WAR HORSE Inspires Art, Education in Local Schools

WAR HORSE Inspires Art, Education in Local Schools

By Stefanie Pohl. CREATED Dec 5, 2012

The arrival of WAR HORSE at the Wharton Center has prompted several art initiatives in schools around the Lansing area, and student work is featured prominently in the Main Lobby and 3rd Floor of Wharton.

WAR HORSE opens December 5th and runs through Sunday, December 9th. Show and ticket information can be found here.

Eye for Broadway is a Wharton Center initiative that connects students, art, and Wharton Center Touring Broadway shows. It began three years ago with award-winning Okemos art teacher, Eric Staib.

Staib enlisted MSU professor Steve Baibak from the Residential College of Art and Humanities and students from his puppet class to create a life-size horse using materials donated by the MSU Surplus and Salvage.

DeWitt Middle School teacher Erin Bader and her students created a 72x69x24 life-size horse made from various materials.

Hiawatha Elementary students also created a horse out of materials such as mop heads, gems, yarn, and fluorescent paint. Staib and his students' horse's legs and head were designed and constructed by Bret Sheen of Clearwater Creek.

Their horse will be auctioned off, benefitting the Wharton Center Education scholarship fund.

According to Dana Brazil, the Associate Director of Education at the Wharton Center, Eye for Broadway gives students the opportunity to become engaged in learning through different methods, with featured Broadway shows as inspiration.

In previous years, students have done art and learning projects inspired by Mary Poppins and Memphis.

Brazil was also awarded a $5,000 National Education Grant from The Broadway League, focused on the National Broadway Tour of WAR HORSE.

For this particular project, WAR HORSE Goes to School, Wharton Center partnered with three 4th/5th grade classrooms from Williamston Explorer Elementary. The students started working on this multi-layered arts integrated project in mid-September, and will have the opportunity to see a matinee performance of WAR HORSE on December 6th.

Students used WAR HORSE as a lens for their core curriculum work, including reading and discussing the original book, learning about WWI , writing creative stories, and creating artwork inspired by the story.

From drawing live horses to creating unique horse puppets using a variety of materials, the students were able to capture the spirit of the animals.


CLICK HERE to view a gallery of the artwork featured throughout the Wharton Center during the run of WAR HORSE, December 5-9, 2012.