Year 1, Arc 2: By Hand


While studying things a person does by hand, the Brightworks students were exposed small group collaboration, fine motor skill acquisition, philosophical discussions about our own hands and what happens if you lose a hand, and were able to have the experience of beginning and finishing multiple small scale projects.  They also had further exposure to diverse experts inside and outside of the school, who demonstrated skills and guided the students as they learned to knit, felt, butcher meat, make ravioli, master sewing machines, and represent their ideas through art, among many other experiences. Through assigned small groups, the bands negotiated the challenges and successes of settling on ideas as a group rather than as individuals, and worked together to create quilts, forests, boats, a stop-motion animation short film, laser-cut comic books, and five-flavor candy.

By Hand blog posts can be found here.