Dixon is a great school, tucked away in small town on the beautiful Highway 200. There are about 100 students grades k-8. They loved the artworks and they loved making their own! The younger group made such fantastic prints that the older students were intimidated.
Just a hop, skip, and a throw away from home, Corvallis was a quick trip down the Bitterroot Valley. Peggy Leverton, the middle school art teacher, has been hosting the Art Mobile for years and was very excited to have it back. We spent the day with her 7th graders who were very impressed with the artwork I was able to magically pull out of my van. They all had a favorite piece and great opinions about the content of the work. I had the privilege of being invited to lunch with a few of the 7th grade girls, and I got the scoop on the all the latest 7th grade news, over nachos, salad, and chocolate milk. I thoroughly enjoyed my drive home, exploring different roads through the valley I love so much.
I woke up well rested and refreshed after my stay at the historical Boulder Hot Springs. There is nothing like a hot soak when you're on the road, traveling place to place. Boulder is a really nice town, nested in the beautiful Peace Valley. My day at the school was filled with fun projects and great discussions about art. The middle school students got really creative in their collage competitions, I especially liked Dr. Who.
Basin is a picturesque mountain town, tucked away in a small canyon north of Butte. I pulled up and was welcomed by a town dog that followed me to the school. When I left Missoula, it was a promising warm and sunny day. When I arrived in Basin, there was three inches of fresh snow. The school house was beautiful, and I found out that it was over one hundred years old. The students were very helpful and unloaded the van with me. Their interest in the exhibit was obvious, and they could hardly contain their excitement. When we made our own artworks, the students kept asking me if they could bring their work home. I told them "of course", but they kept asking me. They couldn't believe their luck. I couldn't believe mine.
I had such a great day at Bonner School, which was just a quick trip from home for me. The students loved looking at the artwork and I loved sharing it with them. The highlight of my day was when I was invited to the elementary school's dance performance, Where the Wild Things Are. It was incredible! Apparently the school has the only elementary dance teacher in the state. How lucky are they? If only every school was so lucky. It was a fine day for the arts in Bonner School and I was happy to be a part of it.
Story about taking Speaking Volumes, Transforming Hate to the elementary audience, by Anna Paige