Stories of PLACE is an exploration of natural science and cultural history through art. Murals and ceramic tiles are painted and installed on the walls of the outdoor classroom, which is located in Atkinson’s wildlife habitat. The project resulted in permanent interpretive signage for Atkinson's gardens, and provided students with hands-on art activities integrated with PPS standards-based science curricula. Stories of PLACE invites the entire Atkinson community to share their diverse cultures and languages.
Welcome Tree –The exterior outdoor classroom wall welcomes people to the Atkinson Learning Gardens entering the school from the back (south courtyard) entrance. A large tree formed out of clay tile has “welcome” carved in the branches in heritage languages spoken at Atkinson and beyond. Students made low relief clay NW native animals that live near and in trees. Also depicted are bird nests and eggs, animal tracks, and animal scat. Each branch has a different set of leaves from the various trees on the Atkinson campus.
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