OMG, it is summer … ideas.

Hello all. The end of the school year came around faster than I expected and I find myself right smack in the middle of my summer vacation! I hope all my teacher friends and my student allies out there are enjoying their free time and making the most of this nice weather.

Our friends at the Haverhill Public Library (HPL) have released their July lineup of free events. Besides encouraging you to continue reading even through the summer months with their reading programs, the HPL also hosts a number of these events to get families out of the sun for a few hours. Below I have highlighted their July calendar for you. Some of these events require registration and I encourage you to contact the library for more details about each of the dates. The HPL can be reached at (978) 373-1586.

Date Time Place Audience

Event

July

1,2

4:30 pm Auditorium

General

Movie: Fences


6

2–3:30 pm Milhendler Room

Grades

6-12

Activity: Teen Crafternoon

8 10:30 am–noon

Adults

18 +

Activity: Tie Dye Tea Towels

13 7–8:30 pm Auditorium

General

Talk: Holistic Health/ Andy Morris

17 7–8 pm

General

Activity: HPL Photography Group

18 6–8 pm Auditorium

General

Talk: Healthier Snacking at Work/ Chef Liz Barbour

7–8:45 pm Milhendler Room

General

Activity: Knit and Crochet Group

22 2–4:30 pm Auditorium

General

Movie: The Zookeeper’s Wife

26 1–3 pm Auditorium

Ages 14+

Activity: Teen Murder Mystery Party

29 2–4 pm Milhendler Room

Adults

Activity: Coloring Club

For more information and an updated schedule, visit HaverhillPL.org. All events are free and registrations can be confirmed online or by calling the library.

Among the many projects that I have to keep myself busy, I have been brainstorming ideas for the coming school year. Inspired by my oldest son’s creativity (he made a short five minute video that you can find here … if you have a Facebook account.) I started thinking about hosting a contest for “New Covers for Classics”, or something like that … I am open to suggestions.

Right now I am leaning towards making it a digital art project, that is, the final product must be presented as a digital file of some sort. My thinking on this is that while I love the traditional pen, paper, paintbrush, canvas artwork (as can be attested to in every issue of INKBLOTT, the HHS student arts & literary magazine) I believe that today’s creative types also need to be familiar with the digital tools available to them (and their competitors). If and when I do decide to host such a competition/ contest, I will be sure to announce it on this blog.

In the meantime, below you can find four quick examples that my son and I put together using nothing more than stock photographs from the Internet and free photo manipulating software, GIMP, which I have written about before (see 04/11/09). This kind of project reflects the inclusion of the arts in the STEM movement to transform it into the STEAM movement. While the tools we used to create the final project were digital, our brainstorming and idea gathering were artistic processes that asked us to consider the themes, symbols, characters, motifs and other central ideas of the novels for which we were creating covers. We sketched and took notes using pen, pencil and paper before we moved to our digital tools. (Interestingly, none of our pen & paper sketches looked anything like our final products, but that’s fodder for another post …. Maybe.)

Hope you found something interesting and that you are enjoying your summer. … And Happy July Fourth in advance. Que viva la INDEPENDENCIA!

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2017. All rights reserved.

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born in brooklyn, raised in queens, massachusetts, that's where I be.
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