MKC pays tribute to the spirits of friends and family who have died.
November 2, 2016
Fall Program Highlights: Fun with Instruments and Edible Art connect Maria alum with Catalyst scholars
November 5, 2016
Two of our most firmly established fine arts classes are Fun with Instruments and Edible Art.
Fun with Instruments, one of our
most successful courses, pairs two highly trained music
educators/professional musicians with 30 enthusiastic students. Maria High School alumna Anna Belle O’Shea, and her former student Vicki Walters-Beach use research-based Orff Schulwerk methods to connect second & third graders to music. Children learn basic music-reading skills, compose original music, and explore other cultures’ music. Two performances are held, one at the MKC for families, and one off-site where the children entertain senior citizens and then share lunch with them.
Edible Art, taught by art educator Suzy Etsch, another Maria alumna, is offered three times per year, and there is always a waiting list. The class is fun, educational - and delicious. The instructor introduces the children to artistic terms and techniques as they use edible ingredients to create masterpieces. This semester includes a project inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a Renaissance artist whose portraits featured fruits and vegetables to represent facial features. Recently, students used crushed Fruit Loops to create “sand art.” They loved it.
It’s not certain that anyone from the MKC will become the next Beyoncé, exhibit work at the Art Institute, or perform in Symphony Center, but a standing ovation after an MKC performance may be just the right encouragement or affirmation to an impressionable young mind. We believe our fine arts classes can spark creativity, a characteristic that Albert Einstein valued even more highly than learning facts: “Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”