Meramec Students Learn How Art Can Inspire Hope
One of those artists was Meramec Art Teacher Beth Williams. In fact, her artwork is featured in Klein’s book. Williams worked with Meramec Librarian Jeri Lynn Palmer to coordinate the Klein’s visit to the school.
In art class this school year, Meramec students have been focusing on the big question, “What do artists care about and think about when they make art?” Klein’s book dovetails with this focus; prior to her visit, Williams presented a mini-lesson to students that centered on how the artists featured in the book responded to the events in their community. The students looked at the murals and discussed how artists and the community organized to spread a message of hope. They also identified the images, quotes, feelings and messages the artists communicated through their murals.
In conjunction with Klein’s visit, students and their families had the opportunity to purchase Klein’s book and the “Painting for Peace” coloring book. All proceeds from the books are used to support youth programs and small business recovery in North St. Louis County.