High Meadow’s 2nd grade class recently completed their Portrait Project, and the results are absolutely amazing. Step inside the main building and you will see their impressive work, lining the wall outside the 2nd grade classroom.
As part of their Writer’s Workshop, and as a way of learning about their personal family histories, each child picked a family member to interview. They then asked their subjects what they remembered from their own childhoods, paying great attention to detail. Finally, students painted portraits of their interview subjects, and the resulting narratives and portraits are displayed together. The final pieces are truly remarkable.
Beth Humphrys, Education Curator at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, (WAAM), supported the students throughout the project, showing the class samples of portraiture from WAAM’s permanent collection as inspiration.

The project culminated with an art opening at WAAM, on February 10th, where several students stood beside their work and answered questions from a packed audience.

Our 2nd graders have now had the unique and exciting experience of being part of a curated exhibit at a museum, as their work will be on display in the YES (Youth Exhibition Space) Gallery at WAAM through March 11th. For more information go to

A special thank you to 2nd grade parent Roberta Z. for organizing this fantastic project!