Student teachers: Kids help kids at Jefferson School

Seuss is on the Loose at Custer County District High School and Jefferson Elementary School in Miles City. 

Art teacher DeeAnn Sutter’s Art II high school class is again collaborating with  Kim Schneidt and Maria Schock’s kindergarten class on a team art project. 

This past Thursday 30 high school students helped 35 Jefferson kindergarten students create paintings of Thing One and Thing Two, popular Dr. Seuss characters.

In return, the kindergarteners helped the high school students design Seussian creatures to sculpt, continuing a lesser known Dr. Seuss tradition.

Theodor Seuss Geisel —Dr. Seuss — was not only an author, but an artist and sculptor. In the early 1930s he created his “A Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy,” a menagerie of Seussian animals constructed from real animal beaks and horns.

The parts were supplied by his father, a zoo keeper in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Taking inspiration of Dr. Seuss’s “Unorthodox Taxidermy,” the high school students will use rubber beaks, noses and feathers to add a whimisical twist to their creatures, and hope to have them displayed in the lobby of the high school for the opening of the musical “Seussical Jr.” on Friday.

It wasn’t the first time that the younger and older students worked together this year.

In October the kindergarten class drew monsters and the Art II class illustrated them. Using the simple line drawings created by the kindergarteners, high school students brought them to life in a colorful painting.