Thomas R. Rodman Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Thomas R. Rodman Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Created by Thomas R. Rodman Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Artists: Aiden, Kai-Lynne, Madison, Peter, Gonzalo, Angelina, Jaylynn, Duyen, Derek, Alexis, Kaydence, Jaiden, D’Leiny, Demetri

Title: New Bedford History – Past, Present, and Future

Teacher: Mrs. Raxter

Theme: Strength and Diversity

Materials and techniques: Materials: Felt fabric, glue, canvas, markers, paint, and collage.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we enjoyed this project greatly. It was fun learning about everyone’s cultures and where their families came from in the classroom. When we saw the flags around the canvas it truly shows how diverse the students are in New Bedford, MA and our school. The whales represent our waterfront history, as one of the biggest fishing ports in the country. We also learned that New Bedford was a safe harbor for slaves seeking freedom.

About: Community was the theme explored in this art project by the third grade students at Rodman School. Each student got to express their own culture and share with the class who they were and where they were from. This translated into the border of flags around the Community of Whales on the art panel. The whales represent a city joined together for the future and not being divided.

Created by Thomas R. Rodman Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Artists: Tristan, Corey, Noah, Grasyn, Evan, Zoe, Isaiah, David, Jameson, Lula, Maria, Jonathan, Kaidyn, Taina, Christian, Ethan, Ryan, Abby

Title: New Bedford History – Past, Present, and Future

Teacher: Mrs. Raxter

Theme: Strength and Diversity

Materials and techniques: Felt fabric, glue, canvas, markers, paint and collage.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we enjoyed working on this project as a collaborative group. We had different students join different groups based on their enthusiasm and artistic abilities. We came to a final conclusion on how we wanted our collage to look and are very pleased with the final piece. It represents our diverse culture here in New Bedford, MA, and how we all a united diverse force!

About: The 5th grade students in Mr. Ledoux’s class created a picture of Frederick Douglass to represent his escape from slavery and learned how he and his wife Anna came to New Bedford, which was at the time, a significant destination for the Underground Railroad. While here Mr. Douglass and his wife adopted the last name “Douglass” and each began their lives as abolitionists. While in New Bedford they stayed at the home of the free black Quaker couple Nathan (1797-1880) and Mary “Polly” Johnson (1784-1871) located at 21 Seventh Street. The site is today a United States National Historic Landmark.
The railroad tracks around his picture represent the Underground Railroad and how enslaved people escaped to freedom.

Created by Thomas R. Rodman Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Artists: Johnathan, Cody, Logan, Samantha, Sabrina, Lietson, Me’arah, Genesis, Jesliann, Aryanah

Title: New Bedford History – Past, Present, and Future

Teacher: Mrs. Raxter

Theme: Strength and Diversity

Materials and techniques: Felt fabric, glue, canvas, markers, paint, and collage.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we enjoyed working on this project with our classmates. It brought us together and we got to work with different people that might not be our best friends or people we normally hang around with.

About: We chose the peace symbol to represent how everyone in the world should get along and how when we care about all the people around us we can create a better future regardless of our ethnic backgrounds. We learned about the Underground Railroad and how so many people risked their lives to escape slavery. That’s why the railroad tracks are our border. We chose the words caring, value, equality, diversity, team, brave, future, together, honor, and kindness to write around the peace symbol to show that we value one another in our diverse classroom. We want everyone in the world to think like we do.

Created by Thomas R. Rodman Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Artists: Kendal, Ryan, Demetrius, Mackenzie, Simon, Dalahny, Ella, Destynee, Cohen, Josias, Kennedy, Ivan, Neomiah, Jadeli, Jeriel

Title: New Bedford History – Past, Present, and Future

Teacher: Mrs. Raxter

Theme: Strength and Diversity

Materials and techniques: Materials: Felt fabric, glue, canvas, markers, paint, and collage.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we enjoyed this project greatly. It was fun learning about everyone’s cultures and where their families came from in the classroom. When we saw the flags around the canvas it truly shows how diverse the students are in New Bedford, MA and our school. The whales represent our waterfront history, as one of the biggest fishing ports in the country. We also learned that New Bedford was a safe harbor for slaves seeking freedom.

About: Community was the theme explored in this art project by the third grade students at Rodman School. Each student got to express their own culture and share with the class who they were and where they were from. This translated into the border of flags around the Community of Whales on the art panel. The whales represent a city joined together for the future and not being divided.