Rice Village of Kindness

Rice Village of Kindness
Posted on 03/14/2019
Happy Youth Art Month!!!

In celebration of this special month, W.G. Rice student artists have just finished a collaborative art/guidance schoolwide project called “The W.G. Rice Village of Kindness.” This project was lead by art teacher Mrs. Lutz and guidance counselor Mrs. Rech. They were inspired to create the Village after reading “The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Pinkerton, a book about being true to ones originality. More inspiration came from viewing the friendly cityscape paintings of James Rizzi and learning about a similar village created by art teacher Cassie Stephens from Tennessee. 

Currently, the village is being displayed in the 2nd grade wing. If you are in the building, please stop by and check it out. It’s about 40 feet long, so you can’t miss it! 

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Kindergarten artists played a special role in the creation of the village. They have become experts on holding their paint brushes properly and achieving beautiful lines. It only seemed natural for them to paint the background and grassy area of the Village of Kindness. They continue to learn about the Elements of Art with special emphasis on line, color, and shape.  With all the recent snow, it was fitting that students created some very cool (colored) snowmen who are hanging out in the Kindergarten wing. More recently, kinder artists were introduced to a special friend, Larry the Line, who taught them about different types of lines that can be made in art. He only visited for a short time because Larry is a snake. Some of these precocious artists quietly commented on Larry only being a stuffed animal snake. They tried, however, not to say it to loud, so it didn’t hurt his feelings. Kinder artists have also just begun a new way to showcase their painting and drawing skills via Line Monsters. Look for pictures of these creations on our Art Twitter page soon.

Rice’s 1st and 2nd students grade have been working equally as hard on their contribution to The Village of Kindness. Each 1st and 2nd grade student made individual houses, and each class has a neighborhood in the Village. The 1st and 2nd grade students worked hard to create a beautiful exterior to their work.  During the process, they learned more about using cool and warm colors, pattern, sculpture, and how art can motivate. More than just small works of art, each house contains a powerful, positive statement behind its front door. Students developed what they would put behind their doors after learning about kindness and how to be a good friend during their guidance class.

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The project was a nice collaboration of both departments down to final installation of the display. 

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Save the date. May 4, 2019, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, is the W.G. Rice Elementary and Iron Forge Elementary Art Show.