Some glimpses of projects:
Connor and Coke tested their flammable chemicals on the landing of next door’s building and set off their first fuse.
Kaia and Frances visited All Pets Hospital to interview a vet about her work with guinea pigs.
Daniel’s MagnaTile challenge for his project, conducted during park:
He built different sculptures and challenged his contestants to build the same in a limited amount of time.
Then they worked in pairs.
We’re back! And still moving through lots of projects. Exposition week and portfolios are fast approaching, and it was interesting to see how playing catch-up went for kids who may now be seeing they’ve bitten off more than they can chew in their goals for their projects and need to hustle to get things done. Goal sheets and a renewed dedication to their collaborator’s provocations got most of the kids back and moving today.
And Thanksgiving. We’re off next week so eat and be merry with friends and family… we’ll be back in session the following week.
Lots of progress on projects…
But sometimes you just have to jump over some things:
Big and small salt artists.
Guinea pig scientists.
Salt in the microscope.
Fishing rod beginnings.
Searching the workshop.
The renovation at Brightworks this month led to some changes – our video booth has been deconstructed and pieces from it are now holding up the students’ work spaces. It’s an illustration of how we like to take things apart and put them back together in new ways. It’s also an opportunity to move our recording operation out of the box.
Because the students are talking about their projects it’s helpful to catch them in their studios and study areas where they can express themselves naturally and have room to demonstrate what they are planning.
Justine mentioned in an earlier post that this round of proposals is Brightworks’ best yet. Judging from what the kids describe, we would add: and the most ambitious!
Max, for example, is planning with Henry to open a restaurant!
Natasha and Audrey and Mason are going to perform a dance showing how salt is made. Natasha describes to us how they plan to choreograph their dance:
Connor is making fireworks — one ingredient of which is salt:
Connor will be sharing a studio space with Coke, who is also making fireworks. Both pyro-technicians are looking to mix up a brew that will make a big bang! Here Coke explains how it’s done:
These creative teams — whether culinary, choreographic or concussive—have one thing in common (besides salt). All of them are producing projects we can’t wait to see!
Among the dozens of experiments currently taking place at Brightworks, the Coyotes’ was the most well-documented today. They tested the pH of salt water and the calcium sulfate they found at the salt flats.
Meanwhile everyone else continued their work!