The Hartsbrook School

Practical Arts & Service Learning

PracticalArtsClasses in a wide array of practical arts and opportunities for community service develop students’ capacities for willing: through practical work, students’ thinking is imbued with purpose. In their high school career, students work in many media, which may include clay, metal, wood, and stone. Skills are taught and relationships to materials are awakened. In addition, students are provided opportunities for group community service within the school context in support of community needs, and are expected to pursue individual community service projects in community-based endeavors. A culminating feature of the senior year is a ten-day service-based trip. Senior students have done service work in Appalachia, New Orleans, and Costa Rica, among other places.

From the Hartsbrook Blog — Practical Arts

A Tribute to Our Oxen and Caleb
Thank you Fire and Cracker, for all the many ways that you joined not only Caleb but all of us on a journey of learning; for greeting each and every one of us at the fence-line with rapt attention and the chance to scratch you both under the chin; for bellowing a “Farewell” as you watched us walk away —…

Bridge to Communication
Ryan, Willow, and Romer — 11th Grade students — were chosen to lead an activity for Grades 9-11 wherein groups were challenged to construct a free standing bridge out of only 8 newspapers and masking tape. It needed to hold a half-full Brita pitcher for 10 seconds and be tall enough for a bowl to pass under it. To add…

Third Grade Shelter Projects
The third graders began their Shelter block by taking a walk into the woods, looking for every kind of shelter we could find for all types of living creatures. What did all of these shelters have in common? What did each of these shelters do? We then focused on humans and imagined what the earliest human homes were like. We…

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