A Week to Celebrate the Arts

Arts Week was chockablock with creative fun for Middle School, with activities including an art scavenger hunt, a nature walk and art installation a la Andy Goldsworthy, and sidewalk chalk mandalas. This was only the beginning. Students then learned a dance from the Philippines with Christine Healy, made sun prints, rock paintings, air-dried clay pendants, origami, played in drum circles, and rounded out their deep art dive with improv exercises and other theater games.

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Lower School adapted with aplomb to the continuing pandemic-imposed constraints. Wrote LS Art Teacher Mary Ferris, “The day was created for this unusual school year where we didn’t celebrate the arts with concerts, musicals, art shows, and field trips. The Lower School special teachers taught from carts to abide by Covid protocols, but this was still one day where we could celebrate the arts for an entire day. The outside tents, the playground, Eric’s Arena, the new sidewalks by Gardner Theatre and the lawn areas provided the stations we needed for an art and musical festival experience for the LS students. The added treat of the Penny’s ice cream truck provided a very welcome cool treat to beat the heat.” Individual activities included Goytaku printmaking, constructing rainsticks, and bucket drumming, to name just a few.

In Upper School, Greg Woodbridge conducted the orchestra and accompanied smaller choir performances, including selections from “Hamilton.” In addition, the jazz band grooved in the midday sun outside the library, its jazziness making everyone listening at least 20 percent more comfortable by virtue of its coolness.