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The Life and Art of Diego Rivera

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Diego Rivera is one of the most important Mexican muralists of all time. Rivera’s style is unique. In 1940 he was commissioned to paint a large scale fresco by the organizers of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay Area. He painted the masterpiece called “Unión de la Expresión artística del Norte y Sur de este Continente,” commonly known as the “Pan American Unity” and he included himself and his wife Frida Kahlo in the mural. It is definitely one of the greatest works by Rivera in the United States.

As part of the KMS Spanish Program the Upper Elementary children have been studying, observing and admiring Rivera’s masterpiece. The students had the opportunity to see his work in person at the City College SF campus. Afterwards, all the students shared their inspiration by creating their own mural-inspired artwork and by sharing their thoughts and reflections with each other about the artist’s work.

“I think the mural is like from the future and from the old times. I think it’s so cool and inspiring.” -Rio, 3rd GradeIMG_3616

"I think that Diego's art has a lot of detail and when he paints, he paints himself, his wife or people he knows. I think he does that to make it interesting. The mural makes me feel happy." - Caroline

“I think that Diego’s art has a lot of detail and when he paints, he paints himself, his wife or people he knows. I think he does that to make it interesting. The mural makes me feel happy.” –  Caroline, 2nd Grade                                                                        

"The mural is very creative. I feel like it is a giant big family. It makes me feel very creative myself. Next time I want to draw the Feathered Serpent because when Diego Rivera painted the mural he put a lot of effort in it." -Violet

“The mural is very creative. I feel like it is a giant big family. It makes me feel very creative myself. Next time I want to draw the Feathered Serpent because when Diego Rivera painted the mural he put a lot of effort in it.” -Violet, 1st Grade                                                                                                              

"The mural is very interesting because there are a lot of different things going on at the same time. I'm amazed and I can't believe that Diego Rivera painted the mural. If he made one mistake, he had to wait until the mural dried to take out the plaster and then paint over it again." -Noah

“The mural is very interesting because there are a lot of different things going on at the same time. I’m amazed and I can’t believe that Diego Rivera painted the mural. If he made one mistake, he had to wait until the mural dried to take out the plaster and then paint over it again.” -Noah, 1st Grade                        

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We finalized the field trip by visiting the Cabeza Olmeca at the CCSF courtyard.

Bee Blog, Un Blog Sobre Las Abejas

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The study of bees in Pre-K this spring is an example of a KMS project that uses real-world learning and the interests of children to really engage with a topic and our environment. Please click here to read an in-depth look at this project (PDF, 6 Pages). 

Alemany Farm Field Trip

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Alemany Farm field trip

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Exploring Victorian Houses

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Haas-Lilienthal House

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The KMS upper elementary students visited the Haas-Lilienthal house as part of our ongoing investigation of San Francisco and it’s history. One of our fifth graders, Natalie, researched and planned the trip as part of her ongoing research into Victorian architecture.

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KMS students toured the house and learned many interesting facts. Did you know the tower at the top of the house was called the Witches Cap and the children of the household were not allowed to eat with the family until they were 7 years old?

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KMS and Watershed High School Students Explore Clarion Alley

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Students from the Watershed School in Boulder, Colorado accompanied KMS students to explore Clarion Alley. These high school students were visiting San Francisco as part of their research into Western and Asian Medicine. They took time to connect to our students and form friendships, and enjoyed seeing the Mission District with such experienced guides!

Hiking on Bernal Hill

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Yesterday, the Upper Elementary students enjoyed a day of hiking, photography, and exploration throughout Bernal Heights, ending up on Bernal Hill. Students are interested in the architecture of San Francisco (particularly from the Victorian era), the systems that make up a city, and finding materials to build “fairy houses” back at KMS. Stay tuned for more on these horizontal themes as they expand throughout the next few months.

Learning Spanish through Culture

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November was a month for learning about celebrations in México like the Day of the Dead. Some of the highlights were the visit to “La Victoria” bakery to learn more about this tradition and  to learn how make “Pan de Muerto” (Day of the Dead  bread.)  On our way, the students discovered and admired the neighborhood murals from different local artists.

Admiring the neighborhood art

Admiring the neighborhood art

Making our Day of the Dead bread

Making our Day of the Dead bread

Bread on the way to the oven!

Bread on the way to the oven!

Está listo el pan!

Está listo el pan!

A Day in the Life – Exploring at the Exploratorium

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Aston: “The picture is funny because sometimes you can have 2 eyes connected together or 2 noses connected up close! I let it take a picture of me and it turned into a funny picture…It’s so funny! (I think it gave me bunny ears.)” Click here to read more!

Noticing the Mission!

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Students at KMS bring a unique capacity to notice the beauty around them.