Spooky season is upon us and Kindergarten students donned their self-designed orange pumpkin shirts for a fall performance in the Taylor Arts Performing Center for families and their fifth-grade buddies.
With Lower School music teacher Rachael Jungkeit on the keyboard, the students opened the show with a song titled Pumpkin Vine. The interactive performance combined props, such as colorful ribbons and musical instruments, with the upbeat melody of autumn- and Halloween-themed songs. The audience even participated with call-and-response instructions, clapping, and foot-stomping accompanied the final song.
“We look forward to the Halloween kickoff each year, and the students were really excited to have their parents in the audience for this special performance,” said Kindergarten teacher Jenna Gabriel.
The fun didn’t end there – students and their families moved over to the Lender Refectory for an art display and reception. On the tables circling the back windows were hand-drawn pumpkin outlines on canvas backgrounds and painted pumpkins with splashes of white, black, and red dots. The designs on the pumpkins were inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama, who is known for her use of extensive dots. All pieces were completed in class with art teacher Sue Bennet 1973.
To excite their imagination, the student artists worked in their makerspace class with Lower School science teacher Claire Rich to create paper pumpkins. Using orange construction paper, the students cut, folded, and molded the paper into pumpkin shapes. Mrs. Rich noted the students
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