They wrote a poem and then learned how to use the brushes to paint a ram, in honor of 2015, The Year of the Ram, in the Lunar calendar.
Boys quickly discovered that they needed to focus intently in order to master the brushwork. They asked thoughtful questions, such as where the ink comes from (the soot of pine trees).
The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were eager to return home to share their work with their families.
The third grade study of culture focuses on the cultures of Korea and Haiti. In early February, the Brooklyn group La Troupe Makandal led the boys in a wonderful session on Haitian music and dance.