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Visual poetry project at Daniel Bagley Elementary

By Erica Browne Grivas Visual poems are a perennial student art project at Daniel Bagley Elementary (7821 Stone Ave N). For this project, children create a self-portrait or a drawing built not with simple strokes and lines, but with words that support and relate to the picture. The visual poems on display in the school’s lobby now were created by Mr. Moore’s 4th/5th grade Montessori students in an art class led by Temple McNeer. “Students were learning about the proportion of the human face through the experience of drawing self-portraits,” says McNeer. “I thought it would be powerful to include text they had…

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Green Lake’s Streetwise Gardener: Add an air of mystery with layers

By Erica Browne Grivas Like the dance of the seven veils, concealing your garden views can make the revealing all the more fun. Partially obscured focal points make guests wonder what’s around that bend? Is that a bench? If you draw out your gardens’ surprises one by one and extend the journey, it becomes exponentially more satisfying. Many designers believe divisions and garden “rooms” create the illusion of more space, because the borders are not seen at once. This Tangletown bungalow illustrates this concept masterfully, offering tantalizing glimpses of layer and texture that make a lovely picture and draw you to…

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Green Lake’s Streetwise Gardener: Pre-spring garden do’s and don’t’s

By Erica Browne Grivas This time of year, somewhere around the third sunny breakthrough day, you start thinking about messing with the garden – wouldn’t that lavender look better over there?  Wait! Until you read on, don’t touch that trowel! You may be more than ready for spring gardening, but your plants are locked into a preprogrammed mambo whose beat is set by the sun and soil. For example do NOT plant Sunflowers: Here’s What You Can Do: Pull crabgrass, unwanted turf grass and dig dandleiions out as deep as you can get. Trim Lavenders and shrubby herbs to just above…

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Daniel Bagley Elementary students let their feet do the talking on International Walk to School Day

By Erica Browne Grivas Rain, schmain. Unfazed by the inconvenient morning showers, more than 150 Daniel Bagley Elementary (7821 Stone Ave N) students walked to school yesterday (Wednesday, October 5, 2011) on International Walk to School Day. Excluding 5th graders, who were laden down with luggage for their annual camping outing yesterday, that is nearly 50% of the available students. The event was part of a global effort, comprised of 40 countries, to encourage walkable communities. Several other Seattle schools, including Green Lake Elementary School, are also taking part. Yesterday, dozens of dedicated Daniel Bagley parents and caregivers helped kids discover the fun, friendship, fitness and…

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Green Lake’s Streetwise Gardener – Playing with fire: Red in the garden

By Erica Browne Grivas Used in stop signs and fire engines, red is a surefire attention grabber, and no less in the garden.  Second on the spectrum only to yellow in visibility to human eyes, it is a power that requires careful handling. It’s easy to fall for reds at the nursery or in a catalog picture – but the main thing to notice in choosing your reds is to be aware of undertones: does it fall closer to blue or orange on the spectrum?  If you’re unsure, a color wheel can be helpful. Or if you’re shopping, try bringing another red plant…

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