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GREAT MONDAY, EVERYBODY!

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Lots to report today;

We are on a roll !

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Got started this morning with a gust of Lori 16mm, who came by to create marvelous
stenciled artistic creations on clothing,
filling up the reserves for 3 weeks from now when the Art-Hungry Populace comes to Ye Olde
Junk-a-Thon!

With finesse and furious pizazze, she filled up one+ clothesline with wearable art.  Chad and I made some, too.

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Then, with batch #1 drying, spray paint cans were removed and additional supplies were found in preparation for the kids’ Art Class.

Not long after school let out across the street, Patrick, Marina, and Jennifer showed up to learn how to make Stencil Art!  I demonstrated the process, from finding a surface/cloth, to choosing a stencil or a flattish object, to applying paint, and hanging to dry.  Marina and Jennifer worked nonstop for an hour on all sorts of colorful designs; Patrick made a new stencil, of the letter “P”, with the help of Chad, who also took these photos:

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So, pretty good format for a day.  Maybe we can get someone to come help do screenprinting on another Monday?

If not that, we’ll definitely be at work again next Monday, perhaps on the first mortar-and-object collage.

And Saturdays!  The Quilt-Sewing gatherings must start!  I think Saturday afternoon might be a good time for me (or maaaybe Monday nights).  We’ll just get together, share our sewing skills, design a quilt, work on individual picture-squares, and put it all together.  We don’t have to meet every Saturday, just when people don’t have better things to do.

Sundays are our great Clean-up days.  I didn’t get pictures, but there was some fun Boy Scouting type of activities yesterday, as Jeremiah, Patrick and Brer-John explored into the thickets of the backyard and learned about some of the differences between live plants and dead ones.  There just might be a garden sprouting up soon!

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Quilt story

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Who wants to learn how to sew?  Who already knows how to sew and wants to help make a quilt by meeting weekly or almost weekly?  I have materials!  And a re-arranged living room that would be a great meeting place.  Let’s make a Visions for the Future quilt!


Progress Report

    progressreportSaturday was scheduled to be the day for an art lesson with Marina and Patrick.  We are working on a banner, so we are studying the essentials of good sign-making, as well as practicing “loose”, “from the arm” control of the pencil. (So you can write BIG as well as small.  Focusing on the whole shape.)  Next week I plan to incorporate some “text in the environment” photos from library books; we will keep expanding our minds about SHAPES!

      Meanwhile, the shapes in my brain have been moving and clarifying… With accompanying words to describe them!  Stay posted for a new page, called “School Without Walls -> Recycling Arts Center -> Good Building : THE PLAN“.  I am creating a time-line of Vision: sub-visions.

      • Things that I want to happen really soon:  Quilting bee / sewing circle and  Quickrete/mortar/rock/mosaic action and Plants!

      Awards Ceremony

      On Sunday, February 8th, we had the very first Backyard Assembly.  On the agenda was 1) Muffins, 2) Awards Ceremony, and 3) Announcement of Intentions.

      Marina and Patrick were awarded the Young Scientists Award, for successful plant growing and creative use of materials.*  Molly and Twyla were awarded the Art + Heart award for loving animals, finding good things to collect, and making art every day.  (Molly accepted the award for both of them since Twyla had the flu.)

      The intentions that were announced were: 1)  I am planning to start a school without walls.  I will be outside cleaning the grounds on Sunday mornings for sure (other days randomly, like Wednesdays) and weekly meetings will be held Sundays after noon.  I can guarantee a fun activity or workshop going on every other Saturday, starting the 21st of Feb. !  2)  I requested the assistance of Marina and Patrick in helping to make our environment healthier.  3) I gave an Emancipet calendar to Molly & Twyla, so that they may start to comprehend time a little bit, and help me plan stuff when I am with them on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

      Patrick wanted to know:  “Is the school going to have vending machines?”  Good question!  Even better, we’re going to have a garden!  Fresh snap peas taste like pure sugar.

      Linda Kelsey-Jones officiated over the ceremony, Chad Hopper took photos, Zoe Rose glowed, and Chips Guthrie tried to get the muffins.

      *I have a picture here that is proof of Marina and Patrick (and Jennifer) ‘s “creative use of materials”.

      Look at this playground they made!

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      the School

      Did you know that my dream is to have my home environment be a place of community, sharing, working together and making art?

      I’m going to start masonry-ing my yards, making curved paths and designs to eventually “hold” garden plots.  Kale! Chard! carrots?!  Fresh veggies and herbals to juice!

      Eventually we can have a Tool Library (in the shed; people can sign up to borrow the key/tools).     And a Quiet Parade club.  Neighborhood Trash-picking / Recycled art workshops.  Mask-making that leads up to a dramatic outdoor production / performance.

      This time of economic change / values shift / Saturn-Uranus opposition is great for claiming ALL the freedom that you are able to use responsibly.
      I’ve been quietly observing my own small downsizing (the recession can be less brutal to someone  who’s already been living on the margins/outskirts of the economy; I’ve been underemployed and under-the-table employed with cheap rent for  the last 5 years), and making squeaking baby steps, “er! er!”, towards becoming what I have come to believe I CAN/MUST be.  One step is this blog — I am writing, and making public my intentions. So,

      It’s Official!  Expect a photo of the GOOD BUILDING, and more details, soon.