Students in Stacie Kearns’ third and fifth grade art classes are enjoying a special art project commemorating Neil Armstrong. The classes were charged with honoring Armstrong through
their artwork. The students were especially interested in this challenge once they knew he was from Cincinnati, Ohio.
“He really deserves it being the first man on the moon. Not much more honor than that to be given,” said fifth grader Robert Burger as he worked on his project.
To prepare for the project Kearns created a space-like environment. Students put on art smocks (space suits), turned their chairs over (seats in a spaceship), and watched scenes from Apollo 13 in a dimly-lit classroom. They researched Armstrong through other video clips and on iPads, and pretended they were in a spaceship. Once they understood more about the experiences of astronauts and their journeys they begin brainstorming ideas and making sketches. As they finalized their ideas they began their drawings and are now in the process of finalizing their masterpieces with the final details. The class hopes to hang some of their artwork in the Delhi Public Library.
When asked what they want people to feel when they see the artwork, fifth grade student Katie Severson shared, “I hope when people see my artwork they feel confident that that can accomplish anything.”
“I love that the students are creating art about current events, and that they can use art to honor someone,” said Kearns.