Posts Tagged ‘Bee Ladd’

The 4Fives at the Textile Art Center!!!!!! :)

April 13, 2010

Hey everyone guess what we did last week?

We went with Bee and Ms. Kimball to her friend Visjna’s art studio, the Textile Arts Center.  When we got there, Ms. Kimball kept knocking on the door but her friend didn’t answer because her back was turned to us. Finally, Visjna opened the door then we entered and sat on the floor and she started started to talk to us about weaving. Then she said “have you kids been doing weaving at your school?”, and we said “yes.” Then she said “ok this will be easy for you guys and girls”.

Visjna teaches us how to weave.

Then she said “we will be doing weaving today”, then we said “cool!”

A loom at Visjna's studio.

Then she said “look at the yarn and choose which one you want to use.” We started looking at the yarn then she said to pick one then everybody picked one. I picked one and it was red.

Adrian and I choose our yarn.

Ms.Kimball started calling us for groups and I was in group 5 and I went to my loom.

My group at our loom.

Then all we had to do was put the string on the loom, put our feet on the pedals, put our yarn through the other strings and pull back the beater to push our yarn together.  Then you keep repeating it.

Another group on a loom.

I finished and then all we had time for was to make one more.  Then Ms. Kimball said “you guys know you can make one for me.”

Ms. Kimball helps Deven with weaving.

Then I thought about making one for Bee then I started weaving one for her. Then the class finished. Then I finished making my weaving project for Bee.

My present for Bee.

Now I am going to tell you the steps of weaving on a weaving machine:
Step 1- First you pick a yarn.
Step 2- Then you wait for your group be called.
Step 3- Then you go to your machine.
Step 4- Then you tie your yarn to the warp.
Step 5- Then you step on the pedals.
Step 6- Then you pass the yarn through the warp threads.
Step 7- Then you let go of the pedals.
Step 8- Then you push the beater down.
Step 9- Then you push down the other pedals that you didn’t push in Step 5.
Step 10- Then you keep repeating steps 5-9 and finish the rest of your weaving.
Step 11- Then you are all done.

I hope that you liked my blog post.

Dumpster Diving… Bueno o Malo?

March 26, 2010

Good morning!

For those of you who don’t know already, last week the 4Fives had an amazing visit from Katy Wright and Jackson.  Katy works on a bunch of things, but she came to talk to us about how she rescues food and furniture from the trash and also about civil rights. We learned a lot from her visit, and it was really interesting, because we do a lot of recycling and upcycling projects with Bee and Ms. Kimball.

A friend of Jackson’s (the awesome Mr. Justin) read about Katy’s visit to the 4Fives on SuperForest, and sent him an email saying that he thinks it’s a bad idea to tell kids that it’s okay to take food out of the garbage to eat it.  Jackson sent the email to Bee, and Bee read the email to us.  Then we has a REALLY REALLY REALLY long talk about both sides of the issue, and decided to write a post about it. We also made this little video to share our thoughts.

What do you think?


The 4Fives

Nelson Mandela ROCKS.

March 25, 2010

Good morning, everyone. For the past couple of weeks, the 4Fives have been learning all about Nelson Mandela. We each wrote about him and it was really interesting to learn about him.


In 1918 Nelson Mandela was born. Nelson Mandela was placed in jail two different times because he was a man with very strong beliefs. Nelson Mandela was sent to jail because he was being treason to the government.

He did not believe in the way white government was run, because he was black and all the white people had better lives.

Another law was that the black can’t sit next to the white people and they couldn’t use the same beaches as whites because whites had more rights than blacks.
All the white people had better doctors then black people. This is when Mandela came in and told the government that he was tired of these orders.

The government did not like the way he was talking about them. So they sent Nelson to prison. They sentenced him for life.

The black people were not happy about that.

He spent his time in jail and the government decided to let him free after 27 years so they let him free.

Then they had a vote of who was going to become president of South Africa. Then a few days later Nelson Mandela was picked and he was the new president of South Africa and everybody was happy that he was president.

Katherine Fairfax Wright Works Magic With the 4Fives!

March 16, 2010


My name is Maya and I am going to tell you about a great visit that we had yesterday from a great woman… Katy Wright! She taught us about finding treasures, and she also taught us about a very sad thing that is going on in a part of Africa.

Today I made a video to tell you about our experience. I hope that you enjoy it.

Thank you,


The 4Fives Take on Veggie Central!

March 16, 2010

Good morning!

My name is Nicholas. I am going to tell you about the cool trip that we went on yesterday.

So yesterday the 4Fives went on a trip to Grand Central Station for Veggie Central. Before we left school we all put on our veggie t-shirts and Bee made us go to the bathroom just in case.

First, we went on the train. We took the F train to 42nd street. Then we walked forever and finally got to Grand Central Station. When we went in the place we couldn’t find the people that we were going to meet for the veggie trip and we almost got lost. Finally we saw a guy and we were like “where are the veggie people?” He helped us find them. And then we saw a bunch of kids in the same veggie t-shirts that we had on and Bee’s friends.
Then we sat down and had some lunch.

