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Cover Art: Detail from hand-painted watercolor copy (K. Look) of Vincent Van Gogh's 1889 oil painting, Wheat Field with a Reaper.
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Welcome September! Welcome back to school! September is a great time in the North Carolina Triangle to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather by taking family walks at your favorite local parks, at the Eno River State Park in Durham, at Riverwalk in Hillsborough, or at the Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. For more outdoor fun, lots of local parks have disc golf courses through the shady woods and it's an easy sport the whole family can enjoy learning! Visit www.chillkids.com for local hiking trails, disc golf courses at local parks, and for local family fun year-round! This month we'll learn how to make your own papier-mâché project (page 10), and for more inspiration you can go see the giant puppets at the16th Annual Paperhand Puppet giant puppet extravaganza on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays August 7 - September 7 at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill, and at the North Carolina Museum of Art September 11-13. Visit www.paperhand.org for dates, times and ticket information. In this issue we'll also learn about the artist Vincent van Gogh, and see some examples of his paintings (page 11). He painted thousands of paintings during his lifetime! You probably will recognize his paintings, including The Starry Night, and his Still Life Vase with Twelve Sunflowers. What is your favorite van Gogh painting? Have you ever seen a lion, a wolf or a lemur . . . painting? This month we'll learn about animals painting at the Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC) and their very own colorful art gallery display in Graham, NC through early September. If you visit the Conservators Center you can visit the animals in person, and you'll probably hear the Conservators Center lions roar their greetings to one another. This month we'll also learn about the Kepler spacecraft's amazing discovery in July. Read all about it in NASA Space Place on page 4. Do your best every day at school to be kind and encouraging to your classmates and helpful to your teachers. It feels great to help out and brighten someone's day! Have a super September and a great start for a happy and successful new school year!
Take the back to school silly dental quiz! 1. What has teeth but can’t eat? 2. What is the dentist’s favorite thing at the fair? 3. What does a dentist do in an earthquake? 4. What did the dentist see at the North Pole? 5. What did the vampire say when the dentist cleaned his teeth? Answers below.
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Earth’s Cousin - By Katie McKissick,, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The Kepler spacecraft orbits our sun just like Earth does. It scans the starry skies for faraway planets. In July of this year, Kepler made a really amazing discovery. It found a nearly Earth-sized planet orbiting a nearly sun-like star in the habitable zone. That’s the sweet spot in a solar system. The habitable zone is the distance from a star where a planet might be the right temperature to have living things. Since it’s always nice to make new friends, NASA is on the lookout for exoplanets. These are planets outside our solar system. They orbit a faraway star or float freely between stars. We’re especially curious about planets similar to Earth. In our vast universe, with countless galaxies, stars, and planets, are there other planets like our own? Do they have living things we could never imagine? Are there other intelligent living things that are looking for us as we are looking for them? We don’t know! But we’d sure like to find out. The Kepler mission could possibly find such an exoplanet someday. The Kepler spacecraft orbits our sun just like Earth does. It scans the starry skies for faraway planets. It looks for distant stars that decrease in brightness as planets pass in front of them. So far Kepler has found 4,696 possible planets. Of those, 1,030 are definitely planets. Some of them are enormous gas giants like Jupiter, and some of them are small rocky planets like Earth. In July of this year, Kepler made a really amazing discovery. It found a nearly Earth-sized planet orbiting a nearly sun-like star in the habitable zone. That’s the sweet spot in a solar system. The habitable zone is the distance from a star where a planet might be the right temperature to have living things. Earth sits in the habitable zone of our own star, the sun.
This artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
This newly discovered planet is named Kepler-452b It’s named after the star it orbits, which we call Kepler-452. Planet Kepler-452b is about one and a half times bigger than Earth, and it’s probably rocky like Earth is. One year on Kepler-452b lasts 385 days, just a little bit longer than a year here on Earth. The star it orbits is bigger, brighter, and older than our sun is. That means the planet is older too. Could there be life there?
It’s hard to say. Kepler-452b is 1,400 light-years away. That means it takes light, which travels staggeringly fast, 1,400 years to get there. It also means that any communications between the planets would take 1,400 years to be received. So we won’t be sending any text messages to Kepler-452b just yet. But we’ll be watching from afar.
