The High School community worked together this week to beautify our deck tables while representing the value we place on diversity. Each grade level, 9th-12th, focused on a direction: North, South, East, and West. Our students chose a country in each direction: Canada, Mexico, Egypt, and Japan. Researching iconic symbols and contributions from those countries helps strengthen their visual literacy skills. More importantly, this hands-on ice-breaker helped to quickly incorporate our new students and make them feel at home.
It was also an important activity for our growing artistic community. Our art classes are adding more permanent display pieces like these tables to our campus. It enables our students to explore the concepts of cumulative art and display. That is, how do we add new pieces in the context of existing installations? Students have to consider the how the new and old art will influence each other. Our younger students get to witness this evolution knowing that someday they will also contribute their work to our campus. This art legacy also brings back warm memories when our alumni return during college breaks to visit their friends and teachers.