In my last post, I explained the story behind A Sixth Grade Landscape: an art piece I made out of trash items collected by sixth graders from Chedoke Public School. I visited the class in May to deliver the finished piece, and it was a highlight of my year for sure!
It was wonderful to see all the faces behind the unconventional art materials that went into this artwork. After I revealed the piece to the class, the kids came in for a closer look. Some of them could pick out the pieces they contributed: "that's my old friendship bracelet", "those are my old pencil grips". It was a delight for me to see the kids interact with this work that we had, in essence, created together.
It has been such a thrill to meet a teacher and a group of students who are keen to be more creative and responsible in their approach to garbage. A few weeks ago, Jennifer sent me the article some of her students wrote about our project for their school newsletter. They've summed up the experience better than I ever could.