Thinking through Art: Children, Art, and the Earth

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” ~ W. H. Auden

Dear Families and Friends,

Partners and buddies in tune with one another. Gathering together for a group discussion, kids spoke confidently about what a healthy planet needs. First they reminded one another about what being healthy humans means.  “Exercise, healthy food, not too much candy so that your teeth will stay healthy, doing things and staying active, eating a good breakfast, running and playing, washing your hands a lot, and houses to keep you warm.” Making a quick connection between healthy people and a healthy planet, they were full of ideas well worth illustrating. Students reached for their journals and started drawing. Idyllic scenes with water flowing, plentiful sunshine, no pollution from factories, animals thriving, and enough water to hydrate the earth so that crops would grow leapt from the pages.

They told us a healthy planet has “Trees, forests, birds, worms, predators and prey, manure to help things grow, grass, people, bees, animals, pets, a working society, NO pesticides so that animals can stay healthy, fresh water, peace, unknown people, and NO trash littering the planet. Also kindness.” 

While some pairs went off to print their collagraphs, others used their imaginations to design the planet they’d pictured.DSCF5610

DSCF5606Children at both grade levels realized the value of giving freely to one another.  They worked in unison to spread the ink and make their double animal prints. Big kids advised younger ones, and everyone saw that the more hands on deck, the faster it goes.

DSCF5605Taking part in this collaboration called for sensitivity, compassion, patience, and an open heart. Isn’t that what our world needs more than ever?

LEAPS St. George wouldn’t have happened without the generosity of the Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation (Cincinnati), the support of St. George School and the staff of Jackson Memorial Library.  We want to say a big thank you to the teachers and to children’s Librarian, Sharon Moskowitz, who each year links her love and respect for children with her commitment to literacy and art.

See you on Friday, December 14 at 9 am for a celebration of extraordinary connections and creativity.

DSCF5599With appreciation to the St. George community,

Nancy, Susan, Avis, Dee, Alexis, and Alanna

2 thoughts on “Thinking through Art: Children, Art, and the Earth

  1. If ever I have seen a group of children give more of themselves to their younger peers, I can’t recall it. Fourth graders not only applied their skills as printmakers, gently easing Kindergartners into a complex process,they deepened their relationships with their buddies in a way that will no doubt turn into lasting connections.

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