Category Archives: In Our Schools

Hugh Cole School Productions

Hugh Cole School ProductionsI loved reading this article and learning more about the film & media work going on at Bristol-Warren’s Hugh Cole Elementary School.  Too often, exceptional and creative learning opportunities in or after school are dependent on the parents who come up with them and put in the volunteer hours to keep them going, and when those parents move on, the programs fall apart.  This is not a slam – the current trend in expectations-from-above is laying claim to every minute of teachers’ and principals’ time in school.  That’s why this program stands out – it has grown and evolved over the years, and seems to have lasted in spite of the inevitable departure of its parent-creator, Katie Reaves.  I often wonder, when I read about excellent programs like this one, how might they be expanded to other schools?  I think we could learn a lot from Katie Reaves and the Hugh Cole educators who have embraced this program.

“Children who participate become knowledgeable about the messages they are daily bombarded with. It allows students to deconstruct them so they become critical and analytic consumers. They know the tricks of the trade, so they are not at the mercy of the media. If they can watch it and play with it, they are also able to know how to work and create with it.” -Katie Reaves

Read the full article here: “When Children Make Media: A Visit to the Hugh Cole School” by Marketa Zezulkova

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ART Night

Japanese fish printing, children’s art, a local treasure, a grand opening and a chance to help an artist in need – these are the happenings that have grabbed my attention for tonight’s ART Night in Bristol and Warren:

Featured Open Studio artist Susan O’Donnell is a graduate of Roger Williams University. Her art technique is GYOTAKU (gee-yo-tah-koo) – the Japanese art of fish printing. She brings a whimsical twist to this ancient art with bright color canvases and a more decorative style. Her prints have been reviewed in numerous magazines and she shows and she sells her art throughout the country.  Visit her at 39 State Street in Bristol.

The Rockwell School Arts Night includes artwork from each student in Rockwell School. On display are works in a variety of mediums created by students ranging from kindergarten to the 5th grade. The students took inspiration from famous artists, different cultures, illustrated books and more. Arts Night will also feature student musical performances.  Visit them at 1225 Hope Street in Bristol.

The Colt Andrews School 2013 Art Show Opening is from 6pm ’til 7pm on ART Night. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will have artwork in the exhibit, which runs until June 4th at 570 Hope Street in Bristol.

Imago Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special exhibit featuring artwork by students from Mt. Hope High School. More than 50 art works by advanced students in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and computer graphics are on display through June 14 at the IMAGO gallery at 36 Market Street in Warren.

Featured Open Studio artist Don Primiano is a painter and founder of Don’s Art Shop in Warren. Don’s paintings cover a wide spectrum of styles, personalized visions to social issues. Sometimes referred to as a ‘sophisticated primitive’, Primiano has enjoyed an independent, old-world, bohemian life-style, always surrounded by close friends and followers. His work, however, truly reflects an optimistic warmth and enthusiasm throughout. Visit him at 543 Main Street in Warren.

Come to the grand opening celebration of a new gallery space, Bohème! Featuring wonderful local artists, including Clavin Kahn, Nick Lane, Zan Norlund, Samantha Robshaw & Dara Raisner.  Bohème is a place to celebrate local art and the people who have created it. There will be refreshments & live music, too! Stop in at 504 Main Street in Warren.

The Wooden Midshipman is hosting an artist fundraiser with musicians Joe Fletcher & Will Houlihan – the net proceeds from the sale of all art will go to support Brown Bird, a wonderful local band that’s been dealing with mounting medical bills and a partially cancelled tour due to struggles with an ongoing illness. Expect to find all kinds of amazing work, both prints and originals, from local artists in all mediums. Plus food, music, and libations!  Catch this event at 146 Water Street in Warren.

To find out more about these happenings and other tempting events planned for tonight’s ART Night, visit the ART Night website.  They’re also on Facebook!