Created by Ferry Farm Elementary School Art Club, 4th & 5th grade students, Fredericksburg, VA
Artists: Bella, Peyton, Dana, Braelynn, Chris, Gia, Jacob, Kayleigh, Tylen, Vincent, Delaney, Mikey, Tristan
Title: A Good Piece of Land – Pope’s Creek
Teacher: Mrs. Snyder
Theme: Conservation (Nature, animals, etc)
Materials and techniques: Students used burlap and muslin for the base of their project. Various materials were used for the different representational pieces. Watercolors, pencils, and sharpies were used for details on the buildings & George Washington. Found items such as cotton balls, poms, and raffia were used for the animals and the marsh grass.
Did you enjoy this project? Yes, it was a good connection for them because our school Ferry Farm is named after Washington’s other residence. Ferry Farm is across the street from us. A lot of students were not aware of Pope’s Creek. It was good for them to work together, collaborating. It was fun to see them plan and work it out. They did enjoy it!
About: Our artwork is about “A Good Piece of Land” – Pope’s Creek. The students collaborated on creating a piece of art relating to this theme. We choose this theme because this was George Washington’s boyhood home. Our school is named after Ferry Farm, another one of his residencies. We discussed how this land was valuable to the Natives and George’s family. It was a great natural resource in regards to the water and the land aspects. It was considered very valuable. The water was a viable transportation opportunity. It also provided fish and food resources. The land was fertile for farming. Flora and fauna was abundant. The students brainstormed ideas of what “A Good Piece of Land” looked like to George. They created this interpretation on a 2’x2′ piece of burlap.