Ornithology Scratchboards Art Exhibit

Ornithology Scratchboards Art Exhibit

May 25 - June 14, 2019
Cayuga Nature Center

Join us at Cayuga Nature Center for an exhibit of beautiful scratchboard artworks of birds by the Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca's Upper Level lst year (4th Grade) students.

The EAC Upper Level students were captivated by the adventures of Sam Sibley in My Side of the Mountain, a first year Language Arts novel. Sam, the twelve year old protagonist learns about courage, independence, curiosity, and wilderness survival while attempting to live independently in the Catskill Mountains. He captures a peregrine falcon, Freightful, whom Sam trains to hunt food for the two of them and cares for as a companion. As the story unfolds, the reader’s curiosity begins to soar.

The students’ novel studies dovetailed with research on the beautiful plumages and patterning in raptors and other birds. These young artists, guided by their art teacher, Julie Schaeffer, created scratchboard pieces out of their love of observing birds and experimenting with design and texture. The scratchboard pieces are thoughtfully composed and carefully executed, as the process uses reduction to create an image by scraping away the black coating on the surface of the board to reveal a silver sub-layer.

The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca was founded in 1979 by Andrea Blitzer and Carol Hill. Their goal was to transform the world by educating children in an atmosphere that promoted respect and dignity for all. In 1998, the Montessori School of Ithaca was renamed the Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca, in honor of one of their most beloved students: Elizabeth Ann Clune. The relationship between Elizabeth and the school proved to be formative in defining its mission. The faculty became passionately committed to educating all children – regardless of their personal strengths and weaknesses – using the Montessori Method. Furthermore, inclusion became a basic tenet of the school.