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Flying High in the Studio

May 17, 2023 | Nathan Johnson

First grade artists are coming to the studio with birds on the brain.

Bird images! Bird sounds!

And more than anything else, bird facts! Such as:

The many different kinds of nests birds live in…

The many different shapes and colors birds show us…

(Can you spot the Kindergarten bird? They were inspired by the Firsts Graders’ work!)

How they feed their young…

That they drink using their beaks like buckets…

But in addition to all this Studio exploration, each child has spent weeks working on a detailed painting of a bird of their choice…

Keep an eye on the classroom gallery space

for some diverse bird watching!



PS —

We’re warming up our sewing fingers for one last bird project to close out the year!

Nathan Johnson

Early Childhood & Lower School Visual Art Teacher

Nathan Johnson graduated in 2004 from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (focusing on Illustration, Art History, and Puppetry), Theatre, and Elementary Education, followed by further time in Europe studying Art, and in Nova Scotia working with adults with developmental differences.

Happily back at his Alma mater (MSS class of 1995) Nathan has passionately committed his career to preserving the dignity and wonder of childhood. As children are more and more burdened with technology and privilege, he believes that in order for children to learn and grow, they must be given freedom within structure, choices with guidance, allowed to play, struggle, get dirty, and above all, to be taught that they are a beloved child of God.

When not in the classroom, Nathan can be found kayaking, camping, hosting a game night, wandering around New York City, making friends with strangers, and spending time with his 11 nieces and nephews.

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