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The Geography We is a story.
It’s a story told by Caldera youth.
It’s a story that comes to life with voices, imagination, and creativity.
It’s a story of connection to Caldera, school, family, community, and each other.
It’s a story expressed through artwork and the power of the creative process.

The universe is born of fire. Some fires we conjure, some we capture, and some grow wild. Others transform. A forest begins to heal itself after a fire; a once-still volcano erupts with power and beauty; soft, moldable clay becomes a sturdy structure in the heat of a kiln. How do you transform? What sparks you? How are you a part of transformation around you?

The sun is central to all living things on Earth. It is constant.
We each move through life with a spark of sun inside us and our gathered light intensifies when we are together. Like the sun, we are dynamic and powerfully bright.
Where is your brilliance? What is your energy source? How do you respond to flares and outages in your power? How do you shine?

Life is wild, and it is all around us.
Among the animals, we learn to be tender, tough, and creative. Their beauty and diversity inspires us to great works of compassion and art. Wildlife helps us understand our unique position in the world–and to treasure nature everywhere it flourishes, even within ourselves.

The land is a great gift–and a great responsibility.
It has always been our home and our most important resource. Our food, our water and our shelter all come from the earth. Its beauty inspires us–from its soaring, snow-capped mountains and deep blue lakes to its vast plains and rolling green hills. There are new mysteries to discover every day in the ground beneath our feet.

Oranges in Seventeen Acts

Oranges in Seventeen Acts

with Kerri Rosenstein, 2008 Artist in Residence, and Sam Slater

The class included a series of individual and collaborative project-based initiatives facilitated to encourage creative and critical thinking. Students were encouraged to expand their perspectives of approaching art through the exploration of materials, environment, language, documentation and collaboration. They gained self-confidence and artistic voice through play and problem solving as they responded to their own interpretations of loose parameters established by the instructors and the group. ORANGES is an interdisciplinary arts course that integrates art disciplines/mediums with challenge course philosophy, as well as outdoor adventure. This particular project challenged the students to “turn 2-D into 3-D” with black-and-white photography.

Students: Scrap, Kit Kat, Neon, Ladybug, Poodles, Capain, Pumzy, Lil Mac, Adverb, Replay, Bug, Iris, Jellyfish, Jewel, Kool Aid, Rain, Pitbull, Woodstock, Veatrix, Nemesis, L.A., Coco Butter, Splash, R2D2, Slender, Cactus, Hicks, Soccer, Ziggy, the wav, Superboy, Primrose, Laflor, Buckets, Tiger, Bambi, Backspace, Hulk, DC, Matrix, Snowflake, Inside Out, Shark Boy, The Grouch, Jaguar, ‘Wil Child. Assisted by: Dot and Oddstein.

Location: Hearth Building

Year: 2014