2020 Springs School 6th Grade Photography Project

Laura Marino:

It’s amazing what happens when children get behind the camera, even with limited structure and resources, they have produced some fabulous works.  Our Photography unit began 3 weeks ago, It will continue throughout this week and next.  Students are using a mix of technology to photograph from chromebooks, to ipads, DSLR to point and shoot.  I do hope that next year we can continue to photograph together.

Click here to view the students’ work: 202006 Marino 6th Grade Photo

See How You Feel – Native American Inspiration

Photography, Digital Art & Creative Writing Workshop

With Jeremy Dennis, Artist/Educator and Megan Chaskey, Poet
Hosted by Daniela Azzi, Art Teacher, Southampton High School

The assignment was to photograph each other and create a digital collage with a written response inspired by a Native American legend or myth. The students were given an introduction by Jeremy Dennis about Native American art, artifacts, myths and legends. Technical instruction about the cameras and photographic techniques was taught by Rameshwar Das and Jeremy Dennis. Poetry and the creative process taught by Megan Chasky, encouraged the students to express their ideas in a collage of words and images. Daniela Azzi facilitated the process by guiding the students through all phases of the workshop, providing computer access and excellent instruction with the digital tools.

Student Artwork:

Student Writings:

Fear spread like spilled water on people, the fear of the unknown future that he was telling, we chose then the option of change … change the air for water and legs for a tail, and leave the earth through the depths of the ocean but still coming back to admire where our home was.

In the sky there was an island, on the island there were sky people.

Sky, clouds, rain, water, ocean, sea animals; turtles & the birds fly high

Sky, clouds, island people

Sky, sun, trees, flowers, sweet smell

Sky, sun, flowers die, trees fall

Sky, moon, a woman falls 

Sky, moon, birds flies high and take the woman out of the sky

“Turtle’s back becomes sky woman’s home”

Mother of Haudenosaunee

We were crossing the field with Iktomi and Spider. While we were crossing the field we saw a rock in our way. We looked closely at the rock. I thought it was important so I put my blanket on the rock. I felt bad, the rock as covered with moss and a lot of cracks. Then it started to get really cold and started to rain so I wen’t yo the cave. I was very cold and my teeth clattered and I shivered. I wen’t to the rock to get my blanket. The rock didn’t give it back to me and started to go after me. I ran through the forest my friend left me behind. The rock chased me until the end of the forest and I got crushed.

I was wrong, I made a huge mistake. I shouldn’t have shot that arrow at the gods. I might die because of this.

I’ve made a huge mistake. I feel the cold water slowly capturing my feet under the ground.  I try to escape but the water is too fast. I use every last bit of my strength to climb the tallest trees and the tallest mountains. I finally reach the top, exhausted. I look up into the neverending sky and plea for mercy. Then the water finaly stopped rising. I had won.

Before the flame and the warmth of the sun, the Earth was a cold and awful place. Everything was cold and iced, the feeling of the touching the snow would send chill down my back. One day my people choose to send an animal to the heaven to ask for the fire and the warmth of the sun. I was chosen by my people to go to the heavens and retreat the flame. My journey was a long tiring flight. Once I arrived it was a beautiful place with flowers and roses, this was the first I have felt the warmth of sun, it felt astonishing how the rays of the sun felt. I was giving a magical pole to bring escort back to earth. On my way down the pole was heating up and soon became fire. I was entrusted by my people to bring the flame back to earth. The fire wrapped around me but I was not going to let go and let my people down. I crash landed and before my eyes closed I saw snow melting and the sun rising. When I woke up I saw my beautiful feather burned to ash. My voice changed to an awful deep chirp. Through all the pain, I saw my people happy feeling the warmth of the sun. My people celebrated and were thankful and grateful.

