Twelve 8th grade students and their instructors visited Arcosanti from Tuesday afternoon October 23. to Friday October 26. 2012. Part of their activities was an in depth tour of the Ceramics Studio and a demonstration of the Bronze Foundry activities with a bronze pour. They had a class with Randall Schultz where they learned the silt-casting techniques that are used on many of the Arcosanti buildings. During this class each student made their own silt-cast plaster tile.

[Mountain Oaks students at a solar lecture with Arcosanti solar expert Dr. Sparks, aka Michael Bittman; photo by alumna and archive volunteer Ester Meyer & text by Sue Kirsch]

The students toured the hightunnel greenhouse with Arcosanti staff Isaac Mueske. They also had a visit to the chickens and learned about compost and wormaculture from. And they spent a morning with the Guestroom Greenhouse Construction crew.

Here the group is with Arcosanti instructor Cliff Hersted in a lecture about the local Pueblo and River Antelope Hunting Walls and in the next photo we see Cliff with the students on a hike to view same hunting walls and some of the local Petroglyphs. 

[photo by alumna and archive volunteer Ester Meyer & text by Sue Kirsch]

Mountain Oak School opened its doors on August 21st, 1999. A group of dedicated parents and community members had an educational vision of a Waldorf-methods charter school for Prescott. Waldorf, the fastest-growing independent school movement in the world, operates under the philosophy that in order to develop critical thinking, a child needs an active and creative imagination. Focus is on educating the whole child—head, heart and hands.  Movement, handwork, music and Spanish language classes are an integral part of the student’s daily curriculum.

[photo courtesy Cliff Hersted & text from Mountain Oaks web-site]

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