WELCOME TO THE OAK ROOM IN STUDIO
“The experience of beauty is always associated with hope and art.
It is the promise of happiness.”
Translated from the Italian
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Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928
We have continued to be inspired by the natural world with trees in winter serving as our inspiration. The children have been using the medium of wire ( and aluminum foil armatures) to fashion their own trees. We have been learning about the artist Roxy Paine who is known for his metal sculptures. If you would like to see some of the artist's work and to learn more about him, check out the following websites.
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
Throughout these autumn and winter months, the children of the Oak Room have been spending a great deal of time outdoors visiting special places. On our Studio days we quite often leave the confines of the Lower School building and set off on adventures near and far on our campus. We spend time together playing, making discoveries and enjoying the beautiful fresh air. Nature never disappoints with the gifts that are waiting for us.
Many of our recent walkabouts have involved making the acquaintance of the various kinds of trees that make their home on our property. Who would think that on a city campus we could be so lucky to find so many different kinds of trees to see and touch? Oak, ginkgo, beech, pine, maple, fir----these are just some of the trees that we have met. You may also wonder what other things we have observed. Here are just a few tidbits that may inspire you to go out for a walk of your own. You need only to open the door.
We have watched the leaves change color and float down from the branches. We have been amused by the antics of the squirrels as they make their way up and down the tree limbs foraging morsels for the winter months. We have gathered leaves and sticks, pine needles and beechnuts. We have been curious about the lack of acorns this year only to learn that oak trees go through cycles of growing years. Next autumn the yield is expected to be bountiful. We have discovered long, short, soft, pointy, sticky and aromatic pine needles. We have found a variety of fungi, some which emit powdery bursts when stepped upon and others that are smooth and feel and look like rubber. We have heard birds singing noisily in the trees and gathering berries in the holly bushes. We have noticed the many and varied textured surfaces of tree trunks and the different formation of branches and leaves. We have discovered fallen trunks, now home to insects and just perfect for balancing and our imaginations. We have felt the velvety softness of Nature’s moss carpet at the bottom of trees and witnessed a majestic hawk at the uppermost branches.
Now it’s your turn. Open the door, step outside, breathe in and remember to look up and down and all around. You may be surprised by what you discover and hopefully, utterly delighted.