Fourth-graders Take Part in National Art Exhibit

Forty fourth-grade students from Cardinal Ridge Elementary in South Riding will have their artwork displayed in a most unusual way.

Their work will be combined with that of 8,000 other students to wrap the skeleton of a 385-foot Space Launch System rocket replica. The rocket will then be on display in temporary exhibits throughout the country.

It is currently on display through Aug. 31 at the Thomas Stone National Historical Site, at 6655 Rose Hill Road, in Port Tobacco, MD.

The Space Launch System is what NASA calls its dream rocket, representing the dream of going to Mars and beyond. The theme of the artwork covering the rocket is “Stories of the American Revolution,” which theme aligns with the fourth-grade curriculum. Each student researched a person or event from the American Revolution, then illustrated the person or event in a 2-foot-by-2-foot, quilt-like square. Under the direction of art teachers Lane Bolyard and Abby Luckenbaugh, the students also created artist statements about their work.

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