In the spring of 2013, we were invited by the most populated elementary school in North America – Thorncliffe Public School, to engage their Grade 4 classes in arts workshops that explored local environmental issues, including the impact of consumption, waste and littering and resulted in large-scale public art installation on the school-grounds.

Through a series of in-class and outdoor workshops facilitated by Program Manager Anjuli Solanki, students generated ideas on what sustainability means to them and developed visual representations of those concepts, which were later turned into stencils.

After practicing stencil art techniques indoors, students were led out in groups to install the stencils, using environmentally friendly paints, on the schoolyard asphalt. Hundreds of stencils were applied to the school grounds and surrounding areas as a reminder of the environmental impact that local residents can have.