6th Grade Kuba Tribe Masks
For Social Studies, 6th grade students are finishing a unit on Africa with Mrs. Obuchowski. For their cultural extension unit in CLIC, we are learning about the masks of the Congo Kuba tribe.These masks are rich in ceremonial meaning and show stature of each family member of the tribe. Creating these masks brings up great discussions on what the patterns and materials mean as well as the tradiitions and ceremonies of the Kuba tribe in comparison to our culture. Some things are different, but some things are similar. It seems foreign to once use cowry shells as currency, but then again what is a piece of paper marked with ink? Art is a great way to travel to a culture or place we may never get to go to. Understanding people who are different from ourselves brings respect and acceptance of all cultures. We have so much to learn from each other!
PI have begun olar Express Show at Steward School
All aboard! This year, I will working at Steward School doing the Production Design (costumes, props, stage lighting, and sound) for the musical shows at Steward School. I absolutely love collaborating with music teacher, Ms. Swanson. The Polar Express production was magical for the children and adults alike. Mrs. Swanson did a fabulous job of bringing the Polar Express to life and for including every child. They were so excited and engaged in the entire show. I forgot how much fun this age group can be. Seeing Dr. Creeden on stage in costume showed how awesome an educator and administrator he truly is. CLIC would not exist if it were not for his initial embracing the idea of adding this strangely undefined creative program to the Topsfield Schools.