Montessori Pathways School, Exeter, RI

Montessori Pathways School, Exeter, RI

Created by Montessori Pathways School, Exeter, RI

Artists: May, Derick, Ali, Rachel

Title: Profits of Friendship

Teacher: Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Cook

Theme: Dangerous Opinions: Prosperity from Peace

Materials: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? We had a great time working on this art! It was fun to work together and to see everyone’s ideas on the canvas!

About: Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, was a great advocate for Peace. He opposed the common practice of taking land from the Native Americans, and in doing so, came into frequent conflict with the religious establishment. Williams himself benefited from trade with the Narragansetts and purchased the land from them rather than just taking it over, which contributed to a peace that lasted through much of his 47 years in Rhode Island. Our art project symbolizes the many benefits of friendship, and tolerance of differences found in others.

Created by Montessori Pathways School, Exeter, RI

Artist: Rebecca

Title: Freedom from Similarity

Teacher: Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Cook

Theme: Dangerous Opinions: Acceptance of Diversity

Materials: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, I enjoy doing art, and this provided an opportunity to express my creativity. I also enjoyed having a theme where I could think outside of the box and create something interesting!

About: Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, was a man of strong convictions! His willingness to confront the status quo and advocate his ideas made him unwelcome among Puritans of Massachusetts. He believed that while the government might dictate your behavior, it should not attempt to control your belief or your thoughts. Williams set up Rhode Island with these thoughts in mind, which resulted in a greater diversity of people. The two boats in my piece represent how Roger Williams’ ideas separated him from all others at the time and made Rhode Island a more interesting state. The boring, monochromatic ship, the S.S. Similarity, represents life without diversity and the unusual, colorful ship, the S.S. Freedom, that is reflected in the water represents Roger Williams’ dream of a more excepting and atypical community.

Created by Montessori Pathways School, Exeter, RI

Artists: Andrew, Grace, Phoebe, Aniessa

Title: Breaking the Chains

Teacher: Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Cook

Theme: Dangerous Opinions: Opposing Oppression

Did you enjoy this project? This was a great project! We really enjoyed studying Roger Williams and thinking about why and how his thinking was a challenge to leaders of that time.

Materials: Acrylic paint on canvas.

About: Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, was a man ahead of his time. His radical ideas were not accepted by the leaders of Massachusetts who wanted to persecute him for his beliefs. Roger Williams escaped Massachusetts and founded Rhode Island. As we worked collaboratively to identify a sub-theme for this artwork, we settled on the opposing oppression which Roger Williams advocated at every opportunity. Our art represents the ideas of justice, freedom, and self-determination, and integrates imagery from past and present.