JOY & PRACTICE & ADVENTURE
WEEK 2: SKYLINE & HORIZON
Dearest Studio Friend,
We are thinking of you now and each and every day that we are away from Studio. Let’s find creative and imaginative ways to play and share with each other. Let’s find ways to plant a garden of happiness and creativity each day through projects and adventures. We will explore things that you can connect to from your very own window, from inside your home, and also outside in our city and in nature.
THIS WEEK’S THEME:
Skyline & Horizon
It is the line in the landscape that is visible from any place on the ground, where land or buildings meet sky: the horizon.
By observing the horizon, we witness the sky changing like a clock throughout the day—the light, the dark, the colors, the clarity, and the storm. We witness the life that soars above as flocks of birds fly and dance in the blue. The sun and moon come up and greet us and then set, reminding us that time moves. Land and sky, they are like sister and brother, forever connected by the horizon. Eventually our horizon stretches open, a window to the stars.
REFLECTING AND PRACTICE:
Observe your environment:
In your outdoor environment, there is no place from which you cannot see the sky.
Look up into your sky and, building by building, structure by structure, notice how many different kinds of horizon and skyline exist.
Pay close attention to how the horizon and skyline change. What do you notice in front of your home, on the street, in an open plain in a park, or out across a body of water?
Where do structures, land, and Earth converge with sky? When you stand in a place crowded with nature rising up as structures tall and wide—like trees, hills, mountains—where is the sky the most visible?
Run toward the horizon fast. Walk toward the horizon slowly.
Walk far away and turn back and look at your horizon.
CONVERGE – To meet, connect, or join at one place.
The Horizon and Skyline converge at one place up low in the sky.
Draw what you see and imagine:
While exploring the different horizons and skylines in your environment, draw what you see. Draw horizontal lines of various lengths and shapes. They can be curved and crossed over by the shapes of structures and objects.
Imagine the line of the skyline and horizon in different places: a beach, a desert, a crowded city, mountains and plains, and your own neighborhood.
Draw a skyline of your own imaginings, made up of the objects where land and sky converge. Pay close attention to how your skyline rises and falls, depending on the environment in which you imagine it.
Optionally, gather nature items from the environment you explored, such as rocks, sticks, leaves, and wildflowers.
Here is the work of the famous sculpture artists, Maya Lin.
See how Maya’s Wave Fields stretch across the plains with the skyline and horizon above. Maya loves to build sculptures and art outside surrounded by nature. She especially creates pieces of art that blend and flow into nature as though they are a piece of nature themselves.
LINKS TO MAYA LIN’S WAVE FIELDS:
DAY TWO :
CREATE YOUR OWN SKYLINE:
Take a long piece of paper—you can tape two or many pieces together—and stretch it out in front of you. Imagine the sky, the skyline, the horizon, and the structures and nature coming up from the land below.
Use your finger to draw these imagined structures.
Gather together any of your nature findings. Use the rocks to create buildings and leaves and sticks to create trees and plants. Continue to use other pieces of nature and/or use popsicle sticks, decorative papers, and other items to create the expanse of life and architecture below the sky. Each piece can play its own part in shaping the skyline, where land and sky converge.
Ask and Explore:
In what season does the scene you created take place? How would your scene appear differently in spring, summer, fall, and winter?
How would your sky and horizon scene look differently with stars, the moon, and the sun sitting upon it or moving across it?
How would aircraft or birds look moving from land into the sky and across the horizon?
FRAME THE HORIZON:
Go to a window or large wall in your home. Using painter’s tape, a dry erase marker, or a washable marker (whatever is appropriate and will be easily removed from your windows or walls), draw the skyline and horizon you see outside of the window. How does the window frame shape the way you view the scene outside?
Let’s learn the sign language for Horizon.
The horizon is the place where the land meets the sky.
Here is the sign for Horizon:
Remember the sign for Horizon and share it
a few times per day with your friends and family.
Imagine a rainbow over your skyline. How would it be positioned on the skyline? Where would the arc of the rainbow begin and end? Imagine it in different positions. From dawn to dusk the sun changes places in the sky throughout the day. The sky is the roof of our planet Earth and one of our most important and favorite parts of nature.
We can listen to the music of the famous jazz musician John Coltrane, as he plays “My Favorite Things” on his saxophone. You can listen to the dancing and twirling notes of John Coltrane's music as you play, create, and watch the sky!
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
Music with Angus:
Listen to Angus play the music of his violin and guitar and imagine the sun setting over the skyline closest to you and your home.
