A special thanks to first grade parent Regina Davis who came into the art room during my time with Ms. Howard's class to read a touching book about a homeless woman titled "The Lady in the Box" … a wonderful story by Ann McGovern about how a young brother and a sister befriend a homeless woman and how it enriches their lives.
The illustrations were full of gorgeous visual texture… a concept our first graders have been exploring this winter. After reading this story, three classes of our first graders created cards for Miriam's Kitchen and Ms. Davis delivered them for us before the holidays. The snow was created with sponges in visual texture and then clothing and other details were added the following week with tactile texture (texture you can touch!) So charming!!!
Ms. Davis passed on a warm thanks:
"Just wanted to share a picture of one of the case managers and guests of Miriam's Kitchen. The Executive Director said she couldn't even begin to tell me how much the guests loved the holiday cards, and one of the guests saw the bag of cards and wanted his early so many others followed suit. She also said the guests thought the cards and their messages were incredibly sweet and that the personal touches meant the world to them. Thanks again for the opportunity to share this project with the students."
This week our third graders are creating more cards for Miriam's kitchen using textured papers they created last week using various techniques including scraping and stamping… more to come soon! Creating art to share with others is truly a privilege for those of us who are so privileged!