McClure Elementary – Keeping Our Hands in the Arts

While talking to my students about this project, the reoccurring theme we wanted to express was to stay involved in the arts. We want students to keep creating new paintings, drawings, and music throughout their scholastic journey. I talked to a few of my students about how to make that idea into a design. We decided that we should have the art students from Pre-k -6th including some 450 students make hand prints of their hands on the piano. Each handprint represents each student’s pledge to support the arts by creating, learning, and listening to others ideas about the arts. Every student was allowed to choose their own color to use and where they would like to put their handprints placed. Students were excited that their art would be displayed in such a public forum so that the rest of the surrounding community could see what they have been working on in class. Many of my students are excited about going to May Fest and seeing their piano displayed with the others and they are excited to be representing McClure.

Picasso said it best when he said,

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” ― Pablo Picasso

Chad Bitzer – aka ArtMan