“I love drawing people the most, but this was a good challenge” says
Marblehead High School junior Ana Curtin, who created this year’s
Friends of the Marblehead School’s Summer Soiree invitation. Ana’s art
teacher Pascale Queval, says her “talented and smart” student was the
perfect artist to render the stunning beachfront home of The Falk
family, the venue for this year’s Soiree.
FMPS traditionally asks a MHS artist to create the artwork for the
Summer Soiree’s invitation, and the resulting creations reveal the
skill and talent of the students, and the backstories of how they’ve
been nurtured by the art programs at the Marblehead schools. “I’ve
been drawing since I was little, and I always loved going to art class
at Eveleth, Glover and Village, remembers Ana. “But I especially loved
class with Mr. Pierce, at Veterans,” The Studio Art III Honors student (whose favorite artist is Andy Warhol), recently won a 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key award for drawing, and her artwork is often inspired by music: she plays the
piano and ukulele.
“Drawing a building was different for me, it’s more precise, and it
involved measurement to get the perspective right,” Ana explains. She
used pen and ink for the initial drawing, and then added watercolor.
And the fact that she knows the Falk family and is familiar with their
home added a fun element to the project. Ana is considering going to
art school after graduation and is interested in career in commercial
“I love being able to involve people from our community and giving them the opportunity to share their unique cultural experience. It’s something that normally wouldn’t come up in a school day,” explains MVMS Spanish teacher Lynne Perez about World Language Week, which was a bigger and better event in 2015 thanks to a grant from Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (FMPS).
World Language Week started at MVMS 7 years ago, and it corresponds to the national week of celebrations held by foreign language organization throughout the country. However, funding was limited, so Perez applied for a FMPS grant to keep the program growing. “Students love this opportunity to learn about other cultures,” she explains. “This year’s theme was ‘Wild About Languages,’ and the lobby was transformed into a vibrant jungle scene. Students and faculty competed to identify the names of animals in over ten different languages. Every day featured a different event or challenge relating to different world cultures. Students were issued passports, and had them stamped daily if they completed the day’s challenge, then turned in the completed passport for a Terry’s ice cream coupon.” One day was dedicated to hands-on learning: students cooked crepes and Chinese dumplings, rolled sushi, learned origami and mastered salsa dance moves with instructor Greg Coles.
As students rotated through the workshops, they learned appreciation of other cultures while mastering new skills. “Sushi making is like an art,” said Sophie, an 8th grader, who learned about the intricacies of the Japanese cuisine from the Aoki family, owner of Junji Fine Japanese Cuisine and parents of 8th grader, Mari. Students even learned to overcome challenges and step out of their comfort zone. “Do you feel a little awkward and uncomfortable?” asked dance instructor Coles as students hesitatingly tried to mimic his moves. “Well, now you know what it’s like at the beginning when you immerse yourself in a different cultural experience.” And by the end of the session, students were twirling and laughing to the salsa beat.
Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (FMPS) is thrilled to announce that Alexander and Nora Falk have graciously offered their waterfront home on Atlantic Avenue as the site of this yearʼs Summer Soiree “Friends and Flip-Flops”. Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean are yours to enjoy. This is the perfect setting to spend an evening with friends while supporting the Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools.
FMPS is a volunteer organization that provides privately backed funding in the arts, sciences and math for our students and professional development for our teachers. Through your previous generosity, FMPS has awarded over $1,300,000 in grants over the past twenty-four years to enrich curriculum of our public schools. The Summer Soiree is our primary fundraiser. Please consider supporting FMPS by becoming a Best Friend, Benefactor, Patron or Sponsor. All sponsors receive two tickets to the Soiree. In addition, if the enclosed card is returned by April 30th, your names will be noted in the Soiree invitation, and in the program available at the event. Invitations will be mailed to the public in early May offering tickets at $75 per person.
Become a Sponsor!
Save the date and join us for a casual evening with friends in support of FMPS. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Thanks to a Friends of the Marblehead Schools (FMPS) grant, students in Catherine Landergan’s Industrial Technology courses at Marblehead High School can go from product concept to design to completion. The department’s new laser cutter–funded by a 2014 grant–works with a CAD (computer-aided design) file to engrave and etch metal or cut materials like acrylic and wood. Landergan’s architecture class is using the laser cutter to create home models, and the students in her 3D Design and Manufacturing class are creating and selling MHS-branded items like key chains and phone cases. “The goal of that course is to create a business that turns a profit,” explains Landergan. “It gives students the opportunity to design and create custom products, and to give them real world experience.”
“I was really excited when I found out we were getting the laser cutter, and I’ve learned a lot,” says MHS junior Harrison Caufield, displaying an etched phone case. Caulfield uses the laser cutter in his 3-D Computer Aided Design and Independent Study classes, and he’s planning to study mechanical engineering in college.
“Many of my courses wouldn’t exist without FMPS grants,” says Landergan. “Students blossom in here, and they do independent study projects and work after school because they enjoy it so much. I’m really grateful for FMPS and their grants.”
Visit Wit & Whimsy to buy some of the fabulous products created by the Unified ARTS classes. All proceeds go directly to funding the arts program.