The Rainbow House

How a school-wide collaborative art project became a one-of-a-kind pop-up art installation (& art print!)

"What's something you've learned or that feels important to you about being at the Gardner School?"

Starting with this question, our students were invited to sketch something they've learned about this year, or images of something they can find on campus. Working on large sheets of paper, each class began using black ink to imagine, design, share, and create images that represent their experiences and visions of the Gardner School. 

The concept of collaboration was a focus as students worked to use the same pieces of paper to draw, and then add color, to the shared artwork. They learned about respecting one another's ideas, saw the school through each other's eyes, and grew as artists as they worked together. 

Using only primary colors, students explored color mixing, complimentary and contrasting color elements, and kindly painted each other's artwork. 

In this project, the students learned to understand that nothing was only theirs, but it was all of ours together. They learned to add to and build on artwork that other people had created while still honoring and respecting their ideas.

Our student's illustrations and colorful art inspired the idea to build something! 

Their work turned into the Rainbow House- a perfect combination of a creative play and wonder space to enjoy together outside.

You can watch a special video tour of the Rainbow House here...

At the Gardner School, every child is an artist. Valuing creativity, collaboration, and the uniqueness in each child is a reason to give to the Gardner School today. Your gift supports continued deep learning in the arts and academics for our students, present and in the future.

You can get a commemorative art print created with images from the Rainbow House project!

Receive a free copy of our 25th Anniversary Art Print with your donation of $250 or more, shipped to you at no cost! 

Three easy steps:
1. Donate $250 or more during the Gardner Giving campaign*
2. Pick the perfect wall for your new art
3. Watch your mailbox!

* You'll hear from us once the campaign has wrapped-up to confirm your details and shipping address.

Coming tomorrow...

Hear about how the Gardner School began as told by a few of the original founders of the the school! 
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