This past week, artist-in-residence Kevin Reese worked with St. James Academy students to build a mobile installation in the tower of our school. Students began work on this project earlier in the fall by drawing visual representations of the theme “discovery and wonder.” This week in art classes, students helped build the mobile with Mr. Reese, painting, bending wires, and finding balancing points. Today, we dedicated the installation with song and poem. Eighth grade student Mark Sucoloski and Mr. Wolcott performed “What a Wonderful World.” Our librarians, Mrs. Sansosti and Mrs. Hudkins read the following poetry from Mary O’Neil:
Like acrobats on a high trapeze
The colors pose and bend their knees
Twist and turn and leap and blend
Into shapes and feelings without end . . .
The Colors live between black and white
In a land that we know best by sight.
But knowing best isn’t everything,
For colors dance
And colors sing,
And colors laugh
And colors cry –
Turn off the lights and colors die,
And they make you feel every feeling there is
From the grumpiest grump
To the fizziest fizz.
And you and you and I know well
Each has a taste
And each has a smell
And each has a wonderful
Story to tell . . . .