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

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

Food For Thought 2016

Food for Thought is an Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation wellness education program made possible by a grant from The Balm Foundation. Meghan Cereola’s 5th and 6th grade health classes at Springs Elementary School (East Hampton NY) learned how to make healthy snacks with nutrition experts, Susan Blacklocke and Kate Rabinowitz. They used seeds, dried fruit, cacao powder and local honey to make homemade power bars.  They created original labels and packaged their snacks using environmentally friendly containers.

2015 Springs School Mural Project

Five East Hampton High School students returned to Springs School to design and paint a mural that merged the music and art room together.  The project is supervised by Foundation director Kate Rabinowitz and art teacher Colleen Mcgowen.

The students have spent many hours in the afternoons and weekends painting scenes of nature and musical symbols and events.

Springs School Muralsprings mural 20150624

2015 Poetry Bookmaking Workshop with Megan Chaskey

For two weeks at Springs School in East Hampton, Megan Chaskey worked with thirty 8th Graders to write and edit personal poems.  Each student created a hand-bound art book of their original poetry using fabrics and artboard.  The students’ finished works of book art will be presented at a poetry reading in May.

Poetry writing:

  1. Exploring the vital elements of poems, starting with expressive and interesting words, metaphor, sound and sense. Exploring how we express feeling, understanding and even narrative in poems.
  2. Beginning with listening to a few great examples of poetry, we move into writing a group poem as a way to explore the process of writing poems.
  3. Witnessing each other’s poems with supportive, constructive comments, reinforcing how to really notice what makes a poem work.
  4. Polishing poems into their final form.

Bookmaking:

  1. The body of the book — collating the poems either as handwritten pages or printed as documents in the correct layout including any images the students would like to include.
  2. Creating the books — Sewing the pages together; covering the book with fabric; inserting the pages into the cover.

Springs Yoga Classes Begin in P.E.

In November Springs School announced the start of yoga classes as part of Physical Education on its web site (springsschool.org) :

“The Springs School Physical Education program launched yoga classes this week for grades kindergarten, second, third, fourth, and sixth. The yoga program is funded by the Anna Lytton Foundation for Arts and Wellness. A certified yoga instructor, Linda Muse, will teach yoga to P.E. classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next few weeks. “Students were engaged and had so much fun practicing different poses and learning about balance and relaxation,” said P.E. teacher John Foster.

Anna Lytton, a former Springs School student, was tragically killed two summers ago in a bicycling accident in East Hampton while riding to her summer job. To honor Anna’s passion for the arts, her family established the Anna M. Lytton Foundation for Arts and Wellness, to be dedicated to enriching arts and wellness for the young, including these classes at Springs School. Contributions may be addressed to the Anna M. Lytton Foundation, P.O. Box 625, Amagansett, NY 11930.”