Marshall VanWagoner has a tree house at home, but said the similarities are few between it and the one he recently made in art class.
“Mine (at home) has 2-by-4s holding it up and I literally painted the floor of that one black too,” pointed out the Murray Lake Elementary fifth-grader. “But it doesn’t have a fireplace or a bathroom, and you can’t park cars in it.”
As part of their unit on space and form, art teacher Nicole Bosco had just two requirements for her assignment to construct a dream tree house: that it be elevated and that it be constructed using cardboard boxes. The details were limited only by her students’ imaginations.
Sam Stevens and Victor Preis made one with a helipad, a satellite station and “a pet alligator to protect everything,” Sam explained.
Emma Bruwer and Ellery Ostrander’s had cathedral ceilings, a loft and a second-floor fireplace they “patented” so nobody else could copy their design.
“They really like it because they get to be creative and to play while they’re learning,” Bosco said.