I'm director,art teacher and professional sculptor
The Subject(s) I Teach:
Brief Description of My Students:
Baldone Art school is a professional orientated school for children and young people from age 7 till 18
Description of the Town or City My Students Come From:
Baldone is a small town close to Riga- the capital of Latvia.
Baldone is surrounded by forests, and a sulfer spring comes out from the ground in Baldone. This spring has been used for medical tretment for 700 years.
Thete are 3 schools in Baldone- The Secondary shool, Art School and Music School.
Students in Mr. Marienthal's art classes at Francis Parker Middle/Upper school have been participants in an international art exchange for the past two years. This year the program, Creative Connections, sent their work around the world to trade hands with students in Baldone, Latvia. The theme of the exchange was, Through a Window: Looking Out, Looking In, and the work shown here is a digital representation of the art created by students at Francis Parker, alongside the original work they received from the students in Latvia. In many cases technology has become the window through which students view the world. But the connections that this artistic exchange have fostered are anything but virtual. This exchange performs something radical in a digital era. Students hold images physically in their hands that have winged their way around the globe for the express purpose of making a tangible connection. This exciting international showing of student work exemplifies the way art can build a solid bridge to span geographic and cultural divides, and reminds us of what cyberspace cannot replace.
Greetings from the US!
We have enjoyed looking at all the beautiful art.
The art work gave us some insights into your daily lives.
We also enjoyed the large size of the pictures and the bold colors.
The students discovered that your country celebrates many of the same holidays and traditions.
My students were very interested in the holiday you celebrate for your country in November. This is similar to our 4th of July. The fireworks and other
We noticed many pictures showed a love for nature and animals.
They were very amused by the pictures about mushrooms. I explained that many people pick mushrooms and make this a tradition in families.
They learn from older relatives the fine art of mushroom picking.
One picture we really enjoyed was the Mother's Day walk. The students never even thought that people in other countries celebrate a day for their mothers.
There was just so much to look at in the pictures.
We found many similarities like pumpkin picking, fall landscapes, amusement parks and birthdays.
My students were very surprised at how well the students draw.
I explained that the drawings came from an art school and these students may have art class everyday. We only have it once a week.
They believe your students are excellent artists!
Thank you for your perspective on your lives in Latvia.
We are starting on the drawing for creative connection this week. I have about 30 students that will be working on the project. They range from beginners to advavced. How is the project going for you. Have you done the project before?