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Creating a Layered Landscape of Aurora Borealis in 2nd-Grade Art
Creating a Layered Landscape of Aurora Borealis in 2nd-Grade Art


There are many ways to solve a problem or express an idea, and Trinity celebrates that. Perhaps the most obvious example is art class.

Lower school art teacher Meg Renwick encourages her students to build on the techniques and concepts of the lesson, make the idea their own, and venture in unexpected directions.

"Kids love seeing that they are capable of making beautiful, complex works of art," Ms. Renwick said. "They love trying new materials and figuring out how to make something that either matches what’s in their mind’s eye or becomes something completely new and different."

As a natural wonder, Aurora Borealis makes for a fun and beautiful art project. But it's also an opportunity to weave science and art together. Trinity's curriculum strategically integrates subject areas to make the learning experience more holistic.

"I learned that the Northern Lights don't go very fast, so you have time to really see how beautiful it is," said Melania M., a 2nd-grader at Trinity. 

Before joining Trinity 13 years ago, Ms. Renwick taught informal classes for adults at Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin. She realized she preferred teaching children because they have fewer preconceived notions about what they should create. She said she's grateful for the creative journies she shares with her students.

"Every day, I am thoroughly impressed by the risks kids are willing to take, their fresh ideas, and overall passion for art," Ms. Renwick said. "The students are learning, but so am I!" 

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