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Deciduous Forest Animal!
Match the leaves to their names and color them: BIRCH, OAK, MAPLE, ASPEN, SYCAMORE, BASSWOOD, BEECH
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Sciurus carolinensis Eastern gray squirrels are found in hardwood and mixed forests with trees that produce nuts. They are one of the few mammals that are truly diurnal â€“ active during the day. They are also active year round, surviving on buried nuts and cones. This habit of burying nuts has the unintended effect of making them tree planters as well!
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Leafy Fun Fact! As the days grow shorter each fall, it causes the breakdown of the green pigment â€“ chlorophyll â€“ in the leaves of deciduous trees. This breakdown ends photosynthesis for the season and allows the other pigments hidden under the stronger green to show through giving us some amazing fall colors.
1. BEECH, 2. MAPLE, 3. BASSWOOD, 4. ASPEN, 5. OAK, 6. SYCAMORE, 7. BIRCH a)mountain ash, b)hemlock, c)hickory, d)white oak, e)sugar maple, f)sycamore
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to Piedmont Electric's 2015 Youth Scholarship Winners! Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation (PEMC) / Touchstone Energy awards youth scholarships to students in the local community every year. In 2015, PEMC awarded two Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships for Summer 2015:
Trey Grizzle of Gravelly Middle School in Orange County received a scholarship for the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
In addition, PEMC chose rising junior Michelle Metzger from Orange County as Piedmont EMC’s youth tourist during this year’s National Rural Electric’s Youth Tour in Washington D.C.
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ANIMAL KINGDOM Have you ever painted on paper with a brush, or finger-painted with your hands directly on the paper at school, art class or at home? Isn’t it fun to take a blank canvas and create a beautiful piece of art? Well, believe it or not, there are many animals at the Conservators Center who are amazing artists, too!
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Painting is a fun, safe way to give the animals that live at the Conservators Center a chance to engage in a great activity with their favorite two-legged (human) assistants, who help the critters with their artistic process. These highly trained staff make sure that the painting process is safe and enjoyable for everyone involved, and no critter is ever forced to paint against his or her will. Art should be fun! Over 50 original works of animal art—created by the claws and paws of the Conservators Center’s residents—were shown at the Suntrust Gallery from July 23rd to September 4th. Proceeds from art sales went to the Conservators Center. If you missed the opportunity to visit the gallery in Graham, no worries! The Wild Paws on Canvas Program was so popular that the Conservators Center staff are already planning to exhibit our wild artists’ work in other galleries across North Carolina throughout the year. Be sure to ask your parents to Ra Lion rocking the blue marine paint after a painting session at the Conservators Center. Photo by Taylor Hattori Images. visit www.ConservatorsCenter.org/news/newsletter and sign up for the Center’s newsletter, so you’ll be the first to know when and where the WILDEST art show in North Carolina will be next! Also visit www.ConservatorsCenter.org for more information about how to visit all of your favorite animals that we have been learning about every month in ChillKids. - By Kasey Thornton, Communications Supervisor at the Conservators Center.
Above: Wild Paws on Canvas Art Gallery display at the SunTrust Gallery in Graham, NC through September 4, 2015.
Above right: Trekkie Monster Wolf paw-painting at the Conservators Center. Image: Kim Pyne.
Arthur Tiger smiling during a painting session. Photo by Taylor Hattori Images.
Reno Bobcat painting at the Conservators Center. Photo by Taylor Hattori Images.
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The 15th Annual Library of Congress NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL takes place in Washington, DC on Sept. 5, 2015.
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Nothing sparks a child's imagination like a puppet show! Please join us for Snow White and Rose Red, a traditional fairy tale with simple silk marionette puppets performed on a table-top silk scenery. The puppeteers can be seen as they guide the puppets. The natural beauty of the puppet show invites the children's imagination into a dream-like mood. Suggested ages 3-9 years.
