Orange County High School, Advanced Art Class, Orange, VA

Orange County High School, Advanced Art Class, Orange, VA

Created by Orange County High School, Advanced Art Class, Orange, VA

Artists: Sara, Shana, Bryanna, Laura, Madison, Paris, Caitlin

Title: A Potomac Community

Teacher: Ms. Yurasits

Theme: A Good Piece of Land

Materials and techniques: Muslin cloth, batik dye, and gutta.

Orange County High School, Advanced Art Class, Orange, VA

Did you enjoy this project? Absolutely! The students enjoyed creating an artwork that will be on display at a historical site and then go on to be a part of the large scale work of the Dream Rocket Project.

About: The theme that we were presented with was, “what does a ‘good piece of land’ mean to you?” Knowing that our artwork was going to be displayed at the important historical location of George Washington’s birthplace, we decided that we wanted to travel back in time and put ourselves in the place of the people who lived in this area at the time of George Washington’s early life. We each chose a part of the landscape and lifestyle that would have been important to us and created an illustration to represent that choice. Each square depicts a quality that would have meant we had “a good piece of land”–rich soil that could support crops and livestock, a thriving garden to supply food and herbs, prime location near water and trade routes, a habitat that would allow local wildlife to flourish, and a good foundation to turn a house into a home for future generations. Combined together, these characteristics all form one ideal landscape to build a life upon.