I arrived to Cool Spring earlier with plenty of time to spare. With the extra time, I was able to interact with the 6-8 grade class. There was big talk about the Sage Creek students coming to Cool Spring. They said, “Those people are strangers!” the school teacher said, “No, they aren’t they are just like you.” It was a perfect event for the two colonies to get together for a fun event. When the students saw Jill Brody’s photograph they were curious about which colony it was taken at. We discovered that it was taken at Eagle Creek. I showed them Jill’s book of photographs. They could not keep their hands off of it! One student found a photograph of themselves. I was lucky enough to share lunch with the entire colony at the main hall. One of the women gave me some tasty bread to take home. During the art lesson, everyone dived right in to the messy pastels. (Jackets were hung up!) . At the end of the lesson, we took a picture of all the students with their beautiful art works.
When I first arrived to the downtown site for the workshops and presentation, I needed help unloading the van. A man walking down the street offered to carry the panels in for me. I told him that the art exhibit would be open to the public at 4pm. Sure enough, he stopped back in to look at the artwork!
There were two different workshops one for k-5 and another for 5-12. The K-5 children made hats. A few of the kids made pirate hats and eye patches to match. Montana Arts Council Member Judy Ulrich stopped by the hat making workshop to say hello. During the found poetry workshop, we listened to music because it was almost silent! All 6 participants were completely engrossed in the project. A mother and daughter came in for this workshop. They worked together on the found poetry piece. Mandy and I kept the artwork from the found poetry project and displayed them for the public exhibit in the evening. The families of our artists came to see their children’s art and the Art Mobile exhibit.
Story about taking Speaking Volumes, Transforming Hate to the elementary audience, by Anna Paige