Environmental Characters
Nancy Schwartz, Art Teacher

CS17 is being visited by environmental heroes this week! Earth Art students have brought these characters to life and the entire community is enjoying their company as they hang out with us in the gathering space of the academic building.

Students employ a knowledge of anatomy as they initially build skeletons out of sticks found in the woods outside the classroom. We had to wait such a long time this semester for a day to collect dry leaves! By the time the leaves were falling from the trees the rain and snow never stopped except for one rare, dry Friday when we collected trash bags full.

After putting long underwear on the skeletons the students stuffed them with dry leaves, added artistic, beautiful faces and ornamental heads of hair made from grasses, leaves, shredded twine and whatever other found material. After a trip to the school costume room the characters dressed in appropriate garb for their work and periods in history. Students made significant objects to go with their characters as well as quotations to help us understand and know the characters.

Each group of students made a presentation about their environmental hero. 
Through this project, students became familiar with the work of many historical and contemporary environmental leaders and they came to know rather intimately the one they built themselves. Focusing on that individual and building all of the parts of the project lead the students to thoughtful interaction and understanding about what helped lead their hero on their path and why they have a place on the list of environmental heroes. It’s a project full of good humor, thoughtfulness, research, resourcefulness, and love.

Earth art hero
Earth art hero
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Earth Art Environmental Hero
Earth Art Environmental Hero
Earth Art Environmental Hero
Earth Art Environmental Hero
Earth Art Environmental Hero
Earth Art Environmental Hero
Earth Art Environmental Hero
Earth Art Environmental Hero

Photos contributed by Robert Eady, Art Teacher