Fine & Performing Arts Staff Students

Olivette Residents Invited to Create Community Art Project with Old Bonhomme

The art class students listen to a firefighter talk to the class.

Old Bonhomme Elementary students are partnering with their local heroes—Olivette Police and Fire—to create a community artwork for the new Olivette City Center that is scheduled to open in April! The project is a mosaic tree pieced together from clay tiles to be installed in the foyer of the new building. The tree symbolizes the community’s growth, strength and individualism.

And not only do the kids get to have a hand in being a part of history, but the public is invited to participate, too! The Old Bonhomme Art Department will host two open studio days for community members to craft a piece of the Olivette Community Tree, personalize it and choose a final color. The actual creation of the piece should take no more than 30 minutes. The students will then complete the glazing and firing of the clay pieces. The installation of the piece will be the week of April 10.

A student paints a piece of clay in the shape of a bird.The two dates are:

  • Sunday, Jan. 29 from noon to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

In order to ensure adequate space, the school asks that everyone RSVP here.

Lisa Roth, the school’s art teacher, has been planning this community art project for over a year with the help of Chief Knox and the City of Olivette. Each student at Old Bonhomme has made a clay piece to be included, with the help of Olivette police, fire and the mayor’s office staff. These heroes visited the art classes to help the kids create their clay creations for the tree, whether that was leaves, flowers, bugs, birds or any number of creative ideas!

Check out the pictures here!