The All Stars in grades K-5 participated in a school wide study of peace and the ways artists inspire peace and positive changes in the world around them.  I have included

"My Hands are Peaceful Hands"

How are you peaceful?  What can you do with your hands to make the world a better place?

First Grade
"Peace Begins With A Smile" - Mother Teresa

First grade artists used kid-friendly mirrors to create realistic smiling self-portraits.  What makes you happy?  How do you feel when you make your friends happy?

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Second Grade
"PEACE:  More Than a Symbol"

Second grade artists learned about symbols.  A symbol is a picture that represents a thought or idea.  What symbols do you see everyday?  What does a peace sign look like?

Third Grade
"My Dove Sings PEACE"

The dove is a bird and a symbol of peace.  Third Grade artists made clay doves to enhance our PRIDE peace garden.  We added peace tags in many languages.  What languages do you speak?  How do you say peace?

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade artists made standing self-portraits in the shape of a peace sign!  They completed  the peace sign with personal symbols that represent their personalities.  Do you know who this is?What symbols represent you?

Fifth Grade
"Positive POP ART!"

Fifth grade artists studied the work of painter Shepard Fairey and artist Robert Indiana.  Each of these artists use their talents to promote positive changes in the world around them.  They inspire the public to be kind, helpful and positive!  We brainstormed lots of positive words and each chose one to draw in block letters.  We chose careful colors to make our message stand out and displayed our artwork to inspire our friends!  

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The PEACE Tree is up!

Our entire school community, teachers and students, worked together to make a PEACE TREE at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  

Students in grades k-5 began their PEACE lesson reading "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr.  We brainstormed as a group what peace looks like, smells like, feels like, sounds like and even tastes like!

The Peace Book

Next, we talked about artist and peace activist Yoko Ono.  Yoko Ono uses her talents as an artist to work towards and inspire World Peace.  Among her work are "wish trees." They are collaborative pieces made with hundreds of small paper tags containing the wishes of gallery and museum visitors.

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream.  A dream you dream together is reality" Yoko Ono

Each student was given one tag and asked to write or illustrate what PEACE means to them.  

We interpret PEACE in many ways.

What does PEACE mean to you? 

So many lovely PEACE tags!

The tree will be on display until January 7th.

Please stop by and see it and let us know what you think!


  1. It is the most beautiful and inspiring tree ever seen at the garden. Thank you for sharing. You started a fascinating conversation. For me, peace usually pops up when I am rubbing my dog's belly and she starts snoring loudly and contentedly. :)
    Lara Richmond, VA

  2. Thank you for your kind words, Lara :) I look forward to sharing your thoughts with my school friends! April