2016-2017 Artist-In-Residence Program
Often, there is talk as to what the Hollis Elementary PTA does with the money that they raise? Well, one example is the Artist-in-Residence program which occurs every two years so that every third and fourth grader gets a chance to participate. The program allows our children to experience creating art first hand. This year the artist was Marek Bennett who is a New Hampshire-based cartoonist and educator who leads comic workshops to tell stories.
The third graders worked with a storytelling curriculum and imagination- including ‘talking animals’ inspired by Charlotte’s web, which they were currently reading. The fourth graders, in the midst of their NH History Year, worked with “Historic Hollis Stories”, including the origins of Beaver Brook and Maple Hill Farm, Peter Powers and his Pet Hog Tusky, Hollis activities during World War II, and several more Hollis stories that they learned about and then transformed into their own comics. As result of their work, the third and fourth-grade students created their own comic books per classroom which will be coming home soon and kept in each school library.
Marek Bennett's work with the students was a huge hit. The children loved his approach and appreciated his attentiveness to what they wanted to create. He plans to return to the area over the summer with a program at the Hollis Social Library. To keep abreast of his activities visit https://marekbennett.com.
Once again, thank you to the committee chairs, Anna Birch and Jessica Palmer, for finding an incredible artist to work with the students of the Hollis Elementary Schools.