Seeing oneself by working in papier-mâché
In order to make a sculpture of oneself, you really need to pause, look, and reflect.
So making papier-mâché sculptures of themselves allowed the nursery schoolers in Jane Maciak's class to flex a wide variety of skills. From a physical standpoint, they practiced fine motor skills. From an artistic standpoint, the children learned about color and texture. And, using a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, says Maciak, "our shared DEI vocabulary deepened our discussion of our differences and how these differences make us each unique and that being different is good!"
The sculptures are on display on the wall outside of Room 130 so that the children can see them throughout the day and be reminded of the reflection and creativity that it took to make them. "Through the process of self-reflection, the children learned a lot about themselves and one another. It was a wonderful, creative expression of our physical differences."