Bridges & Ladders

Eighth-graders have just finished a three-part unit in Studio Art called Bridges & Ladders.

Judy Novey and Jona Rice started the unit by showing a slideshow of artists through time and across cultures who used ladder-like images in a myriad of decorative and symbolic ways. One of the most striking is a sculpture called “A Ladder for Booker T. Washington” by the contemporary African-American sculptor Martin Puryear. Other ladder images went back to ancient petroglyphs.

Students did quick sketches of the forms they observed in the slideshow before beginning work on three different but related assignments. The first was an additive print that used color and mixed media to create abstract ladder/bridge-like imagery. The second was a fanciful sculpture made out of wire and paper-maché. The final assignment was an artist’s book which combined cut-paper imagery with metaphoric language to speak poetically about making connections and life’s journeys.

This artwork can currently be seen on the rounded wall gallery outside of the theater.

Artwork featured above: Ian Good

Julia Werner:

Henry Wagg:

“A Ladder for Booker T. Washington” by Martin Puryear:

Ancient petroglyphs:


WEAG to host screening of “Before the Flood” on March 21

The Waynflete Environmental Action Group (WEAG) is a student-led activity that raises awareness about environmental issues in our community. On Wednesday, March 21, WEAG will present a screening of Before the Flood. The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he examines current-day impacts of climate change. The picture also features President Obama, Pope Francis, and a host of climate experts.

While the topic is somewhat dark, there is also a hopeful side of the movie demonstrated by forward-thinking individuals like Elon Musk. It is a great documentary that generates lots of discussion around the issue of climate change and how it affects us.

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Sixth-grade marine life oil pastels

Sixth-grade students recently created an observational oil pastel that focused on marine life. Using their iPads for reference, they made preliminary sketches of both salt and freshwater fish and their habitats. They composed a contour line drawing, combining their chosen fish with a habitat. Following a color theory lesson, students chose their palettes and layered hues to complete their drawing.

B-T clan rocks Middle School assembly

At today’s Middle School assembly, Bukowski-Thall siblings Rosey (Grade 6), Nathan (Grade 8), and Henry (Grade 10)—accompanied by music instructor, Mike Dank— rocked out in Franklin Theater. The set list included “Hallelujah,” “Let It Be,” and “Day Tripper.”

From the archive: Novel ideas

It starts in Middle School. “Students who had been highly imaginative writers just stop writing,” says English teacher Sarah Macdonald. “They think they have a sense of what’s good and what’s not. They decide that ‘they’re not writers’ and their output starts to suffer.”

Waynflete’s Middle School English teachers are always looking for new opportunities to motivate young writers. After learning about NaNoWriMo from an enthusiastic new Waynflete student, Sarah investigated further.

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