Phillips' students add a 'Pop' of color at school
Phillips elementary students partnered with students from the University of Pittsburgh to create and hang paper flowers outside of their school as part of the citywide "Pop de Fleurs" fiber arts display.
Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade created the flowers with the help of University of Pittsburgh students from Pitt Serves and the Pitt Gymnastics team. The project is part of a citywide outdoor art installation, whose purpose is to bring some brightness and color to the city in the typically dreary winter months.
On March 7- 8, more than 20 university students came to Phillips to help with the project. Several Pitt students were assigned to each classroom to assist in the creation of the flowers. Each student at Phillips made at least one, resulting in more than 300 beautiful, unique pieces of art.
The flowers, which can now be seen hanging on the fence in front of the school on Sarah Street, were created using mostly repurposed materials.
Phillips students and teachers had a great time working with the Pitt students. Third grade teacher Stacy Riggle-El Sabbagh noted, "they were dynamic presenters and volunteers, super personable and especially helpful and cooperative while working with the students."
The Pitt students went above and beyond what was expected, as many of them engaged the Phillips students in conversations about their majors and their hopes for future careers. As a result, the project ended up being a great opportunity for students to not only create art, but also to engage in conversations about higher education.
The flowers will remain on the fence outside of Phillips for the next several weeks.