Monday, February 23, 2015

Crowning glory

Who will be crowned Mr. Flintridge Prep, 2015? The question hovers in the air as preparations for the pageant begin to accelerate. (the pageant is a mock event: a fundraiser whose proceeds will benefit a local charity.)

A king needs a crown. But what type of crown befits a mock-pageant? Prep's Sewing Club is wrestling with the question as you are reading this.

Henry VIII rocked a cool crown – jeweled and pearled with a royal velvet lining.

As we researched and sketched, we found the intersection of antiquity and technology: Henry’s crown has been 3-D printed. And the code is available.

Watch the process here:

Intrigued? You can download the code and make a crown for yourself (if you have the SLS printer). Click on the blue "download this thing" box.

The result: A precious item reserved for the few becomes accessible to many. In lots of ways, I am grateful for the Internet's ability to make art, images, archival films, writings and letters available to us for enjoyment and enrichment.

-Mrs. Eldridge

Mr. Flintridge Prep, 2015, will take place on March 20, 2015 @ 6:30 pm in Norris Auditorium at Flintridge Preparatory School. Tickets will be available the week before the event. Please see the Prep website for further information.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It Starts.

photo by Simon Burchell from collection of British Museum
Alabaster statue of an Ocelot from Teotihuacan, 5th-6th century

Welcome to the ancient world. The birth of democracy and philosophy. The advent of assassination as a political tool. The rise and fall of civilizations and empires. Many lessons, many topics.

The ninth grade research paper writing process is officially on. Students are primed and ready; some are already deciding on topics. Wars, strategies, squabbles over land and sea, justice and injustice. We are about to dive in - to learn as much as we can in just a few weeks and to exit this process as changed individuals. Wiser. More accomplished as researchers and writers. Definitely more humble (speaking for myself here).

Grady Willard will join forces with Mr. Roffina's classes in March, guiding students through their final edits with his compassion and honesty, making suggestions in the Google Docs sidebar, meeting one-on-one with students. When Grady offers criticism, he brings you to a new way of thinking about your subject and method of organizing thoughts. He says the word "yes" a lot, and affirms your process and subtly guides you to a new understanding. You leave realizing that you've been critiqued, but not criticized.

It is time to dust off my memory of ancient things, to replay the Battle of Marathon, recall all things feudal, revisit the philosophers and thinkers. And to re-discover where I found that really great information last year. Game on.

-Mrs. Eldridge