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Blog Category — Grade 8

Eight Grade Geometry Intensive

Each year in the Eighth Grade at Hartsbrook, students embark on an exploration of solid geometry, entering into the 3-dimensional world of form.  For the last several years, the Eighth Grade has been taken on an additional journey, in the form of a Geometry Intensive with two talented teachers from New Hampshire, Hans and Marcy Schepker.  Hans brings his artistry in sculpting geometric forms in glass, while Marcy brings the same in fiber.  Both are enthusiastic teachers!

Much like an away trip, the intensive gives the students long hours at school, starting with an introduction to the week on Sunday evening and culminating with presentations of some of their work on Friday afternoon.  Days are long and are filled with a main lesson, glass studio work, crocheting hyperbolic forms, and “befriending” a particular book!  Meals are shared through supper most days and the evenings presented opportunities to further explore solid geometry in playful ways.

This year, the students worked collaboratively on the construction of a glass sculpture which will be on display in the coming weeks.  Keep your eyes open for a new glass construction in the lobby!

For this year’s Eighth Grade, the Geometry Intensive was surely one of the highlights of the year, as our imaginations were lifted into form and color, breaking free of the (sometimes!) restricting boundaries of calculations!

Thank you to Hans and Marcy for bringing such skill and inspiration, and thank you to the parents who provided us with delicious, nutritious meals each evening!