Welcome to Project Peace!
Welcome to Project Peace: Confronting Bullying through Art! Mills Lawn students, grades K-6 will be participating in a school-wide community art project celebrating heroes and peacemakers. Students have been working with school counselor, Mr. Gudgel, and their classroom teachers to understand bullying behavior and build strategies for showing integrity and empathy at school, home, and in their community. Students will share their ideas for standing up for others and speaking out against bullying or intimidation through messages of peace included in the artwork. Check out the resources page for a booklist, lesson plans, and media resources.
Kindergarten students (with six grade buddies) and first graders will create fabric messages of kindness or peace. These dyed fabric messages will be tied around the bamboo border of the three panel artwork (see resources page for a one page summary of the Kindergarten/1st Grade Art Lesson).
Second and third grade students will be studying Adinkra symbols from West Africa and creating their own symbols representing peace, kindness, love, integrity, friendship, etc. Students will use their symbol to participate in printmaking an inner border for each of the three panels for the final artwork.
Fourth and fifth grade students will be responsible for researching and selecting three hero/peacemakers (one portrait for each panel of the artwork). Students will work collaboratively to create large scale contour drawing of each hero/peacemaker. Quotations by or about each influential figure will be layered on top of the contour drawing.
In addition to acting as buddies with kindergarten students, sixth grade students will participate in indigo dyeing based on textile traditions from India and found around the world.
Indigo dyed fabric will then be used for more fabric messages of peace. Students will also document school-wide participants through the creation of a scroll with the names of all participants.
Sixth graders also have the opportunity to participate in special sessions with the visiting artist and act as leaders and designers to add the final touches to the artwork (including sewing and beading among other finishing work).
Progress on “Project Peace: Confronting Bullying through Art” will part of the Yellow Springs Art Council‘s upcoming show, “Art for Social Change”. Attendees of the show on the day of the opening, February 15th, will be invited to record their stories of being bullied, bullying, and standing up for others. Recorded stories will be posted on this blog, and sixth grade students at Mills Lawn will have an opportunity to respond to the stories directly or channel their response through the school-wide hero/peacemaker artwork.
The final artwork will be displayed temporarily at Antioch University Midwest and an opening will be held on March 24th. Students, families, and the community are invited to celebrate Project Peace: Confronting Bullying through Art! Following the display at AUM, the artwork will be brought back to Mills Lawn School and displayed there.
Thank you to the Village Human Relations Commission, Yellow Springs Arts Council, and Mills Lawn for funding and supporting visiting artists Allison Paul and Deb Housh as facilitators of Project Peace: Confronting Bullying through Art.