In the Classroom: Fly Away

Substitute Kerstin Davis recently spent two days at Harris Middle School with 85, 7th graders creating and flying kites inspired by Chinese and Japanese tradition.  Kerstin substituted for Lori Huskins Social Studies class and discussed the invention of papermaking and its influence on Asian countries to connect to the Asian Studies curriculum of the class to the kite making lesson.  Chinese inspired kites were designed with special attention to cultural and spiritual meaning and Japanese inspired kites were built and flown with the Edo fighting kites in mind.  The culmination of designing and building the kites was a great day of flying!

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e-mail Program Manager Stacey Lane at: staceylane@penland.org

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

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Anne Phillips
Pat Benard
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