Friday, December 12, 2014

Teaching Compassion for Animals Through Art

This month my school is working with a local non-profit called 22Reasons. The founding member of 22Reasons, Gigi Glendinning, presented the students and taught them about the plight of wild elephants in Kenya and orangutans in Borneo and the compassionate humans who help them. 1st and 4th grade are working on art projects inspired by these animals. 1st grade learned about baby elephants who were orphaned because of poaching and were taken in at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

1st graders "adopted" six orphan baby elephants and made sculptures of them. They are not done yet, but check out their progress!

A blow-up donkey, newspaper, and cardboard armature was covered in plaster tape

After the sculptures dried and hardened we mixed up grey tempera paint as base color

We looked at pictures of the orphan elephants to get ideas for details to add