Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

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

The Science and Art of Minnesota Birds

Third and fourth grade students recently completed a multi-disciplinary study of Minnesota birds. We started with a science unit taught by 3rd-4th grade teacher Kak Jarvis and Environmental Education Coordinator Kris Bennett. Students conducted individual studies of a native bird species of their choice. Research included identification tips such as body size and shape, feathers, beaks and feet, as well as habitat, range, and behavior. Using Powerpoint and voice recording,.. Read More

Painting Unity

Third and fourth grade students worked in groups to create paintings using circles as a unifying principle. We talked about various symbolic meanings of circles, including unity and community. After some initial brainstorming, each student had several designs. Then, in groups students looked for common elements in their drawings and tried to come up with a theme. It was difficult for some groups to agree at first, but eventually they.. Read More