This beautiful learning tree was created through The Pathways to Education in Rexdale during the after school arts program. The participants were grade 9 students of local secondary schools. Students designed, sculpted, paper mached and painted the tree with Pamela’s guidance.
The 7 roots of the tree have been painted to reflect qualities or characteristics of life. Through discussions the youth determined what they feel is most important for their home life and living in healthy community. These qualities are from left to right: wisdom, friendship, love, family, joy, respect and spirituality. The center root, family is considered the most important aspect of nourishing their lives. Several of the
leaves were painted to reflect the symbolism of the roots.
The tree sculpture will be permanently displayed at The Pathways to Education office. Final display picture and tree title coming soon.