HERITAGE FESTIVAL QUILT
This quilt was created in 2015, but the theme may be even more relevant today. In June I decided to send Byron Kim a note of "thanks" for his inspiration and just this week I was thrilled to see that he responded with this message!
Thank you so much for your interest in my work and for passing it on to your students. Isn't it crazy how much consequence the color of our skin creates? But most importantly thank you for being a teacher. It's paradoxically the most important job in our culture and one of the least appreciated. I hope you will stick with it. And I hope the semester has started well.Yours, Byron"
Our Beautiful Colors!
One Square Each Student -
by Korean American artist Byron Kim
I saw this painting at the The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and immediately thought of my Harrington students’ common request for paint that is “skin colored”. Mixing skin tones with paint is a lesson in itself and a very difficult thing to accomplish, especially for young children. With that in mind, I decided to try making a mosaic of our own. We all see color differently and we learn color recognition throughout our entire life. Color is learned! Our skin color has a great deal of variation too, so I told my students that they should aim for a color within the range of what they saw on their hand. Our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students mixed the primary colors; red, yellow and blue with different amounts of white to create a close match to their skin color as they saw it. We used the principle of color opposites to achieve this. Kindergarteners and 1st graders, found a colored piece of paper, which they saw as their closest match. I’m so pleased with the mosaic effect of our efforts! We made a beautiful mixed media artwork together!