International Day Of Peace Art Installation
We like to kick off a new year of art with a school-wide art collaboration that acknowledges the International Day of Peace. Last year we learned about Tibetan prayer flags and, inspired by the goodwill and intentions of this tradition, we created painted silk flags that fluttered images of peace throughout the halls of our Washington and Maple Street buildings.
This year TK through 5th grade made pinwheels for peace. We had varying themes for each grade that students responded to with design, painting, and drawing. TK through 1st grade made paintings about peaceful feelings, 2nd and 3rd grade illustrated peaceful memories, and 4th and 5th grade designed patterns through peaceful drawing activities. (Neuro-research connects doodling and drawing as stress-reducing if practiced for 20 minutes or more).The pinwheels also intersect with our middle school participation in the San Francisco youth climate strike and make a reference to clean energy and wind power.
In middle school, we learned about the story of Sadako and the legend of 1000 cranes. Every student in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mastered the folds of this ancient origami technique and together we created 1000 cranes. The installation can be found hanging in the Washington main stairway. Students wrote messages of peace inside their cranes and we asked for our 1000 crane wish to be used toward solving conflict in the world.