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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.

Peach Spanish Program

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The Peaches (Infants and Toddlers) have been enjoying their mornings with Maria Luna.  The older children greet her with “Hola!” while the younger ones wave excitedly.  They know soon they will be immersed in a colorful, rich and vibrant world of Latin America.  As soon as Maria Luna brings out a book or starts the radio the children will sit or stand eagerly waiting for what’s next. For more detailed information on the Peach Spanish Program, click here! 

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!

Unique Tunics

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Among the things the Pumpkins find fascinating about Peru are their traditional clothes, particularly tunics! The children even started designing their own in the atelier. In the dramatic play area they turn miscellaneous fabrics into tunics to wear:

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Some of the children made a presentation wearing their tunics and talked about Peru!

 

The Beauty of Research

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Did you know that Paddington Bear is from Peru? One morning while reading a Paddington Bear book, a few Pumpkins grew intrigued about “deepest darkest Peru” from which he came.

We have been researching together, and collaborating on what interests us about Peru. Amazingly, this journey has led us to be fascinated by the ancient Incas. There is no day that passes where we don’t speak some Quechua (native Peru language) and play games inspired by what children have learned about the Incas:
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All these experiences provoke children’s thinking on a deeper level, and knowledge gained in this way strengthens the child’s concept of him/herself as a capable researcher.

Dia de Los Muertos a KMS

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“I like Day of the Dead because I can see the altars.  An altar is a place the spirits come to visit.” – Uma (K)

“It’s important to celebrate Day of the Dead because you can remember the people that die.” – Henry (1st grader)

“I have a picture of my grandma at the Altar.” – Emily (PreK)

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A highlight in November has been the installation of the Día de los Muertos altar in which the children collaborated by bringing personal drawings and photos of their departed family members and pets. Together we made the traditional marigold flowers that decorate the altar and contributed to the beautiful design.

Atencion Plena y más acerca La Clase de Español

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Mindfulness

“When I practice mindfulness, I am very calm and I feel the ground.” Maya

To learn more about this and more doings in Maria Luna’s Spanish Class click here

Noticing the Mission!

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