For you, maybe it won’t be a big deal

The world is losing love;

          For you, maybe it won’t be a big deal

Hearts are getting cold and people unhumble;

        For you, maybe it won’t be a big deal

He’s losing his fur, he’s cold, and he can’t control it;

     For you maybe it won’t be a big deal

Forests and people dying each day;

   For you it won’t be a big deal… until he wakes up and turns everything in a new beginning.

As I flew through the skies, I began to realize how big of a journey I had set myself upon. I could already feel myself becoming weaker as the altitude increased. but I had to endure, for I would be seen as heroic if I managed to return from my journey successfully, with the ember of an everlasting fire.

Featuring:
Southampton High School Students
Daniela Azzi, Art Teacher
Jeremy Dennis, Artist
Megan Chaskey, Poet

Video Production
Rameshwar Das
Kate Rabinowitz
Annemarie McCoy
Mike Lavin

Special thanks to
The Joy of Giving Something Foundation
Guild Hall Education Programming

Thanks for the Art Supplies

We just wanted to say thank you so very much for the wonderful art supplies you donated and disbursed to the Springs School students.

Our daughters absolutely loved them and have already put them to good use. Lindsey is 9 years old and is in 3rd Grade and Callie is 6 years old in 1st Grade. Thank you for bringing such smiles to their faces!

They absolutely love crafting, coloring and making art. We certainly have made lots of memories already during these crazy times and can’t wait to make more. It was incredibly generous of you to pass these along to our children and we are so grateful. We are strong and we will all get through this together.

Thank you again for your kindness, it did not go unnoticed. My girls put their new tools to use on this Thank You card they worked very hard on. They’d be honored if you shared it on your website. Have a lovely day and a wonderful Summer!

Warm Regards,
Nicole Grimes

2019 Art Day at The Watermill Center

Springs School at The Watermill Center : a laboratory for the arts and humanities, Robert Wilson, Artistic Director
A creative collaboration with The Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation

Seventy students rotated among a panoply of art workshops presented by a team of creative professionals and educators. The unique and inspiring Watermill Center – a laboratory of performance, galleries and grounds – was the perfect creative venue for the 6th Graders. Students took photographs, wrote poems, sketched in nature, shot video, wrote music, made sculptures, wove friendship bracelets and performed Maori poi dances. Then they had lunch!

Artists & their workshops

See how you feel Photography Workshop

Ceramics

  • Ruby Jackson

Ideas to Inspire Songwriting Workshop

Maori Poi Dancing

  • Susan Blacklocke
  • Erika Haberkorn

dance and t-shirt

Odes to Primitive Art

  • Irene Tully

Macramé weaving

  • Emily Watson

PainTIng & Drawing in Nature

  • Kate Rabinowitz
  • Jorie Latham

Shadow Drawing

  • Sara Faulkner

Video Storytelling

Springs School Staff & Teachers:

  • Debra winter, Superintendent
  • Eric Casale, Principal
  • George Rockwin
  • Danielle Hamilton
  • Laura Dunham
  • Laura Marino
  • Meghan Kelly
  • Raymond Wojtusiak
  • Alex DeHavenon
  • Benjamin Jones

The Watermill Center

  • Elka Rifkin, Watermill Center Director
  • Andrea Cote, Education Program Coordinator
  • Nixon Beltran, Center Manager
  • & staff

This program was in partnership with Springs School, East Hampton NY Sponsored by: The Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation & Springs Elementary School

Video Production: Annemarie McCoy & Mike Lavin

Abstract Expression for Middle School: Painting like de Kooning

A series of lessons on the art of Willem de Kooning, a Springs icon, by artist Janet Jennings, expanded students’ visual world as they learned about abstract composition, brushwork and line.  The students painted in color and in black and white, then photographed their paintings, and then reduced the photograph to an abstract composition within the original.  A representative sample of the pictures were reproduced and mounted on board for student art festivals at the local Guild Hall and the Parrish Art museums. 

