Saturday, May 18, 2019

Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass

What's inside that strange looking building in Tacoma?
The Museum of Glass's hot shop and lots of cool glass art!!

The visiting artist of the week was Ben Beres.

We could feel the heat of this oven from our seats.

We came with the purpose of seeing this glass exhibit, 
the Tlingit story of how light came into the universe.

We had read these books by Gerald McDermott, including Raven, A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest. 

"Before here was here, Raven was only named YĆ©il. 
He was a white bird and the world was in darkness."
                                                                                      ~museum quote

All the artwork was done in glass.

The museum docent did an incredible job of unfolding 
the Tlingit story as we went through 
the different multi-sensory exhibit rooms. 

"Paddles up means we come in peace."

What treasure is in the tiny box concealed by many boxes?

One of the boxes held the stars.

One held the moon.

The innermost box held the source of light, the sun.

"Look! The Raven has the sun!", 
says an observant first-grader.

In the end, the trickster Raven gets the sun... 

...and gives it to the world.

The Tlingit people receive the light 
including this Salmon Woman.

Proof that first-graders appreciate art. 

We enjoyed seeing the rest of the exhibit and doing a craft project:

We're proud of our hometown celebrated artist, Dale Chihuly, and are grateful for his contributions to the Museum of Glass and to our community.

More "works of art" 

For more information on the artist and exhibit, click here and here.

Getting to Know the Cowlitz Up Close and Personal

We have had the privilege and the honor to learn about Native Americans from Native Americans! One of our Seabury students is a Cowlitz tribal member. Her grandpa and her dad came in to tell stories and to teach us about how to carve. 

Western Red Cedar is used for many things. 

A hat made out of western red cedar

A wooden comb

A close up look at arrows and arrowheads

Splitting planks from an old growth cedar


A Native American tradition - giving gifts

We each received a roughly carved feather 
and were given the task to smooth them out 
using four grades of sandpaper. 

"Thank you for the cedar carved out wood feather."
Notice the detailed clothing and nets."

"Thank you for showing us how to carve feathers out of cedar. I liked smelling the wood."

A beautiful, three-generation picture from several years ago

How can we best express how thankful we are? 
Perhaps in a related Salish language:


"This word is most often translated as "thank you," but it is really much more profound. It is based on the root word "lemt" meaning thankful or glad. In the fullest sense, it is really an exclamation of deep gratitude. It can be used as an expression of thanks, but many of our elders also used it to greet one another, much like we would say, "Oh, I am so glad to see you!""

Saturday, May 11, 2019

WE MADE THIS for Seabury's Annual Auction!

The Seabury first graders made this wonderful, layered, 3-D shadow box complete with a remote control to change the background colors. 

It fit beautifully into our over-arching theme of "treasure" and our curriculum study of geology, animals, and conservation. 

Value: Priceless

Perhaps the most amazing part was that each student cut one of the seven layers using AN EXACTO KNIFE! 

Thank you, friends and families of Seabury School!

I love Seabury because everything is cool...

Use those auction bucks!

I love love school. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass

What's inside that strange looking building in Tacoma? The Museum of Glass's hot shop and lots of cool glass art!! ...