I Dream A World

“I Dream a World”

Bravo to the 4th graders of Toll Gate Grammar and Bear Tavern Elementary for their beautiful performance in, “I Dream a World.”

Wednesday, March 12th was a night filled with art, song, and music. Our Fourth Graders sang their dreams for the world in the most powerful and breathtaking of ways. Students wrote and sang about real world issue like homelessness, bullying, world hunger, peace, and war, and they did so in the most thoughtful of ways.  I hope what you take away from this experience is that your voices can truly impact and change the world.

Our performance on March 12th, marked the end of our Artist-in-Residency with Mr. and Mrs. McCall. We will truly miss working with them, for they have brought so much passion, energy, and joy to our students. Here are some pictures from the practice and performance of, “I Dream a World.”

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“I Dream A World” Final Day of Clay


ImageOur Clay Classroom 

It was a special day in the art room, as our Fourth Graders put final touches on their self-portraits. The sense of pride and excitement could be seen and felt by all who entered our room. It has been a gift having Mrs. McCall with us these last few weeks. Take a look at what our 4th graders have created with their hands, clay and a tooth pick. We will be working with Mrs. McCall to create the bases of our portraits later this week. These will be done with paint on canvas. Bring your dreams to art!

There was so much to be proud of today. I saw students helping one another, sharing words of kindness, and working through challenges.

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“I Dream A World” Day 1

Today was Day One of our, “I Dream A World” Artist-in-Residency. We kicked off our project working from the prompt, “What is your dream for the world?” In just 4 minutes students had a song and were singing it together as a grade level. So cool! The creativity of my Fourth Graders amazes me.


Our Artist, Pauline McCall and Musician, Robb McCall


Fourth Graders created songs, played bucket drums, and worked in clay. 


Our Artist, Pauline McCall, demonstrating the slab base for our self portraits in the round.





 Our 4th Graders rocking out with Mr. McCall. Let’s Do this! 

Thursday will be our second day of workshops. Think NO SNOW! 

I Dream A World

Toll Gate 4th Graders will begin their Artist-in-Residence this week! We are excited to partner with Bear Tavern 4th Graders on this special project. On Monday TG will welcome Artist-in-Residents from Raising Music, Pauline Houston-McCall and Robb McCall to answer the question “What is Your Dream for the World?” 

I dream A world hands mapsThe purpose of this residency is to give our children the voice to express their thoughts and feelings through song, music, and art. I love this quote by Pauline, “Art is another way of speaking to the world.” I felt an immediate connection upon meeting Pauline and Robb back in October.  I knew what a huge gift it would be to have them work with our TG students. A huge thank you to Joslyn Johnson, Art Teacher at Bear Tavern, for inviting us to take part in this dream project.

In Art, students will work with Pauline Houston-McCall and myself to create a personal, reflective piece of sculpture using CLAY! Our fourth graders will learn about creating a self portrait in the round using correct proportions. These will be on display at the PAC on our performance day.

In Music, students will be working with Robb McCall and Ms. Passerella to create several songs surrounding their dreams for the world. Together their dreams will be turned into songs and performed with BT students. Our performance date will be Wednesday, March 12th at the Performing Arts Center. Bring the family out for a night of song, music, and art.

Our kickoff to the Residency will begin this Monday Feb. 10th. Bring your beautiful voices, thoughtful ideas, and creativity. Be on the look out for daily pictures and blog posts on this project.