The Putnam Indian Field School transformed into an art museum last month as art work from students ages two to five was displayed at the school for all to view.
The children were excited by their work, which stemmed from long-range projects, and they couldn’t wait to show their parents.
The school had recently purchased a kiln which was put to good use — the Pre-K children learning about Manhattan used clay to create miniature Statues of Liberty, Chrysler Buildings, Guggenheim Museums, yellow cabs and other NYC landmarks.
The Connecting classes sculpted and painted animals and birds to go with stories they had dictated and illustrated.
Sometimes a real artist provided the inspiration. After looking at posters of cakes by Wayne Thiebaud, a nursery class created and decorated their own bakery window of elaborately decorated papier-mâché cakes. A Pre-K class created “Louise Nevelson” boxes sprayed silver and gold.
Papermaking and printmaking by the older children was also on display, as well as group projects done by the youngest children.
The children were most excited that showing their work enabled them to support an organization they all love — Heifer International. Parent donations at the door to the children’s “museum” were used to help the organization send pregnant animals to people in small villages in underdeveloped countries.
All the children understand that a gift of a goat, cow, beehive, pig, water buffalo or llama can help poor families raise their standard of living by providing nutritious food to consume and sell.
The students were thrilled to hear they raised more than $2,800.
Now the oldest students have the job of deciding what animals to buy and in what quantities.
They will do the math, have the discussions, choose the animals, and then present the check to a representative of Heifer International this month.