SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2010

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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All Levels ons xag of the Heart He Beth Burkhauser and Dave Porter E xcitement and gratitude filled my heart as I watched Elizabeth Franko gently painting a delicious blending of palm on the left half of her tree; Mackenzie Drungell lovingly added an exact copy of a detailed pencil-drawn flower from a tiny paper fragment to her large, blue dahlia; Austin Neves adapted his original hexagonal design to include the tree drawn by Massevat, an earthquake victim from Haiti. Pat Hahn, art teacher at Tunkhannock Area High School in Northeastern Pennsylvania, invited me into this class, where students were involved in learning that art can be an activity of the heart and between hearts through the Hexagon Project, which I chair. The Hexagon project invites students, ages five through eighteen, to create an image within a hexagonal template and respond to big questions surrounding a global culture of interdependence. The hexagon is a visual metaphor for interdependence, with its potential to infinitely link together. 21

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