Thanksgiving art at Faribault Lutheran School

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
The turkey’s head was flopping down, so I used my left hand to hold the head in place and then snapped this photo of the paper plate turkey listing items for which this student is thankful.

IN THIS TECHNOLOGY DOMINATED WORLD, it’s refreshing to see that kids are still using crayons and colored paper and, yes, even paper plates to create art.

Art adorns walls in the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School.
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Art adorns walls in the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School. Here I’m heading to the second floor landing.

On a recent Sunday morning stroll through the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School with camera in hand, I documented this most basic way of making art during my search for Thanksgiving themed subjects.

Simple crayon art.
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Simple crayon art.

Call me old-fashioned, but kids need that hands-on experience of pulling crayons from a box, selecting colored paper, cutting shapes with a scissors, sliding a glue stick across paper and more. This is art in its most basic form.

Hand and feet shapes used to make turkeys. And, bonus, students listed things for which they are thankful.
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Hand and foot shapes used to make turkeys. And, bonus, students listed things for which they are thankful.

Who among us doesn’t remember tracing around our hands with a pencil or selecting a sharp-tipped crayon or those first efforts at manipulating a scissors?

Students' versions of pilgrims.
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Students’ versions of pilgrims.

This Thanksgiving, remember to unplug and to celebrate the simple joys in life like creating art with paper, crayons, scissors and glue.

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BONUS PHOTOS from the hallways of Faribault Lutheran School:

Here, here are the turkeys.
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Here, here are the turkeys and some mighty creative ones.
I have no idea what a turkey gram may be.
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
I have no idea what a turkey-gram may be.
Students' versions of Native Americans.
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Students’ versions of Native Americans.

This post was written by  Audrey Kletscher Helbling and originally published on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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