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ALL ABOUT ART Vincent van Gogh was a famous post impressionist artist whose work you probably recognize. Maybe you have even practiced drawing or painting a copy of one of his paintings in an art class or at home. This month's ChillKids cover art is a copy
The Art of Vincent Van Gogh Although his paintings during this period seem "Stars sparkling, greenish, yellow, white, and cheerful and bright, van Gogh endured many in my head a starry night." challenges over the years, including his struggle to - Vincent van Gogh earn a living as an artist, and health issues. In 1889
van Gogh realized he wasn't well, and he committed himself to a hospital. Even though he wasn't well, he continued to paint beautiful paintings, with lots of magical-looking cypress trees and swirling colors, including his very famous painting, The Starry Night.
(painted with watercolor paints) of an oil painting by van Gogh called Wheat Field with a Reaper. Vincent van Gogh was born in the Netherlands on March 30, 1853. His father and grandfather were ministers, and he had other family members who were artists, sculptors and art dealers. He had two brothers and three sisters. Throughout his life, Vincent was closest to his younger brother Theo. Vincent always liked to draw from the time he was a young child, but he did not paint until he was older. He worked in a bookstore, at an art gallery, as a teacher and also as a minister before he decided to begin working full-time as an artist when he was around 27 years old.
The Starry Night (Vincent van Gogh, 1889).
Cafe Terrace at Night (Vincent van Gogh, 1888).
Bedroom in Arles (Vincent van Gogh, 1889).
At first, Vincent liked to sketch drawings with pencils and charcoal, and to paint watercolor paintings. His frequent subjects included the local farms and hard-working poor people. He later switched from watercolor to using oil paints. Many of his early pictures had darker, sad color tones, often showing the hardship of poor farm workers and their families. But when Vincent moved to Paris in 1866 to learn about a new style of painting called Impressionism, he began to use brighter colors, and his subjects included the scenes and countryside around the city of Paris. He became friends with other artists, and learned from many of the painters of his time who also lived in Paris, including Paul Gaugin, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas. Vincent began painting portraits of himself to help him continue to master his painting skills when he couldn't find models.
The Sower detail, (Vincent van Gogh, 1888), shown with letter to Theo describing the painting.
Vincent van Gogh, Self Portrait.
Van Gogh died at the age of 37 in Auvers-surOise, France. Even though van Gogh wasn't famous during his lifetime, he is now considered to be one of the world's greatest artists. Now his paintings sell for millions of dollars, but when Vincent was alive no one wanted to buy them. There are over 800 surviving oil paintings as well as over a thousand water colors and sketches of his work.
He painted more than thirty self portraits between the years 1886 and 1889. Vincent's brother Theo worked in an art gallery in Paris, and he helped Vincent's art career. Theo often sent money to Vincent, as well as encouraging letters. Much of what we know about Vincent van Gogh's life is thanks to the many letters that Vincent and Theo wrote to one another over the years. Vincent wrote more than 650 letters to his brother, often describing his most recent paintings. Theo tried to sell Vincent's paintings for him at the art gallery where Theo worked, but he was not successful. Theo believed in his brother's work and never gave up promoting Vincent's art work and supporting him financially.
When Vincent was around 35 years old, he left Paris and rented a cheerful yellow house in Arles, France in 1888. He loved the bright, colorful, sunny landscapes of Arles, and he wanted to start a community where other artists could come to live and paint. There, van Gogh painted hundreds of paintings, choosing vibrant, bright colored paints, sometimes applying the paint very thickly straight out of the oil paint tube. (The thick Pages from one of Vincent van Gogh's many letters to his brother Theo. paint would take a long time to dry!)
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In some of his self portraits, Vincent van Gogh's ear is bandaged. In the pictures it looks like his right ear was bandaged, but it really was his left ear. He was using a mirror to paint himself (mirror image).
Still Life Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (Vincent van Gogh).
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Make a Papier-Mâché Mask!
Step 1. Gather the materials needed for your papier-mâché, including newspaper, white computer paper and some white glue and water for your paste. Inflate a balloon. Avoid blowing it up too much or else it may pop. The size of the balloon will be the size of your mask.
Each year Paperhand Puppet Intervention (based in Saxapahaw, NC) writes, creates, builds and performs a giant summer pageant/play. This year's performance is called A Drop in the Bucket: The Big Dreams of Tiny Things. (See the September calendar on page 9 for details.)
