SchoolArts Magazine

September 2017

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 enough to seat two classrooms of students and was finished before school recessed for the summer. We even had the school board meeting on-site, allowing us to showcase the only Learning Tree in the United States! My final contribution was teaching every class under the green maple leaf canopy with sunlight bursting through. Spring birds added a unique and pleasant addition to the outdoor classroom ambiance. Suncatchers for a Sacred Place In our open-air classroom, I had each of Lessenger's 300+ students create two small glass tile sun - catchers. I cut 2" squares of scrap window glass on which students glued colored glass and glass seed beads. After firing the squares in the school kiln, I cut two notches in one corner of each with a ring glass saw. With 18-gauge stainless-steel wire, I attached each tile to the chain-link fence that encloses the east wall of the Learning Tree. With the sun radiating through the 600 tiles in the morning, I was reminded of the stained-glass Rose Window in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris—a sacred place. It dawned on me that the elementary art - room is also a sacred place. I think I knew this all along; perhaps it took thirty years to fully realize it. Craig Hinshaw is an artist, retired art teacher, and regular contributor to SchoolArts. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K

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