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KIS Benches: #4 Compassion & Gratitude

We depict the character traits Compassion and Gratitude on this bench.

I found the following quotes to inspire the kids:

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." --Aesop

"When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them." --Chinese proverb




I showed the painting, Dance, by Henri Matisse to the students thinking its graphic, flat style would translate well into mosaic.  I also felt they would relate to its image of joyous people holding hands and dancing in a circle.  We decided to depict North American endangered animals borrowing Matisse's style.

I also showed the students some images of Claude Monet's Water Lilies paintings.  Many students were familiar with these, as they had seen one in the Cleveland Museum of Art.  We discussed being grateful to Mr. Monet for producing these beautiful paintings, and we also discussed being grateful for Mother Nature for supplying his beautiful inspiration!   The students thought depicting a cornfield and a hand planting a seed would nicely illustrate the Chinese proverb.

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