For our lesson, I wanted to do something based on place. Since I know the community well, I felt comfortable bringing photos and ideas that reflected Elliston. Students were to draw and color a place in Elliston that is special to them. That image was then pasted on the jar. The front of the jar “the foreground” was painted with a tree for the younger students and the older students chose their own foreground. After the jars were painted and the backgrounds illustrated, I told the students that I had collected water from the Little Blackfoot River. We filled the jars with the river water. The water in the jar distorts the background which makes the project very exciting for the younger students. I told the students, “Now you can take Elliston water with you wherever you go. It’s both a painting and a sculpture!”
After school, parents and community members stopped in the gym to see the student’s artwork and to see the Art Mobile of Montana exhibit. My mom and my aunt made sweets, brought coffee & juice, and fruit to the gym. It was a great turn out! I talked to many community members about the program and the town really enjoyed it. Students were also excited to show their parents the art they had made that day. There was so much work put into getting the community together and having food ready that day. I could not have done it without my family and the support of the community.