Angus is exploring the musical dynamic of piano—a soft sound, like night falling and quiet sky.
He is also exploring the musical concept of ascending and descending scales, like the sun rising and setting and rising and setting again, day after day and night after night.
Listen to the notes move with the sun, moon, and stars all across the horizon.
Angus will also play the colors of a rainbow as the bend and bow over the horizons. Maybe you'll also hear a familiar melody in his music.
What would it be like if we could be the structures in our environment, or the sky, or birds or vehicles of flight climbing high into the sky?
Become a tall, thick tree rising as high as the houses around it.
Take off and land three times with wide wingspans: once as an eagle over a lake, then as a jet airplane over farmland, and then as a kite far above trees in a park.
Imagine your body as the machinery of a crane, lifting and relocating large beams of steel to create new buildings in the city skyline.
Imagine you are floating up from the floor. From your tippy toes to your outstretched arms, become a wide cloud in the sky. Slowly descend back down to the floor. Rise three more times, each time making a different shape with your arms to create a different type of cloud. Then drift down to the floor and rest on your back. Imagine you are a cloud high up in the atmosphere, floating.
Squat down and then slowly rise while making big shapes with your arms, legs, and torso. Become a shape in the skyline and horizon, connecting land to sky. Rise three more times, each time making a different building shape with your body.
Be the sun rising. Rise up slowly and gradually stretch your arms out wide and then above your body. Then, be the sun setting. Slowly move back down to the floor as you gradually bring your arms and hands back down towards your body.
Let’s learn the sign language for Skyline.
Here is the sign for Skyline:
Remember the sign for Skyline and share it a few
times per day with your friends and family.
STUDIO SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT:
Have you ever heard of Mount Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, Africa. It is the highest peak in Africa! It is also the home of three different volcanoes. Out of the volcanoes, Kibo, is the highest, while Shira is the shortest cone.
Mount Kilimanjaro has been on Earth for 3 million years. Animals can be found in the lower forest part of the mountain, but the habitat at the top of the mountain is too harsh for animals to live in. Animals that live in the lower forest are chameleons, warthogs, bushbucks, dik-diks, zebras, duikers, hyenas, shrew, and chameleons.
For hundreds of years people from all over the world have come to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, which means “Mountain of Greatness.” The climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro takes days to weeks of time. Because many people love nature and like the extreme challenge of climbing to the peak, there are tens of thousands of climbers who ascend, or travel up, to its top each year. From the summit, or the very top, the beauty of the sky and the horizon are visible.
Can you imagine the size and height of Mount Kilimanjaro? Can you draw a shape and design that reminds you of this great mountain? Can you create a horizon on your drawing?
We breathe by becoming still and calm, with our legs crossed before us.
-Closing our eyes, we remember and call to mind Earth, air, and the horizon and skyline scenes we created.
-Using our hands and arms to move with our breath, we twirl them as we inhale from our nose or mouth.
-Exhaling, still twirling our arms, we decide to make whatever sound we want, from singing to laughing, to howling, to humming.
Here are our breaths:
We breathe as morning daylight stretching, expanding, and illuminating the sky on one side of Earth. Our exhales, sighs, hands, and arms can become the light of the sun.
We breathe as the wind moving tree branches, leaves, and flags against the horizon.
We breathe slowly like the coming of dusk, the sun setting, and sunset colors stretching across the horizon and skyline.
We breathe as birds taking off in flight into the sky.
We breathe as thunderstorm clouds swelling and growing dark over the city.
We breathe as the glowing harvest moon over the countryside.
We breathe as mountains standing strong and tall in the desert.
We breathe as we remember that Earth is covered by an atmosphere, the air that holds and scatters light, heat, oxygen, and water.
We can bring calm to our days and nights through listening to words and thoughts that remind of the peace within us - and the bigness of our imagination.
Here in the Sky and Stars Meditation Khahtee
leads us in a meditation for nighttime.
We’d love to know how you are creating and playing related to exploring the skyline and horizon. If you’d like to share your ideas, projects, and creative work with Studio and your class, you can send your teachers a photo of something that you did, made, or displayed. Each week we will put together a mosaic to share with your class and our Studio community with all shared pieces included.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Here is the sign for Together!
Being together with the people that we love gives us a chance to share in joyous and memorable activities.
What activities do you most like to do at home with your family?
Is there a special game, book, recipe, art project, or adventure that one of your parents, or a sister or brother, loves to partake in?
How do you participate in these activities in a way that allows for you and others with you to feel the most happy?
Togetherness is important for a family, for a community, and for people sharing in life and in being creative.