"Adventures Are Hard"

"Adventures are hard...this is like an adventure."

“Adventures are hard…this is like an adventure.” I can’t think of a better way to sum up the experience our third graders had last week. A student shared these words while making a clay mask with our visiting artist Robin Henschel. Ms. Henschel is a world-class potter and through our visiting artist program she was able to spend time working with students from our Lower School. Ms. Henschel received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and founded a studio in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2007, she joined the Clay Art Center in New York as a studio artist. Her work explores animal, human, and natural forms inspired by mythology and the multifaceted character of clay as a medium.

Our students have no idea how lucky they are to be able spend time and get direct guidance from a professional in the field. More importantly, they get to see and feel the importance of art in our lives. At a time when schools around the country are cutting spending on art, drama, and music, GCDS continues to invest significantly in exactly those things.

If you have two minutes to spare and can watch the video above, you will see the powerhouse skills of creativity, imagination, grit, time management, and teamwork––and you will see the kids loving every minute of it!

As Pablo Picasso reminds us, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Our youngest will grow up with an appreciation and love for those things that truly make us human––we could give them no better gift.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School