Stonebrook: a place for summer fun and educational assistance
July 8, 2014 - Tuesday at Stonebrook
Ten students came. Well, eleven, if you count the five year-old who came with his brother. Students are elementary and middle schoolers.
“All right, everyone! Get into groups of three, and answer this question, ‘Do you think freedom is free or does it come at a cost?’”
This week’s icebreaker is themed with a post-July Fourth tinge. Ms. Qena Armstrong, RISE volunteer, typically facilitates such questions. Armstrong has taught classes for almost one year, since September 2013.
As she finishes the icebreaker and hurries through a quick vocabulary lesson, a guest, Sisavanh Houghton, brings out her canvas.
Houghton is a part of the Exquisite Nashville project, hosted by the Frist Center.
The creators of the project are interested in the way that different cultures blend. Many immigrant groups find their home and have changed the city to have a surprisingly multicultural feel. The project incorporates the Exquisite Corpse.
Different community partners have a piece of the artwork, but none of them know what the whole looks like. After completion, the exhibition will be March-July 2015.
The children lean forward to look at Houghton’s canvases. She finished these Pollock-like canvases over the weekend. She instructs the children that they will be sketching animal shapes onto the canvases.
July 10, 2014 - Thursday at Stonebrook
Squeegee in hand, the Hip Hues assistant pushes the vert green ink across the screen. Children circled around her, the assistant produces a white t-shirt with a RISE logo.
After her instructions, RISE students form a line as they compete to be first in line to make their very own t-shirt.
After making t-shirts, students and Qena Armstrong, the volunteer teacher, congregate to the tennis court playing a short math game.