Blue Rock School Receives Grant for Environmental Arts Education Project
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After learning about and examining indigenous art and landscapes, the students embarked on their own art projects using materials procured from local landscapes. Students collected everything from shells and sea glass from the Hudson River shore to berries, mud, and sticks from the Blue Rock School's vast wooded campus. Berries doubled as dyes and the sticks where charred to replace the modern-day charcoal pencil for drawing. The results yielded everything from medicine bags to cornhusk figurines. Students took their understanding one step further by also inventing a symbolic language in order to tell stories about the landscapes present in their creations. Once the project ended, the participating students hosted a school-wide bonfire in which schoolmates, teachers, and staff members could view the artwork as well as celebrate with food, song, and stories.