Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reaching into the Past

Today's game of "Red Rover" at the Heritage Center reminded us of "Snap the Whip," a famous painting by Winslow Homer. Poet Carl Sandburg would no doubt add his famous line: "To a man across a thousand years I offer a handshake. I say to him, 'Brother, make the story short, for the stretch of a thousand years is short!'"Oil Painting by Winslow Homer pieced with 2008 Sherwood Photo. The children are holding hands. In the pieced image, they appear to be reaching across a time boundary.
History Camp Photo pieced with
SNAP THE WHIP by WINSLOW HOMER   - 1872
Homer Painting Courtesy Butler Institute of American Art

A Series of Photos taken at Parrett Mountain Farm. These include a Man Logging with Horses, a Blacksmith, a Mountain Man ( Winslow Homer would not have to clean his paint brushes to get the colors right at Parrett Mountain Farm. The following photos were taken on the first day of History School.(The "Culturally Modified Tree" is believed to be a trail marker created by Indians. Archeologists from Grande Ronde reservation have been combing Parrett Mountain Farm for similar artifacts. )

7 comments:

Lilly Morgen said...

Today all of the kids had their shoes off too!!

jaycee said...

Yeap! They learned the most important thing of all about life in Old Sherwood Town: Getting' to go BEAR-foot!

Lilly Morgen said...

We had a great time at camp! Thanks to Parrett Mt. Farm, Liz, J.W., Blacksmith Gary, "Blue Bonnet, aka Roger Lundy, the horse logger and the wood hewer!!We actually used the word Hew on the last day of camp in our "Obsolete Occupations" game!!Thanks to Jaycee for his quips and tours!!Thanks to the Sherwood School District for the two days of bus service! Thanks for Mr. Rothchild or showing up and to President Polly for putting up with us and to poor Joan Reynolds who will be cleaning up the mess we made for months to come!!

Clyde said...

As usual, I learned more than the kids did. Your history book's chapter on the Parrett family spelled out an important truth. I summed it up by saying, "This is about people bursting out of slavery and landing on the opposite side of the Earth. Here on a mountain-top in a part of the world where they could be anything they wanted to be."

Leading kids around Old Sherwood Town in search of "symbols" was a valuable introduction to the arts. The best art is always deeply symbolic. (Ask Vincent Van Gogh.)

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, Where is Vincent when we really need him!

Anonymous said...

Gosh! I love the History Camp pictures!

Anonymous said...

Are you gonna have another camp this summer? I hope so.

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