Fort Plain Central School District News
Harry Hoag fourth-grade students are putting the finishing touches
on mosaic murals they have been working on since September. This is
the second year students have had the opportunity to work with
visiting artist Linda Biggers, thanks to a $3,000 grant received
from the Saratoga Arts Council. Saratoga Arts made this program
possible with an Arts Education Grant funded by the New York State
Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and
the New York State Legislature.
In collaboration with their social studies unit, students are
creating three murals (a triptych) of the Erie Canal.
Historian Dave Brooks of Schoharie Crossing kicked off the unit in
September with a presentation about the canal. Students
then selected images from his presentation that they wanted to feature in
Ms. Biggers visits the school a total of five times to instruct and
guide students on working with glass to create the murals. She works
alongside Fort Plain art teacher, Autumn Slawienski.
Last year's classes created a
mosaic mural featuring historical landmarks and architecture from
around Fort Plain which now hangs outside the cafeteria at Harry
program has been so successful, we are hoping to continue next year
with plans to depict the current and future projects along the
river,” said art
teacher Autumn Slawienski.
This year's murals will be finished by the Christmas break and
turned over to Ms. Biggers for grout and drying. They will then be
returned to the school for display.