Holmes Elementary School and Saratoga Elementary School
Community Tiles Project
School Art Specialists: Matthew Auch Moody at Holmes, Chrissy Garris at Saratoga
Artist Educators: Professor Eric Stearns and Assisting Doane University Students
Students at Holmes and Saratoga participated in a tile painting project where they were encouraged to freely express themselves with glaze in personal and creative setting. At Holmes Elementary School, the tile painting corresponded with a school science fair and spaghetti feed, which provided an opportunity for families to paint tiles together. After the tiles were glazed, they returned to Doane University where they were fired, and will soon be on exhibition at both Bryan Hospital Locations. Students and their families are invited to see the public exhibition of their important work.
At Holmes Elementary School, we were asked by a young student “how much” it cost to paint a tile. He bravely stepped forward and asked on behalf of his family. His mom’s face indicated that she feared it would be cost prohibitive. We were thrilled to inform him that not only was there no cost, but that his whole family was invited to participate...and they did! All 5 family members sat together and painted for the better part of an hour. They laughed together, complimented each other’s work, and seemed to deeply enjoy the entire experience. Later, the mom of the family explained to the administrator that they children had always wanted to go to a local ceramics painting shop, but it had always been cost prohibitive. This is an example of where program affirmations and inclusions create meaningful equity.