An Empty Bowl Story From a New Perspective

During my first visit to Sandy Spring Friends School I heard about Empty Bowl when our tour stopped in the Art Barn, a magical and welcoming place that I found myself immediately drawn to. As Tim Croft explained how Empty Bowl integrated the community’s creativity in fabricating the bowls and the community’s generosity in a . . . → Read More: An Empty Bowl Story From a New Perspective

A Danish Immigrant

Hi everyone….By the way, if you were wondering, I’m a Dragon, … and my name is Ferdinand, an old German and Spanish name meaning “protection” and “peace.” I know I can look stern and sometimes even mean, and if I uncoil my long green tail, I look a little scary because I’m pretty big … . . . → Read More: A Danish Immigrant

Mahalo

On the surface this is a story about just a bowl – called Mahalo – a simple bowl, but in actuality, it is really a story about recycling, gratitude, memories, and family! Lofty concepts for just a bowl … but as you’ll see, it meets every dream, plus some!

So to share … many many . . . → Read More: Mahalo

Empty Bowl Stories: the Tree and the Puffer Fish

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This is an Empty Bowl story about a tree and a puffer fish, their unique relationship, their subsequent travels, and how they too can teach us to Let Our Lives Speak.

The tree: it has gnarled branches reaching to the sky, stretching for the warm sunlight. They are supported by a strong network of twisted . . . → Read More: Empty Bowl Stories: the Tree and the Puffer Fish

Empty Bowl Stories: The Travels of a $20 Bill

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My story starts with a small truth, at a dinner… a fundraising dinner where a simple and healthy meal of soup, bread, and orange slices was enjoyed by members of a community who gathered together to Let Their Lives Speak. But it was also a dinner where many, unaccustomed to such meager fare, left the . . . → Read More: Empty Bowl Stories: The Travels of a $20 Bill

“They Deserve to be Free” Elephant Project

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(A story shared by Kate Santorineos, LS art teacher)

Have you ever felt or heard the following: Oh, it’s too hard to do, it’s too big of a problem, it would just be a drop in the bucket, it won’t work, it’s too far away, I’m too busy, out of sight out of mind, too . . . → Read More: “They Deserve to be Free” Elephant Project

Empty Bowl Stories: Recycled Dinosaurs?!

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Here at SSFS we try hard to reduce, recycle, and reuse. And certainly in the art barn, we art teachers are no strangers to hoarding and reusing the most bizarre of left-over objects. I’ve always said, give me multiples of anything, and I can find a cool transformation or project for it.

So, it comes . . . → Read More: Empty Bowl Stories: Recycled Dinosaurs?!

Empty Bowl Stories: Grown-Ups Can Have Fun with Clay, Too!

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Al203 2Si02 2H20, kaolin, argillaceous earth, mud, terra cotta, oozy dirt, terra firma, argil, or in other words and as the kids know it: mushy, fun, CLAY!

Only children play with clay, right? What adult would possibly want the sticky mess congealing in their rings, oozing out from under their fingernails, or getting . . . → Read More: Empty Bowl Stories: Grown-Ups Can Have Fun with Clay, Too!

Empty Bowl Stories: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and His Many Friends!

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Yup: Elmer in all his patchwork glory, of red, blue, green, orange, and white, glorious patches! It is a pachyderm just like Elmer, the wonderful colorful elephant created by David McKee. So how, one might ask, did Elmer come to be residing in the art barn, even if only for a bit? Well, it is . . . → Read More: Empty Bowl Stories: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and His Many Friends!

Empty Bowl Stories: A Better World in our Hands

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A young 5th grader came to the art barn one weekend afternoon with an idea in her heart and great determination to try her best. She wanted to make a bowl for the Empty Bowl project with a hand cupping the belly. The making of a bowl is a challenge in and of itself, but . . . → Read More: Empty Bowl Stories: A Better World in our Hands