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Autumn Apples - Manzanas del Otoño

We spent a few days in October, really focusing on the changes Autumn brings.  We took a trip to an apple orchard, which has become a regular annual tradition for us.  I think this is so important, as children have really become distanced from the processes involved in food production and other 'regular' household tasks of yesteryear, to the point where they really believe bread is just something that comes off a supermarket shelf wrapped in plastic.  These trips help the children to see and know, in an intuitive way, with no overkill of lecturing, not only where their food comes from, but the effort that goes into producing it.  It gives them a connection to the land that could otherwise easily be missed.  Today's children more than ever need these grounding connections, in an effort to counterbalance the fast and furious pace of modern life.

Besides, they love it!

Gastemos unos cuantos dias en octubre, enfocando en los cambios que trae el otoño.  Hicimos un pequeño viaje hacia las granjas de manzanas, ya una tradición anual, en que los niños pueden recoger sus propias manzanas, y jugar bajo los arboles y en el campo.  Siento que tiene un valor de sumamente importancia, por un multiple de razones.  Sin ninguna enseñanza directa, y tampoco aburrido, aprenden demasiado, como los origenes de su comida y hasta el labor y fuerza que se requiere para producirlo.  Hoy en dia, cuando muchos niños en el mundo desarollado, piensan que pan nada mas viene en plastico del supermercado, es mas importante que nunca, darles oportunidades saber los fuentes y origenes de los productos.

A parte de eso, lo encantan!

We did a form drawing in the shape of apples.  I am beginning to see some of the differences with drawing and form drawing.  For the forms, you are not supposed to lift your crayon from the paper, for the entire length of the form, so you really have to 'know' the shape, and it causes you to see it in a new way.  I guess it could be similar to when artists draw negative space instead of the actual objects, it forces you to look at things with a new perspective.

Hicimos unos dibujos de las formas de las manzanas.  Empiezo ver las differencias entre dibujar en si, y dibujar formas.  Para las formas, no se debe levantar el lapiz del papel durante toda la forma.  Eso requiere que uno realmente conoce bien la forma, y lo veras de nuevo punto de vista.  Es parecido a cuando artistas aprenden dibujar el espacio negative en vez del objeto actual.


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