Fall 2016 Intersession

October 3-7

Arizona Trails Marcus Whitaker

back1Come join us on a 4 day jaunt through the wild and beautiful spaces of Southern Arizona.  We’ll stay 2 nights at a remote cabin; have a two day one night backpacking trip on the Arizona Trail; learn about historic adobe building preservation and spend a morning learning about cattle ranching and steer roping.  Tents and camping equipment provided.  Bring a backpack.

Coastal Ecology in Mexico – Joe Boehm

rocky12Just across the border in Mexico lies a sea coast with  one of the highest tidal ranges in the world.  During our intersession in October there will be a very low tide and we will be able to walk far into the inter-tidal zone to learn about the abundant sea life, while only getting wet up to our knees.  We will stay at the CEDO Institute (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), outside of the town of Puerto Peñasco.  We’ll also examine the ecologically diverse nearby estuary, and visit a school to get a glimpse of some of the everyday activities of our neighbors in Mexico.  A valid US Passport is required and we need parent drivers willing to help transport students to Rocky Point.

Death & Us – Stephanie O’Halloran 

death5Are you curious about death? Let’s explore how different cultures deal with death. We’ll learn about different funeral rituals including “green burials” and pet cemeteries. We’ll visit a mortuary and cemetery, read famous poems about death and do some writing of our own. Through film, field trips and guest speakers we will explore the ‘Dia de los Muertos’ traditions and get involved with Tucson’s own All Souls Procession by creating memorial art. If you had one year to live, what would you do? Explore this and other questions as we examine the meaning of life and death and discover what matters most.

Forensics – Deborah Barca

for3This intersession will focus on both the legal and forensic aspects of criminal investigation. We will analyze DNA samples, gather fingerprints, and learn how insect life cycles are linked to time of death. We will also explore the evolving world of digital forensics.  We will visit the city, state, and county courthouses as we learn about criminal law. While there we will observe live court proceedings, and even visit with a Pima Superior Court judge.

Leaf Parts to Sheafs of Art Seth Smith

leaf4In this intersession, we will get to hang out on Mt. Lemmon and draw the plants we see around us, slice and dice flowers to see how they’re put together, and harvest wild plants that are usually thought of as weeds. We will spend most of our time outside enjoying the weather as it cools, and learning about how plants are related to each other as we turn them into art! You will each go home with a professional print of your original botanical drawing!

Tall Buildings – Patrick Kelly

tall3If you want to understand what’s most important to a society, don’t examine its art or literature, simply look at its biggest buildings.” Joseph Campbell  They captivate us, they hold up the sky. We want to climb them, to ride elevators to the stars. On top we hold our breath, afraid to look down, but we must. From there we look across the city, seeing our world not as humans but as winged explorers. When they fall down we mourn. What systems support our daily needs? What will we find underneath? How do they survive earthquakes and fires? What are their histories?  Let’s explore these questions!

What Do You Want to MAKE? – Kathy Moore

maker24“If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”  Join us for a week of exploring the design process using our wood working tools, sewing machines, and electronics as we continue to roll out our MakerSpace at PFFS-Downtown.  We’ll choose a project to make for the school community and individual projects to take home.  Our focus will be on creativity, functionality, and safe use of tools and equipment.  During the week we’ll go shopping for materials at hardware and hobby/craft stores; take field trips to local MakerSpaces and workshops; work with community experts; make and share a meal together; and host a final demonstration and exhibition of our completed projects.  The possibilities are endless, what do you want to make?



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