryan School on Islesford. This time I stayed to do a beaded elastic bracelet project with the younger students. (grades K through 3)

Serious workers! And beautiful results!

Our two-room island elementary school is the same school my husband attended as a child, and his father attended as a child. Our sons, now age 29, attended this school as well.  It is a pretty special school in a pretty special place. I never take living here for granted.


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A B stands for…

… Ashley Bryan! He is a part of everyone’s island family, an artist, a teacher, a children’s book author and illustrator, a poet, a lifelong learner, a traveler, a speaker, and the most energetic person I know.

When the Islesford School students started talking about the possibility of changing the name of their school to the Ashley Bryan Elementary School, the idea went to the selectmen who put it on the warrant for Town Meeting. The article passed after a most heartfelt period of discussion in favor of the idea.

Today, the students at the Ashley Bryan School invited him over for a little party to show him their ideas for new signs.


He looks pretty pleased!


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