Kids do remarkably imaginative things when they have creative freedom and a strong art foundation. This is what happened in the month of May, 2016, in Ms. Deana Conley’s 4th grade art class at South Miami K-8 when I was the Visiting Artist for 8 sessions.
The guidelines were to first determine a theme for their honor boxes, something that has special significance to each child. The entire box was covered with paint or fabric or paper so it was no longer a shoe box. The boxes get embellished with relevant objects in 3-D. Many students collected items from home while others simply rummaged through the extensive collection of stuff in Ms. Conley’s classroom augmented with some tidbits from my studio. The children were given total latitude and they went to town! We, Ms. Conley and me, merely guided their creative ideas and encouraged good craftsmanship.
These are some of the completed boxes. I am so pleased with the results! The children were a joy to work with and Ms. Conley sets an exemplary tone in her classroom. The Bee Queen Retablo was built by Pamela Palma around a miniature reproduction of “The Honey Queen” painted by Debra Cortese, with permission of the artist.