Field Trip to

    LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    10:00 am--1:00 pm


    This year, ESOL students 1st--4th grade, Ms Jones' art students (3rd grade green group) and Ms Iacobelli's 4th grade music students went to LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts to learn about Japanese tea ceremony (chado), ink painting (sumi-e), making rice balls (onigiri) and folk dancing (Bon Odori). Mrs Michiko Tanaka and her colleagues demonstrated the tea ceremony for students and parents. Students were able to drink tea out of their own hand-made tea bowls (chawan). Ms Ann Kozeliski, director of LeMoyne taught students how to do Asian-style ink painting. Students practiced making bamboo images. FSU volunteers taught the music students on how to make onigiris and how to perform the Bon Odori. During the spring semester, students had been studying about Japanese art, history and music.

    In February, students listened to Ms Sally Crayton's lecture on Japanese ceramics. They were able to view and handle various artifacts. Afterwards, they created their own tea bowls using clay. Ms Crayton assisted students with their project. Students also listened to a Japanese art history lecture by Ms Diane Maxwell. They learned about various artists such as Hiroshige and Utamaro.

    In March, students' artwork of carp windsock (koi nobori), tea bowls (chawan) and lucky cat sculptures (maneki neko) were exhibited at the downtown public library during Youth Art Month.

    During April and May, ESOL students read two fictional stories: A Carp for Kimiko by Virginia Kroll and The Last Kappa of Old Japan by Sunny Seki. Students learned to summarize what they had read orally and in writing. They also illustrated their summaries.

    Many thanks to the following parents who chaperoned during our field trip: Ms Morales, Ms Hernandez, Ms Perez, Ms Rodriguez, Mr and Mrs Liu, Ms Salazar, Ms Nie, and Mr and Mrs Bidorn!

    This project was funded by the LCS Foundation mini-grant and the Target Field Trip grant.