This is the 7th year Conant students will be celebrating International Day of Peace on September 21st, by participating in the Pinwheels for Peace project, and man has everyone done a great job discussing why we do this, as well as starting the amazing decorations on their pinwheels.
I learned about the project at the National Art Education Conference in Boston in 2005, and have been participating with my students ever since. “Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan,…as a way for their students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. The project was quickly embraced…by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in our world”
This year, as part of the conversation about why we participate in Pinwheels for Peace, upper grades and I brainstormed ways to get our ‘statement’ to an audience larger then the Conant community. Fifth graders in Mrs. Kelley’s class brainstormed some great ideas, which included a giant pinwheel (or many giant pinwheels), so I’ve been tasked with the fun project of making the largest pinwheel I can! Students in that class also had the smart idea of putting the pinwheels closer to Taylor Road and Minot Road, so those driving their cars by will be more likely to see them. The plan is to also include a sign at both displays, directing viewers to this website, and to the Pinwheels for Peace website for more information. Students in Mr. Foley’s fifth grade class came up with the idea to promote the short-term installation with flyers around town, and perhaps even to set up a pinwheels display in front of town hall around the Isaac Davis Monument.
I’m really excited by the ‘homework’ my students have thought up for me, and I hope to be able to tackle it all, to help this years Pinwheels for Peace project touch many more peoples lives then just the Conant community! Keep your eyes peeled for more information soon, and swing by Conant over the weekend of September 21st to check out the installation.