Arts Learning with COMPAS: Ordinary to Extraordinary with Shakun Maheshwari

Students make sand art with Shakun

Students make sand art with Shakun

This spring, students got to experience another amazing residency thanks to the MSAB Arts Learning grant. The kindergartners and first graders at Parkview Center School received a special visit from Shakun Maheshwari who used Indian culture to connect students to the environment. 

1st Grade teacher Jennifer Eckman said, "I think this project gave kids a chance to experience a new form of art and to think about how their art might impact people to think differently about the environment." 

Shakun is a visual artist of many genres, such as graphic design, photography, and various other mediums like the sand art you see in the picture.

Something that surprised Jennifer throughout the residency? 

"How much the kids responded to the sand art--especially the sand art that was not permanent and how they seemed to understand what Shakun was trying to show with the process being as valuable as the product. I also loved how they responded to her teaching about how art makes people happy!"

Even though the students were slightly apprehensive to draw, they committed to the project and created some truly beautiful work.

"I loved seeing their faces as she showed them the Sari fabric and the conversations we had in class after our times with her about learning and all of the connections to folk art in their own families." 


This artwork will be displayed in the school for the whole community to see. A round of applause for another successful Arts Learning residency!