Here’s a gallery of the students work:

See How You Feel: Photography 2017

In the Springs School art room, Colleen McGowen’s 6th grade class received four sessions each of learning the art of photography.  Built on the curriculum in the 5th grade, thanks to a grant from the Joy of Giving Something foundation, the students had some previous experience.  In the sessions this year, they were encouraged to work in partners, taking portraits of each other in certain scenarios, take still lifes in the classrooms, and landscapes in the outdoors.

Here is a gallery of their original photos:

2017 Art Day at The Watermill Center

Creative collaborations with Springs Elementary School
at  The Watermill Center

Sixty students rotated among a panoply of art workshops presented by a team of creative professionals and educators. The unique and inspiring Watermill Center – a laboratory of performance, galleries and grounds – was the perfect creative venue for the 6th Graders. Students took photographs, wrote poems, sketched in nature, shot video, recorded music, made sculptures, wove friendship bracelets and performed Maori poi dances. Then they had lunch!

Workshops & Teachers

See how you feel Photography Workshop

Tree of Life Clay Sculpture

  • Judy Duboff

Ideas to Inspire Songwriting Workshop

Maori Poi Dancing

  • Susan Blacklocke

Odes to Primitive Art

  • Irene Tully

Macramé weaving

Sketching in Nature

  • Karen Blandon

Video Storytelling

Springs Elementary School 6th Grade teachers:

  • Danielle Hamilton
  • Laura Dunham
  • Rob Walker
  • Ray Wotuziack
  • Colleen McGowan, Art Teacher
  • Angelina Modica, Music Teacher
  • Ben Jones, Music Teacher

Robert Wilson & The Watermill Center

  • Elka Rifkin, Watermill Center Director
  • Andrea Cote, Education Program Coordinator
  • Nixon Beltran, Center Manager
  • Deb Verhoff, Librarian

Made possible by generous grants from
Joy of Giving Something & The Balm Foundation.

Photo credit: Ellen Watson

See How You Feel – Quail Hill Farm

Photography project with a visit to Peconic Land Trust’s Quail Hill Farm

See How You Feel is a photography project to help young people inquire into the nature of seeing, stretch their point of view, and discover the emotion of creative experience. 5th graders from Springs School in East Hampton NY learned from professional photographers how to use cameras and experiment visually. The program concluded with a field shoot at an organic community farm. Students used up to date digital cameras thanks to a grant from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation.

Thanks to :

  • Scott Chaskey, Peconic Land Trust’ Quail Hill Farm Director, who introduced the community sponsored agriculture
  • Ellen Watson and Rameshwar Das, photographers, who developed the project lessons for the students
  • Walter Sanchez, photographer, who gave an exciting demonstration of aerial photography
  • Springs School 5th Grade teachers, Meghan Lydon, Tracey Frazier, Lindsay Thayer and Lucy Yardley who helped to record and compile the creative works.
  • Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation Board Members Kate Rabinowitz, Rameshwar Das who guided the project


Poetry & Photography 2016

See How You Feel

Poetry & photography workshop presented at The Nature Conservancy Warhol Preserve, Montauk NY

Fifth grade students from Springs School, East Hampton NY explored the extraordinary shoreline environment of Montauk. They documented their experience with poems, sketches and photos.

Thanks to :

  • Paul D’Andrea, Nature Conservancy Steward who introduced the geology and natural habitat
  • Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation Board Members Kate Rabinowitz,  Rameshwar Das and Irene Tully (retired Springs School teacher) who guided drawing, photography and writing exercises
  • Springs School 5th Grade teachers, Meghan Lydon, Tracey Frazier and Lindsay Thayer who helped to record and compile the creative works.

Poetry – Books 2016

Poet, artist and bookbinder extraordinaire, Megan Chaskey, worked with Coleen McGowan’s 3rd grade art students at Springs School in East Hampton, NY. They created hand-made books of their original poems. Megan guided students with poetry instruction and showed them how to handprint their words with rubber stamps, then assembled their books with accordion folding or hand sewn binding.  Cover materials were handmade wallpaper donated by Elizabeth Dow.