Students in kindergarten through third grade have art each Friday. As part of their class studies, students learn about color theory, values, famous artists, art styles, art mediums and techniques, and art for art’s sake. On this particular day of art, Ms. Kelly read the poem “Hope is the Thing with Feathers“ by Emily Dickinson.
Students loved the poem and had wildly different reactions to it. Some believed the poem was about God and tried to create their own image of God. Some saw the poem as being about angels. Some saw birds in their minds and created actual flying things to represent the hope that is flying. Some had much more abstract concepts in their art. Some created images of their family with wings, since their family represents hope to them. In one piece of art, it was snowing feathers over the whole world.