Welcome Back – Pinwheels for Peace

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A belated welcome back to everyone here on the Conant Art blog!

To get this year started, students participated again in the international art installation project known as Pinwheels for Peace.  To celebrate students in each grade designed a pinwheel with symbols of peace on one side, and words of peace on the other.  These pinwheels were then installed on International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015.

The installation went really well and all the pinwheels were out for everyone to see over the weekend.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the pinwheels outside, or would like to see more about the process, check out the photos below.

Also, stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved and make a pinwheel to help children who have had to leave Syria due to the conflict there.  Conant School is participating in the Students Rebuild: Healing Classrooms Challenge, and will be donating our pinwheels to help raise money.  I am so proud of all the students who decided to donate their pinwheels….we have almost the entire school participating!

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Our student teacher, Miss LeBold taught a few Pinwheels for Peace lessons

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Installing Pinwheels

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Installing Pinwheels

Welcome Back & Pinwheels for Peace

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With school starting after Labor Day this year, the art room @ Conant School has been in fast forward mode, working to get our pinwheels finished for Pinwheels for Peace.

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Students have been thinking about what peace means to them and creating pinwheels with words and designs related to peace.Photo Sep 12, 10 36 34 AM

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 International Day of Peace falls on Sunday, so our pinwheels will be installed on Friday September 19, and will be removed on Monday September 22.  Be sure to stop by and check out the pinwheels flying for ‘whirled peace’.  Students in grades k-3 will find their pinwheels by the school sign by Taylor Rd, and students in grades 4-6 will find their pinwheels in the back field by Minot Rd.

Also Heidi Kupferman, the art teacher at McCarthy-Towne school is participating in Pinwheels for Peace with her students, so there will be even more pinwheels flying in Acton this weekend!

Pinwheels for Peace Installation

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Rm 16 & Rm 17 putting the pinwheels out



The pinwheels went up Friday morning, and were on display until Monday, September 23. If you missed them, be sure to check out below for photos of the installation going up, as well as photos of the Pinwheels for Peace installation.  For more information, check out my previous post here.  Thanks to everyone who participated, and to Room 16 & 17 for helping put out the pinwheels, and for Room 11 for helping to take down the pinwheels. 

I look forward to making our 8th year our biggest celebration yet! 


Rm 16 & 17 putting the pinwheels out

 

Rm 16 & 17 putting the pinwheels out

 

 

Our Pinwheels for Peace are almost all made!

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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.

  
 

Pinwheels for Peace – September 21st 2012

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Students at Conant participated in the international installation project Pinwheels for Peace this September.  


In art class students discussed what the word peace means, and how we all can lead peaceful lives in school, at home, and in our community.

Students decorated their pinwheels with words and drawings that showed what they think peace is. 

 
The pinwheels were installed outside Conant on September 21 for International Day of Peace.  This was the 8th year of the art installation Pinwheels for Peace, and the 7th year Conant students have participated.
 
Join us next year when we celebrate International Day of Peace with our Pinwheels for Peace installation one day early on Friday September 20th. 







Don’t miss the video at the bottom of the post, showing some of the pinwheels twirling in the wind.