November 18, 2014

Philly Photo Day 2014

On October 10, students in PS6 and PS7 participated in Philly Photo Day - an annual event that encourages both amateur and professional photographers to take pictures anywhere in the city. 

We shared donated digi point and shoots as well as our two class iPads and took loads of portraits and interior shots in the art studio.

Each Kaleidoscope student has a photo on display (along with 9,000 others) in an exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

The show opened on November 13th and runs through December 18th at the Crane Arts Building in Kensington.

The photos will also be on display at Dilworth Plaza at City Hall in Spring 2015.

November 12, 2014


We spent a week this Fall learning about cave art, decorating our own cave, and creating collaborative artworks inspired by caves around the world.

First up was the Lasceaux Caves, 17,000 year old caves in France - we learned about their (re)discovery in the 1940's by the heroic "Robot" the dog.

After looking at lots of Paleolithic art from Lasceaux, we built our "Little Lasceaux". Dream hideout.

Armed with LEDs and oil pastels,  and lots of ideas from Lasceaux - like bears and felines,

the kids decorated the cave with pictures of creatures that are in our lives, like these ferocious beasts.

What might it be like to hang out and live in a real cave? PS7 and PS6 told stories and illustrated them on the dark walls of the art studio using mini cutouts of Paleolithic animals and an overhead projector.

Next up we learned about Cuevas de las Manos in Argentina, known primarily for the stenciled hands adorning the walls and ceilings. 

Just like the inhabitants of 9000 years ago, we experimented with positive and negative space, tracing, cutting, spraying: and made our marks.

And: onto the next adventure.

Oh, and one Wooly Mammoth.