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Art Start – 50 States Quilt On Display at Village Hall

March 2, 2010

As a young student said to me earlier this week:  “You have the best job ever!”.  I really think I do, but I’m not sure it is for the same reasons that young Dora thinks.  One of the best aspects of my job is that I have many opportunities to work creatively with children.  It is so wonderful to see that spark of inspiration.  I love to give children an opportunity to try a skill they might not otherwise have the chance to do.  Working with Betsy Parkinson’s 2nd grade class at Beye School for the last couple of months was one of those great opportunities to inspire a wonderful group of children .  I  began the project with the students by dying yarn and fabric with Kool-Aid during my first visit to their classroom.  The second week they researched and planned the design for the two squares that they each were required to create.  Each student studied and depicted several important features about two of the U.S. states in their squares.  We worked for several more sessions with fabric markers and needle and yarn to create this one-of-a-kind masterpiece!  One of the boys said, ” I can’t wait to show my dad that I can sew!”.  If you happen to be near the Oak Park Village Hall during the months of March or April, please stop in to look at the great details the students put into their work.  As Ms. Parkinson said, “Do your personal BEST”.  They certainly did!

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