Third-graders from Marblehead's Glover, Bell and Coffin schools participated in a dance residency with well-known fiddlers and callers Jacqueline and Dudley Laufman from Canterbury, N.H.
Each third-grade class experienced four folk-dance workshops with the artists. Music, physical education and art teachers combined efforts and interdisciplinary work around the residency.
As a culminating event, each school held its own Barn Dance, where students taught their parents how to dance and have their student-made quilts grace the balcony spaces at Abbot Hall. For three consecutive Mondays, the Barn Dances was be held between 6:15-8 p.m.
It took about 4 weeks (4 classes to complete the quilts). Well worth the effort. Each quilt had it's own theme voted on by each individual classroom. The quilt squares were designed by each child to reflect their own concept and design style.
The art teachers of all three schools worked with their students to create classroom quilts to hang at the Abbot Hall during all three evenings. The work was beautiful and a great study on group design.