After observing Nicaraguan artist Franck de las Mercedes’ art, second grade students created “Peace Boxes,” brightly-painted packages figuratively filled with fragile ideas including peace, love, kindness, courage and more. The boxes are labeled “Handle with care. Fragile. Contains peace.” Students chose what they would symbolically put in their boxes and with whom they would share their packages. As they painted, they talked about making others feel happy, empowered or loved.
They learned about different color theories and how to best convey a message using acrylic paint as the medium. And they learned how sharing an idea through art can be very powerful and can even change the world.