The 5th grade artists jumped right in with materials on their first day of school as they worked with partners to create expressive, symbolic bird masks based on the theme of adaptations. They were asked what adaptations they needed to thrive in their new community, both academically and socially, and they created symbolic representations for their masks, such as open beaks to express speaking up more and ears to be better listeners. This was a great bonding experience as they were asked to slather their faces with vaseline and layer plaster on each other’s faces on the first day! After creating a successful armature, they applied features with paper mache, then added color and decoration. Lastly, with their building partner, they presented their masks to their families at the end of the week in the first of many stand and deliver opportunities as SGS. We look forward to all they will accomplish–great job 5th Graders!!!