Washington Primary School third graders brought their creative talents to new heights while designing gorgeous handbags.
“In the art room we tap into many facets of the art world, including fashion handbags,” veteran district art teacher Maria Mazzola said. “The third grade students in Suzy Dinehart and Vicki Creighton’s classes were introduced to the world of fashion handbags and what a multi-billion dollar industry it is.”
The third graders embraced the project and met the creative challenge head on. “As an art teacher, I wanted my students to tap into their own artistic skills to design a handbag and get a sense of what it might feel like to be a top designer such as Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors or Gucci, just to name a few,” Mrs. Mazzola said. “I want my students to know that they, too, have the potential to be a future designer if they choose to take that path in life. There are many opportunities for them to use their art skills in the future if they choose an art career since everything that we use every day in our society started with someone designing it first and handbags are a very popular one.”
Many of the handbags are now on display just off Washington’s main lobby. They are grabbing the attention of everyone who passes the exhibit.
“Mrs. Mazzola is able to tap into the potential and creativity of all of our students,” Washington Principal Michelle Richards said. “One would never think third grade students - eight year olds - created the work on display through this purse project. We decided to put them on display for all of our students, teachers, staff and visitors to see the color and creativity taking shape at Washington Primary School.”