Cardwell was a perfect stop for the trip. Cardwell is another small school with 43 students all excited about their day's art project! There was a group of young men who were in middle school there to greet me when I arrived. They helped me set up the gymnasium with tables, chairs, and the exhibition. When I say helped, I mean they did most of the work. They were a huge help! When the students were exploring the art exhibit one of the student's pointed to an art piece and said, "That's my Aunt." Sure enough the student's aunt was artist, Julia Becker. He was so proud and rightfully so. The younger kids made funky hats while the older kids had fun building their imagination towers and some ended up taking home a gold, silver, and bronze prize for their work. This school was well worth the drive, I think I may have stayed if they had asked.
What a fantastic school!! Willow Creek is such a beautiful school, inside and out. This winter day was unusually sunny and warm and the country surrounding the school was breath taking. It's these small rural communities that give me the sense of home here in Montana. The students at Willow Creek were fantastic and were thrilled to have me at their school. They all enjoyed the exhibition and took their time investigating each piece of artwork. The best part of the day was making the hats with the students. They had great fun getting their hands dirty and using their creativity to design their own hats! The hats all turned out fabulous....as long as they stay out of the rain.
I had the entire Drummond library to set up in for my visit. The library is located directly across the street from the school so it was convenient for the students and for me. The librarian and the teachers remembered the Art Mobile but it had been years since they had a visit. I felt very welcome there. The librarian had pulled out all of the books she had on art and put them on display around the library. It was very cool. The students were all excited and curious about what was in the exhibition. The older students had a fantastic art teacher and they really enjoyed art and talking about it. They had great comments and questions about some of the work. A few of them pointed things out that I would never had noticed on my own. The kindergarteners also came through and were impressed by the art! They couldn't stop oooohing and ahhhing. Just as I was impressed with the hand-painted street signs!
Story about taking Speaking Volumes, Transforming Hate to the elementary audience, by Anna Paige