Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Spotlight on FSM Student Artists

Ten of our middle school students students participated in the first annual Twin Cities Student Art Show at the Dow Gallery April 22 – 24 during the St. Paul Art Crawl. Congratulations to all our participants! Ava C. Eleanor A. Ezra G. Harper E. Helene F. Jane R. Kaija M. Noah R. Sarah S. Sonia N.         You can always see more work by all our talented.. Read More

Arts Field Trip in Lowertown St. Paul

Friends School of Minnesota seventh and eighth graders enjoyed a full day of arts on their field trip in downtown St. Paul. They took the Green Line train from school to Lowertown, met and worked with local creative artists, and had a picnic lunch in Mears Park. Bellows Recording Studio Students visited Bellows Recording studio. They met drummer/composer Graham O’Brien and worked collaboratively with him to compose using samples and an acoustic drum.. Read More

Making Meaning Through Experimentation in Art

Experimentation in art class is an important part of learning to use materials. When students make discoveries about the properties of a particular material or tool, the experience becomes a meaningful part of their education. Sure, I could demonstrate how to use a particular tool or material (and I sometimes do), but when the discovery is made independently of me, excitement ensues. This kind of playful inquiry is what makes.. Read More

FSM Students Participate in Musicalympiad

Last week, Friends School of Minnesota students participated in the 2015 Minnesota State Musicalympiad™ competition. Students from schools across the Twin Cities gathered on Friday, November 13th at the St. Paul City School gym for two hours of fun, competitive music theory games. Three of our 5th graders participated in individual and group music theory listening/knowledge events and they all received multiple medals for coming in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in many of.. Read More

Dance Residency 2015

Friends School of Minnesota welcomed back Jae Haile Phillips and Hannah Esparza for a dance residency the during the week of October 19-23. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade learned a different social dance each day.  They explored Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, and Hip Hop. Students had the opportunity to work through basic dance moves and practiced incorporating those steps into a more intricate routine by the end of class.  As they grew in their confidence,.. Read More

Nature, Art and the City

Parents interested in summer arts programming for their children sometimes wonder if spending time indoors during our short summer season is a reasonable tradeoff for the skills their children gain. Friends School of Minnesota science teacher Steve Moe, and kindergarten teacher Marshall Anderson have found a way to ease that concern through their summer class for lower school children—Nature, Art, and the City! Students joining this camp spend their days at.. Read More

New Art Studio in Action!

Lately I have been reflecting on how the new art studio has affected my teaching. I am still in awe of the space and realize that it has become what I used to dream about—an inspiring creative space for discovery, exploration, deep thought, and joy. It is truly an art teacher’s dream room! The kindergarten class has been working with clay and thinking about two questions: “What things can be.. Read More

Drawing in the New Art Room

Friends School of Minnesota students are loving our new art room! This past month, 5th and 6th graders worked on their drawing, painting and observational skills while creating a series of drawings of an object of their choice. Middle school students have art two times a week for 45 minutes.               If you would like to come see the new art room and the.. Read More