Third and fourth grade students worked in groups to create paintings using circles as a unifying principle. We talked about various symbolic meanings of circles, including unity and community.
After some initial brainstorming, each student had several designs. Then, in groups students looked for common elements in their drawings and tried to come up with a theme.
It was difficult for some groups to agree at first, but eventually they were able to come up designs that included ideas from everyone in the group. Working together and being open to the ideas of others is an important part of being in a community.
The students showed that even with many different voices, they could create harmony both visually and amongst their classmates.