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"Circles of Community" are represented in second grade community art show

"Circles of Community" are represented in second grade community art show

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

-Pablo Picasso

Which of these portraits remind YOU of a Picasso?

Stuart Community Art Show
By Heidi Echternacht and the second grade Poppies

Thank you for coming to our Stuart community art show! This is an integrated social studies, art and literacy project called "Expanding Circles of Community" that was recently featured in the New York Times. This year, we've added an exciting digital component to the project.

We started this project on the first day of school by completing a questionnaire about ourselves and drawing our own portrait. We then transcribed the questions into sentences and then finally checked our work for correct spelling, punctuation and capitalization. We then interviewed and drew people in our class as well as members of our family.

We then expanded our circle of community to learn more about teachers in the Lower School, interviewing them and drawing their portraits. We found each person's office or work place on blueprints of the school. We grew the circle even larger to include the greater Stuart community, interviewing people we might see each day, finding them on the map of the school and drawing their portraits in art class with Mr. Duque.

Our next circle will take us to Princeton, where we will learn about people from long ago and people in Princeton now. We will use the same interview and portrait format which will eventually include a research component. We will host a Princeton community art show at the Princeton Public Library the week of November 27. Click here for the digital version of the show.

Click here for pictures.

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