As the school year winds down, 4th graders are paying it forward with kindness rocks. Each 4th grader is painting two rocks with inspirational words, sayings or images. One rock they keep and can do with as they please. The other, they are placing in the garden in front of the school. On the last week of school each 4th grader will take a rock, someone else's and then put is somewhere else in the world to be found by, hopefully a stranger.... The seed for this idea came from many places. Our after care director Samantha told me of a peace garden at a former school where kids painted inspirational rocks and left them. I have been thinking about random acts of kindness and how kids can create positive culture through making art. I also have been thinking of art as gift... the act of giving of oneself. This all came together in this project. Then just as I was introducing to the kids I found on line that there is something called the Kindness Project, similar to what we are doing. Take a look at the front garden if you can. Below are some examples of the lovely rocks that kids are producing.
A HUGE shout out to the PTO for providing extra funds to purchase amazing paint markers for this end of year project.
Third Graders ended the year in the Art Studio exploring the concept of self portraits with a twist- Picasso Style. Picasso was an artist whose work and contribution to new ways of seeing I revisit year after year. This year we read a book about Picasso’s early years and how those years were not easy for him. We also learned about the style of art he developed called Cubism. In Cubism an artist often sees an object or person from many different sides and incorporates those points of view into the one work of art. In our Picasso style selfie’s we drew ourselves from profile and head on and then added clues in the work that revealed things about us. We also used color expressively. Years ago, a second grade student came up with this statement. He said, “ Mrs. Higgison, paintings don't give you answers, they give you clues." It struck me at the time and still does as one of the best definitions of art and so very true and so I will end the year with that quote to you all. These expressive and colorful selfies give us clues about the artist and I hope you enjoy them as much as the kids enjoyed making them. I am posting a few here to give the flavor of the work. Kids really enjoyed the freedom this lesson allowed and I think its evident in the work.