I visited the Edward Hicks show in Philadelphia. I lived in the same town as
him, so there was always a connection for me.
He painted many images of the Isaiah verse about the lion laying down with
the lamb. His pictures had Wm. Penn making a treaty with the Indians (also
happened in Philly/Bucks County area). Hicks used this image because it was
the only way he could paint AND be a good Quaker.
So I asked the kids what they thought peace was, and how difficult it was to
express. Kids have no problem with war, anger, hate: they know it from TV
and cartoons -- guns, blood, explosions, yelling. But how do they picture
peace? What images would express peace?
This was a true thinking project. (Hey Marvin, am I on the right track here?)
What was the opposite of those images that flood their world? I got different
images: a favorite peaceful place, playing with a sibling they usually fought
with, showing a harmonious family, animals that represented peace to them.
My favorite image was of two groups of "Army guys" who were throwing their
weapons on the bonfire in the center.