Cover your work space with an old tablecloth, or sheets of newspaper. Wear something to protect your clothes (like an apron or smock). Tear the papers into strips (about 1 inch wide x 6 inches long) or smaller squares, depending on the size of your balloon. You'll need enough for at least three newspaper layers and one white computer paper layer, in addition to paper for any additional sculpting you may want to add to the mask.
Paperhand Puppet co-founder Donovan Zimmerman is shown above right holding his giant Don Quixote papier-mâché mask, created for the "I Am Quixote Festival." Zimmerman is pictured here in an interview by Nikki Schell (YouTube video), describing the creation process for making the giant Don Quixote puppet mask.
Step 2. To make the paste, mix two parts white glue and 1 part water. Mix it well. The paste will be easiest to use if it's in a shallow tray or wide brimmed bowl. Next you will cover the balloon with papier-mâché (steps 3 & 4).
In addition to their annual summer spectacle, throughout the year Paperhand Puppet takes part in all kinds of public celebrations, offering learning opportunities, workshops and teaching about the great world of puppetry! Visit www.paperhand.org for more information.
This simple papier-mâché mask is a fun craft for kids to make. It can be used for a rainy day craft at home, for a costume party, or for putting on your own play for your family and friends.
Balloon(s) Glue & water Newspaper & white computer paper Needle Scissors Bowl or tray Rubber band Paint & other decorations
Step 3. One by one, dip the newspaper strips into the paste, covering both sides of the paper. Shake off the excess into the bowl or using the inside edge of the bowl. Step 4: Lay each newspaper strip flat against the balloon horizontally. Overlap each strip with a new one. When you finish the first layer, let it dry completely before you start the next layer. For the second layer, apply the strips vertically. Again, let it dry completely between layers. For the third layer, apply the strips horizontally.
Step 9: Push a rubber band (cut in half) through the holes and make a knot on each side. If you don't have a rubber band, you may use string, ribbon or a long piece of elastic. Step 10: Paint your mask with acrylic paints; add glitter, sequins, beads, feathers, bits of fabric, or other scraps to create your amazing mask creation!
Did you know? "Papier" (pronounced pap-ee-ay) is the French word for "paper." Mâché (pronounced mash-ay) is the French word for "chewed."
Step 5: After all three newspaper strip layers have dried, apply a final papiermâché layer, this time using the white computer paper strips. Allow it to dry completely. This may take several hours. Step 6. Ask the grown-up supervising the project to help you pop the balloon with a needle. For safety reasons, be sure to pop it away from your face. You've now got the base of your mask! Step 7. The supervising grown-up helping you with your mask project can use scissors to cut the completed/dry papier-mâché newspaper ball in half. Depending on how much of the balloon you covered, you may end up with two separate masks, one large mask, or a mask that can be cut down to size. Step 8: The supervising grown-up can then cut two holes for eyes, small air holes for the nose, and possibly one for the mouth. If you're going to wear it, make sure the holes line up! In addition, poke a very small hole on each side to hold the band that will keep the mask on your face. Optional: If you'd like to create some sculpted features, add them after you have cut the balloon shape into two halves to create your mask. (You can create 2 masks with one balloon if the balloon is large enough.) You can mold the wet papier-mâché strips into sculpted shapes and apply them to your mask. For example, you can form eyebrows, cheekbones, lips or features to look like an animal's face.
Have fun making your mask!
Parents & Teachers can check out Mr. Otter Art Studio at www.facebook.com/otterstudio for free online children's art classes and for detailed instructions/video for making a fox mask like the one shown above, using a balloon and papier-mâché.
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North America's Tallest Peak, Mt. McKinley, Will Now Be Called Denali
The name of North America's tallest peak previously was officially named Mt. McKinley in 1896, in honor of President McKinley (the 25th President of the United States). Its name has now been changed back to its previous name, Denali. The National Park where Mt. McKinley (now Denali) is located has been called Denali National Park and Preserve since 1980. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, signed an order officially changing the name of the 20,320-foot (6,194-meter) peak in Alaska from Mount McKinley to Denali on August 30, 2015.
