LESTER PRAIRIE, MN The Prairie Arts Council of Lester Prairie hosted an art event for elementary and middle school students at Lester Prairie School for six days in March.
With a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, supported through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, students were able to work with visual artist Susan Armington to create “Talking Suitcases.”
Armington is an independent artist and teaching artist working with all ages across Minnesota for almost 20 years.
Kindergarteners worked on drawing lines and shapes with Armington.
Second- and third-graders were asked to think of something that they love and make a pop-up box representing it.
Sixth- and eighth-graders were asked, “What matters most to me?” and made 3D boxes that represented traveling suitcases. Each box contained two smaller boxes that fit inside a large box.
Many students commented how fun the activity was, and that they learned something new about themselves and their peers. Many students found out they had similar interests with others they didn’t realize they shared.
Armington stated, “The students opened up and shared their ideas and personal vision in their artwork.”
A number of pieces of the students’ artwork will be displayed for the public to view from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during “Day at the Museum” in the Art Center above Cornerstone Hardware during Prairie Days, Saturday, July 9.
There will also be a local photographer sharing their photos at the Art Center during that time.