Student-Designed Carpets Being Sold for a Good Cause

  • Learning
Jennette Mullaney

As part of a yearlong interdisciplinary project, Avenues 2nd graders have been working with Jan Kath gallery to design carpets. The students created designs based on radial symmetry, and the gallery’s artisans wove them—by hand—into gorgeous carpets.

Carpets designed by Avenues students (left and right) and Kelsang Primary students (center)

Carpets designed by Avenues students (left and right) and Kelsang Primary students (center) on display at Jan Kath gallery

These carpets are now being sold at auction, with proceeds benefiting Kathmandu’s Kelsang Primary School, where many of Jan Kath’s Nepalese workers send their children. Throughout the design project, Avenues 2nd graders have been exchanging letters and video messages with 2nd and 3rd graders at Kelsang Primary. The Kelsang children have designed carpets of their own, which are also available at the auction.

Kelsang Primary School in Kathmandu

Kelsang Primary school in Kathmandu

In addition to the carpets, the auction also features works by renowned Nepalese photographer Prasanna Bajracharya, who has been documenting this project in Nepal. Bidding will end at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7. The items will be on display in Jan Kath gallery, located at 555 W 25th St., through Monday, June 25.

  • 2nd Grade
  • Art
  • Arts
  • Global
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Lower Division
  • Project-based Learning