Thursday, January 7, 2016

Welcome to WES’s new art and music program blog!

Happy 2016, WES families!

Welcome to WES’s new art and music program blog!

 The weeks between our 2015 Thanksgiving break and our December holiday break were busy with combined art shows and lower primary grade concerts. I was firing the kiln everyday, getting work from all grades ready to go home for the holidays. This post will highlight the work of 5th and 6th graders during that time. 

For several weeks, students took turns reading lines of Langston Hughes’s poem, “Hold Fast to Dreams,” and then they focused on a dream of their own. The students had the option of adding strong wings to their clay sculptures to signify that it represented a dream that is alive and well.


Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow. 

~Langston Hughes

Their dream could be one they hoped to accomplish in the next year or in their lifetime. A student who hopes to be a lawyer made a slightly open briefcase sitting on a table. Other sculptures represented soccer stars, Olympic Gold Medalists, a zookeeper and a judge. One student made a clay replica of his band instrument, the flute, and two others made replicas of places they hope to visit soon, the Guggenheim Museum and New York City. The craftsmanship on many of the pieces was exceptional. If these students apply the same patience and determination in attaining their dreams as they have done in executing their artwork, they are well on their way!

~Mrs. Klassen-Landis, ART