The students at Penn Treaty are diligently working on their new art room. In honor of Halloween, they now have string spider webs and paper bats hung up throughout the room, and the newest addition this week was positive quotes that came from our students. They came up with some awesome encouraging phrases that are now hanging down throughout the spiderwebs and Halloween art.
One of our students wrote, “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others, you need to accept yourself.” These are powerful words from the young minds in our community. In a society so conflicted about identity and acceptance, it’s encouraging to see our students building each other up and promoting self-acceptance. If we can build up this younger generation with words like what this one student said, we will be able to have such a stronger and more empowering societal view and outlook on the world.
After this, they learned how to symmetry works and how to use this in art. Symmetry is found everywhere including: architecture, paintings, animals, and nature in general. It is such a cool concept when we notice it and even more fun to create. They were able to experiment by using paint and chalk on one side of the paper and then folding it in half, imprinting it on the opposite side. These worked really well and they were able to create a bunch of symmetrical pumpkins, spiderwebs, butterflies, and spiders. Hopefully, they will be able to go home and see the art that appears around us and use this as they continue building in their art skills.