Then we went upstairs and we saw a bunch of fountains of ranch dressing. I said to Bee “It smells bad, like vegetables”, and she said, “no, it smells bad, like ranch dressing.” But some people like ranch dressing, so it didn’t smell bad for them.

Then we sat down with two other classes and a lady taught us how to plant vegetable seeds. She called on me to come up front and plant a seed. It was cool. I learned something that when you grow seed’s you need to have 1.Soil 2. Water and 3. Sun. And I learned something else too… that when you grow a seed you need to have it in a safe place because if rabbits eat them your garden is going to all gone.

I was a little bit nervous because there was a lot of people there filming and taking pictures and taking notes. Those people were called the media. They were there because they wanted to write about what was happening.

And then something really exciting happened. A famous person named Jennie Garth told us that veggies are really important and then she told us to decorate some bagels with veggies. Vegetables make you healthy. If you don’t like the taste of vegetables, you can dip them in ranch to make them taste better. So we made some smiley-face bagels. We had a lot of fun.

And I am going to tell you the steps to make a smiley-face veggie bagel.

Step 1: Spread ranch dressing on the bagel so that the veggies will stick to it.
Step 2: Choose some round veggies like tomatoes for the eyeballs and stick them on the bagel.
Step 3: Choose another veggie like broccoli for the nose and stick it on the bagel under the tomato eyeballs.
Step 4: Choose another veggie like carrots for the mouth and stick it on the bagel under the mouth.

And that is how you make a veggie smiley-face bagel. After we finished making the bagels, Bee took a picture of her and the 4Fives. It was cool.

I hope that you liked my post!



Ms. Kimball and the 4Fives Make Movable Artist Models!

March 16, 2010

Last week, the ever-fabulous Ms. Kimball showed the 4Fives how to make movable artist models. The models are helping the 4Fives learn how to draw realistic figures.

So cool!


SFJ: How to Draw Cute Animals on Robot Heads

March 12, 2010

Hello everyone!

My name is Taliya and I just wanted to say how we had another Skype with our best friend Jackson.

And it was very fun and funny.

And what we did on our Skype with Jackson is we learned how to draw an eagle sitting on a robot head.

Here is how you can do it!
1. First you draw an arch.
2. Second you draw a line on both sides.
3. Then you draw an up and down line to make it looked like its wings.
4. After you do that then you draw a mouth and you can make it look mad or you can make it look very happy.
5. Then you can draw some really cool eyes and make then however you want.
6. Draw the feet I totally forgot and draw some sharp feet.
7. And then if you want you can draw a draw a robot head right under the eagle.

Now all I want to say is how I loved drawing with Jackson. It is very fun and funny when we chat with him. And what I liked about drawing an eagle was first how it was so easy. It was very fun, and I had a great time.

I love Jackson we will always be friends.


The Fivers Long-Distance Draw With SFJ

February 24, 2010

Hello everybody!

This is Nicholas from the 4Fives, and I am going to teach you how to do a lion because JACKSON taught us so I am sharing it with you.  And we, the 4Fives, are going to be drawing professionals!

Yesterday, we were on Skype with Jackson. We learned how to draw a lion with him and how to draw a tin man too.

We are proud to show you how to do a lion and tin man too, so it is my pleasure to show you. These are the steps to draw a lion, ok?

Step 1: you draw an arch.

Step 2: you draw an up side triangle inside the middle of the arch like a cat nose.

Step 3: you draw two eyes above the triangle.

Step 4: then you draw 2 lines in the eyes and color them in.

Step 5: draw a “w” on the bottom of the arch.

Step 6: draw whiskers coming out of the triangle.

Step 7: draw small lines on it for other whiskers.

Step 8: draw two teeth coming out of the “w” (like fangs).

Step 9: draw hair around the top of the head.

Step 10: you make a big bubble on the side of it and write some thing inside of it like “the 4Fives rock” and “SuperForest rocks” and “Bee Ladd rocks” and “JACKSON ROCKS!!!!!!!!! “.

And I wrote  “SuperForest rock and Jackson rocks and the 4Fives rock and BEE LADD ROCKS TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Happy birthday to Jackson, because it is his birthday on Sunday.  We love you very much Jackson, you rock.

Here are our drawings!




emanuel continues to rock aiw…

February 24, 2010

and what a fine job he is doing! keep it up, emanuel! i can’t wait to see what happens next!



here: the queen meets with the duchess and alice.

here: alice meets the gryphon and the mock turtle.

here: the knave of hearts goes to trial.

here: the mad hatter causes a ruckus in court.

here: the dormouse can’t stay awake…

vacation is over… and we’re back!

February 22, 2010

jordan and bee

ray and bee!

adrian and bee