Tree Houses Can Too Have Alligators and Fireplaces
Students Design Imaginary Treetop Dwellingsby Morgan Jarema
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.
Submitted on: May 26th 2017