Posts from the ‘art’ Category


Lucas reading “Little Beauty” by Anthony Browne (about a gorilla of course, his spirit animal),

while these three (Bryn just learned today) finger knit away.

The New Mystery Bay Mural

Watch out! there’s a tidal wave happening in the big yard.



A work in progress…

ROOTS: A Study

As we were clearing out our garden this winter, we discovered that hidden under all of our bountiful goodness, were the sustaining life force behind our food.  Thus a study of roots began.

Here are some of our observations:

The Studio

Looky, looky.  There’s a NEW BLOG at The Community School.  Welcome Jaala!  Our new Studio teacher.  She’s a wonder…

Filling in the Holes

Totally inspired by this and this great way of fixing holes, filling in cracks and making things beautiful, our class decided to beautify the school.

Mater Matrix Mother & Medium: a river of fiber woven into Seattle’s urban forest

We have been studying water; where it comes from, where it goes, how we use it, how we treat it and what we need to do in the future to preserve it.  Just as we were finishing up with this project, we learned about Mandy Greer’s river of fiber project.


Trisha and I decided that we needed to invite Mandy to school, so that we could have a hands on part in her art piece.  So, we invited her and she came!  We spent a day in the studio learning to crochet with her.  We were able to add to her piece along with many other groups from our greater Seattle community.



In the end, a 200-foot-long fiber river was created.  The project celebrates the splendor of Seattle’s urban creeks and encourages stewardship of essential watersheds.  The project is exhibited at Camp Long where we were able to spend the day taking in the beauty of the fiber creation.



We also made some of our own work and left a bit of ourselves in and around Camp Long.



“When a group of people come together, using their hands in an intuitive process, a flow of ideas happens, unpreditable but always dynamic.  I want to make a spce for dialogue, allowing people to tap into their emtional memories of water and their desires and frustrations concerning our relationship to the environment.  Our hands will be knotting together ideas as we ask ourselves ‘what has happened to our sense of the sacred quality of water.'”      —Mandy Greer


Earth Day Flower Bombing: Guerilla Art in Progress


We frequently practice guerilla art around our neighborhood – we make chalk prints, we hang our drawings and we give telephone poles and rocks eyes, nose and a mouth. We have also created structures in parks and on the beach.




We also try to take care of our neighborhood and we take trash bags out on a regular basis to try and keep our neighborhood cleaned up – wow, is that a chore in our neck of the woods.

So, we thought for earth day we would put the two together and try to do a little guerilla gardening. In preparation we made seed bombs.


Paul, Tricia and I broke out some fresh seedling soil, dug up some clay from the hillside, sprinkled seeds and made dozens of seed bombs for tossing into unsuspecting park and rides, empty lots, and abandoned houses.




We also plan to work on the flower beds around the school – pulling weeds and planting wild flowers.

Our classroom garden is also coming along. We are building, beautifying and growing starts. We planted our peas and some nasturtium a couple of weeks ago. The peas are poking up here and there.



We are also growing Shitaki and Lion’s Mane mushrooms in the classroom.


We are planning to visit Village Green Nursery just up the way, to get the bulk of our starts but we also would love any donations of starts from our families. Last year we fed our entire class and their families from our garden during our formal dinner party. We hope to be able to pull this off once again.

Watch out for joyous, blooming, friendly bombs tomorrow as our sharp shooters scour the neighborhood and send a little living love shout-out on earth day.

Pumpkin Fire in the Studio

The Castle by Jackson

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