Denali is the mountain peak's traditional name in the local Koyukon Athabascan language. It means "the great one." To avoid confusion National Geographic has clarified that it will refer to the peak as Denali (Mt. McKinley), with the variant for the new official name in parentheses. Denali has a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level, making it the highest peak in North America and the northernmost mountain above 6,000 meters elevation in the world. Measured from base to peak at some 18,000 ft (5,500 m), it is also the largest of any mountain entirely above sea level.
Vincent's Colors Words and pictures by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's foremost artists. Throughout his life, he wrote many letters to his younger brother, Theo, about his colorful, dynamic paintings. (Learn more about Vincent van Gogh on page 11). Compiled and published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Vincent's Colors matches the artist's paintings with his own words taken from the letters he wrote. Vincent's Colors reflects the universal appeal of van Gogh's work, and his paintings and poetic descriptions are perfect for introducing children to the language of color and creativity.
Van Gogh's descriptions, arranged as a simple rhyme, introduce young readers to all the colors of the rainbow and beyond. There is a single line of text per spread, each facing a full reproduction or a detail of the painting that corresponds to the line. The simple words combine with beautiful reproductions of many of van Gogh's most beloved and important works to create a beautiful art book for young and old alike. For beginning readers (Grades 1 - 3) and art lovers of all ages.
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SEPTEMBER 2015 Flick Picks Cinderella
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(On DVD: September )
(In Theaters: September 25, 2015)
The "Drac pack" is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania, and Dracula’s rigid monsteronly hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But Drac (voiced by Adam Sandler) is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. Drac tries to teach his grandson how to fly, but Dennis doesn't exactly pick it up on his first try.
Available on DVD on September , this new version of the classic Walt Disney 1950's animated musical story features lush scenery and music, and an all-star cast of actors portraying the beloved Cinderella fairy tale. When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Ella does not give up hope, however, and her fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods. There are several new twists in this version; viewers may be as surprised as Ella is by her sudden, magical good fortune from the least expected places. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, "Cinderella" stars Lily James as Ella ("Cinderella"), with Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (the Wicked Stepmother), and Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother. Rated G. 1 hr. 43 min. (Walt Disney Productions.)
Meanwhile, Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny (voiced by Adam Samberg) – and she's in for a major cultural shock of her own! “Vampa” Drac enlists his monster friends to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. Little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty! Rated PG (for some scary images, action and rude humor). 1 hr. 25 min. Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures.
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The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults
The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!
1. It's "crunch" time: Everybody knows that an apple is a delicious fall ____ 3. It's a word that means "nightfall" and rhymes with "tusk" 7. If it begins to rain while you're taking a walk, the first drop will probably fall on your ___ 8. Autumn art: When you're coloring a picture of a tree in the fall, you might choose to use a red, orange or brown _____ 10. Daylight savings time tip: November is the month when people set their clocks ____ one hour 11. This year, the first day of fall falls on ______ 23rd 14. Where you are if you see a trapeze artist stumble and fall into the safety net below her 16. It's where a cookie crumb might end up if it falls out of your mouth
5. Season after autumn 6. Source of every teardrop 7. Age-old question: If a tree falls in the forest and nobody ____ it, does it make a sound?" 9. What you could do to a canoe to dunk everyone in it 12. Even the best gymnast will fall if he loses his _____ 13. Timeless bedtime classic, like "Rock-a-Bye Baby," which warns of what happens when the bough breaks (How is THAT a soothing song?!) 15. Fall is the time to pull it out Parents Down of the closet 1. It followed the rise of the 17. Container that Jack (or Jill) Roman empire (and the probably lost a grip on as word "into" in this puzzle's they fell down that hill theme title) 2. 1D family feast that focuses 19. Old adage: "If you don't _____ for something, you'll on gratitude fall for anything" 4. Sudden impact: What a bolt of lightning can do to a tree 20. One piece of paper torn from a looseleaf notebook that causes it to fall
Falling into Fall
18. Big sacks that hold autumn leaves after you've raked them 21. Tiny 18A of dried leaves dunked in cups of boiling water make this hot, tasty drink 22. A section cut from a fallen tree that is ready for a family's fireplace 23. It's the color of most leaves before autumn arrives 24. A fall farewell: What is the last word one leaf might say to another one as it falls from their tree?
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