It has been a really special week for art at BAIS. As part of our exploration of Art, Culture, and the Natural World, Grade 1 - HS students had the opportunity to take spectacular field trips to Tunbung Art Village on Tuesday (Grades 4 & up) and Wednesday (Grades 1-3).
Tunbung Art Village is a unique outdoor studio and community arts project located near Tujering. It was founded by the late Etu Ndow, a renowned Gambian artist and arts educator who designed and constructed the space using the natural environment, handmade stones, recycled artifacts, and reclaimed bricks. Since Etu's passing in 2014, his nephew and protege Abdoulie Coker (known to many of our students as Mr. Coker Cola), has kept the spirit of this creative and inspiring place alive. Thanks to Abdoulie and the other Tunbung artists, BAIS students had a wonderful experience touring the Art Village compound and participating in a variety of workshops including tye dying (for the older group), screen printing (for the younger group), sand/seed art, and group painting. At the end of Wednesday's trip, one of our third grade students said, "I just wish we could stay."
A very special THANK YOU to all of the BAIS teachers and parents who provided transportation, served as chaperones, and created with us this week. In the coming days, I'll post more images of the art we created during our visits and share some student writing about the trips. But for now, please enjoy these wonderful photographs of our time together at Tunbung Art Village (big shout-out to Mr. Scott and Mr. Steindam for their beautiful documentation of our experience).