Celebrating Earth Day

 This young artist picks right up on the color-pallet that signified many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers.
This young artist picks right up on the color-pallet that signified many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers.
Ms. Hickey works with a student to help him highlight areas that will give his painting a more 3-dimensional look.
Ms. Hickey works with a student to help him highlight areas that will give his painting a more 3-dimensional look.
This young artist creates a masterpiece using math as a way to reproduce a much smaller sketch (upper right corner) into a full-sized colorful painting.
This young artist creates a masterpiece using math as a way to reproduce a much smaller sketch (upper right corner) into a full-sized colorful painting.
The class was busy adding all of the elements of a flower to create a finished piece.
The class was busy adding all of the elements of a flower to create a finished piece.
Engrossed in his painting, this student blends colors to add depth, lifting his flower from its background.
Engrossed in his painting, this student blends colors to add depth, lifting his flower from its background.
With the final touches to the background almost complete, this student contemplates any additional colors she may want to add.
With the final touches to the background almost complete, this student contemplates any additional colors she may want to add.

Earth Day was Tuesday, April 22, and our planet is abuzz with activities, all designed to educate and encourage people to take action to protect the planet. Here in our corner of the planet, teachers and students are busy with celebrations that will extend throughout the week. 

In Ms. Hickey’s sixth-grade art classes at Silas Wood, students have been studying world-renowned American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe. During the 1920s, her large canvasses of lush flowers were filled with dynamic energy and vibrant colors. Studying the various parts of a flower, students created their own "O’Keeffe" renditions of flowers.

The newly formed Walt Whitman Conservation Club is meeting today to discuss conservation issues on a global scale. Volunteer advisors Ms. Patricia Lizza and Mr. Keith Goldman will review actions taking place today around the world and lead a discussion on the significance of our imprint on earth. 

This Friday, April 25, at Oakwood Primary Center, teachers, parents, students, and staff will pitch in and worked together to give the schoolyard habitat, established in 2010 by first-grade teacher Ms. Simone DaRos, a good Spring-cleaning. When all the work is finished, the planted bee balm, yarrow, Montauk daisies, coneflowers, butterfly bushes, and milkweed will be ready to flourish, creating a haven for butterflies and other pollinators.