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Freedom Explorer Paintings

February 24, 2021 | Becca Brasser

In first grade art classes this year, Mr. Johnson has been teaching the children about creating portraits. They first made self-portraits of themselves with oil pastel, and then began learning how to create a portrait based on a photograph or drawing of a real person.

Each child has chosen a notable “Freedom Explorer” to paint this term, putting into practice the portrait drawing skills they’ve learned from Mr. Johnson. Some chose George Washington Carver, some chose Ruby Bridges. Some chose Martin Luther King, Jr. Some chose Henry Box Brown. From all walks of life and all time periods in American history, these notable Black Americans have enriched our understanding of the world and taught us about justice, rights, and freedom.






Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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