Getting ready for an action packed few days with Moultonborough Central School. This is year seven for the mural project. It’s a cool concept: there are 7 panels, one for each grade (K-6), and each year students add something new to their panel, which moves up one spot on the cafeteria wall. The theme is Moultonborough’s Natural Environment, and teachers at each grade level have determined the environmental concepts that connect to classroom studies. Kindergarten thinks about trees, first grade studies insects, second grade considers clouds, third grade digs into endangered species. Fourth grade connects their drawings to their hiking field trips, creating tracks and trails, 5th grade focuses on the first settlers in the area, drawing their first buildings and tools. Sixth grade pulls the concepts together to create messages that highlight what makes Moultonborough a special place.
Today’s job was to get the Kindergarten panel ready. Those students will be drawing trees, which we’ll add into a basic background.
This piece, “Tension in the Meadow” is on view at The New Hampton School’s Art Gallery.
Tension in the Meadow
Vigilance, problem solving, creativity: I am interested in breaking down the accepted frame, re-contextualizing the view. Even in our most beautiful landscapes, vacation destinations, seemingly peaceful settings, there are murmurings and groans from a weary earth.
We are tied to this ground, and we must participate in cultivating its healing, and nurturing a healthier human/nature coexistence.
Rained last night
Cool and bright this morning
Dampness brought out the red efts; helped 9 cross road
Distinct smell of green- recently chewed leaves
I come upon the brilliant, white, enormous birch, now resting on the wet brown-ness
Yesterday, I had admired its soaring heights, its strength of purpose and design
What stories have been protected, hidden, under that white armor?
I missed the hints, warning signs, changes
It was supposed to happen outside the museum,
was supposed to be a beautiful Fall day,
The good news is that my concept of bringing the forest into less than natural contexts was achieved!
Children, young adults, mothers, fathers, and grandparents participated throughout the afternoon, helping us to build a forest.