Thursday, June 22, 2006
Summer Enrichment Camp tours Brooks Museum
By Brentson Hall, Brittany Galloway, Destiny Stone, Joseph Stone, Tierenee Nichols, and Cynthia Finch
The Summer Enrichment Camp (SEC) at Holly Springs Intermediate School this summer is studying the arts. The teacher, Cynthia Finch and her students are learning about realism, which is when the picture looks as real as if it has been photographed with a camera. They are studying impressionism, which uses dots or strokes of color to give the idea of what the subject is. The students are also studying cubism, which uses shapes and color to make the art.
The students involved in the Summer Enrichment Camp this year are Brittany Galloway, Brentson Hall, Tierenee Nichols, Destiny Stone, and Joseph Stone, III. Brittany and Tierenee have just completed the fourth grade. Brittany is the daughter of LaToya Galloway of Holly Springs. Tierenee Nichols is the daughter of Tricia Nichols of Holly Springs. Brentson Hall is the son of Harlan and Cheryl Hall and he has just completed the second grade. Destiny and Joseph Stone, III, are the daughter and son of Sherna DeBerry-Stone. Destiny has just completed the third grade and Joseph has completed the first grade.
Students in the SEC took their first of four field trips to the Brooks Museum in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 7. The class saw African art, sculpture, paintings, furniture, and collages.
In the African arts section, they saw different types of things they wore and things they used. They saw a butterfly mask. This mask was made by the Bobo people, who were farmers. It was big and looked really heavy and we didn’t know how to put it on. It had lots of colors and beads on it and was made of wood. The African people used it for celebrations.
The class also saw a black bed made out of stone. The pillow was made out of rock and had no covers. If you tried to jump on the bed, you would break your toes. When it was cold, it would be really hard to sleep.
The SEC campers saw sculptures, too. Destiny Stone liked the sculpture in African art. It was a Chi Wara headdress. It was shaped like an antelope. She read that people wore it in ceremonies so they could get rain for their crops.
In the American art display, the students at SEC saw a sculpture of a man standing on a pedestal who looked like he was looking at us. He looked real, but was made out of stone. He was holding his pants up.
Joseph Stone saw a Roman chair that was used by kings. It was medium sized, gold, and had beads. It was called a throne.
There was a man who looked like he was staring at you. It was a kind of black stone. It was a realistic sculpture. Tierenee Nichols said it looked real enough for the eyes to pop out. This kind of sculpture is called a bust because it just showed the head and shoulders.
Brentson Hall liked a modern sculpture called The Boxer. It looked like two men boxing. One of these men was leaning to the side like he had just been hit. One man was trapped in the middle. It was made of clay and was kind of brown or black.
The students saw The Rainbow painting. The rainbow colors were going down in lines of a grid. The colors of the rainbow looked like they were falling. Joseph Stone said it looked like rainbow meteors.
The Cafeteria was another painting we liked. The woman was putting on make-up while her friend was reading the newspaper. They were drinking coffee. There were many different colors in the painting. This was realism because the people in the picture looked real.
The Hawk and the Chicken was another painting we saw. Brentson Hall particularly liked it because he wanted to see two birds fighting in real life. It was sort of Impressionism because the wings were painted in big strokes of color.
Joseph Stone and Brentson Hall saw a dreamscape where a man was sleeping and there was a train over his head. The man was floating in the ocean, too. There were lots of different colors in the painting and both boys liked it and knew it was a form of surrealism.
Destiny Stone described Halloween as a painting where a girl was wearing a scary mask. There was a haunted house in the background. There were dark colors in this painting. The girl’s dress and the moon were silver.
Brittany Galloway said that The Roller Coaster was a different kind of painting in that it had lots of really bright colors in the dreamscape. There were animals in the sky and on the roller coaster The scene was at night and the animals looked like they were having fun.
Joseph Stone III, liked the painting of the town in Rome. It had a big pointy tower as a focal point. There were horses and a donkey. People were riding the horses.
After viewing the art, the students used their own camera to take pictures outside and got to see a lovely magnolia tree in bloom.
The museum was interesting and everyone had fun.
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