New Mexican Woodcarving
Our beloved traditional New Mexican woodcarving program provides an interdisciplinary experience for sixth-grade students who study the art and history of Islamic culture.
The students practice precision in measurement and calculation as they develop their own design patterns inspired by the rich Moorish traditions brought to our region from Spain. Then, with the focus, patience, and precision necessary to the task, the girls apprentice with master woodcarver, Miguel Chavez, who guides them as they ultimately produce a fine piece of traditionally carved furniture.
We offer elective classes which expose students to a wide range of subjects. Arts-related electives have included African dance and drumming, choral composition, belly dancing, fashion design, book making, sewing, calligraphy, drama, baking, photography, and others. Non-arts electives have included American Sign Language, wilderness survival skills, fencing, strength training, Assistance Dogs of the West, volleyball, yoga, auto mechanics, and more.
Bliss is a Ripe Periwinkle Peach,
take a deep breath in and allow life to lose its details,
like the juicy dribble
that runs down your cheek.
The harmless fuzz that doesn’t need a purpose,
allows a bite, or just a nibble.
(from an exercise based on Emily Dickinson’s “Hope is a Thing with Feathers”)