(below) The Hodge classroom's still life 'collage,' composed of a wild array of objects, made its way into many different student projects.
(below) David Hodge's blue bus became the basis for student gatherings and for a variety of artistic interpretations.
Cathy Hodge, David's daughter, said, "There was real freedom in the art room. Freedom to be as curious and creative as we wanted to be. Art professors and visitors were often astonished by the beauty and the skill demonstrated in our work. They would incredulously ask, “You did reduction printmaking with junior high students? That is difficult to teach at the university level!”
My dad believed that children’s art was Art with a capital A and he proved that daily."
(below) Walking tours of nearby Oshkosh streets helped students see their surroundings anew. Back in the classroom, they were encouraged to use various materials and artistic techniques to interpret what they had seen and experienced.
(below) Hodge students learned to observe the reality of their surroundings. Yet there were also many opportunities to use one's imagination and different media to create abstract works.
(below) Students often drew or painted each other to become familiar with the human form and its expressiveness. David Hodge's teaching encouraged such sensitive depictions of personalities and moods that one may forget that these works were created by 6- to 15-year-olds.
(below) Plants and animals gave the students opportunities to closely observe nature's incredible beauty and quirkiness, through a myriad of creative visual techniques.
The Rose C. Swart Campus School Children’s Art Collection, absconded with, and curated by, David Hodge, is permanently housed at Concordia College in Mequon, Wisconsin. To arrange a visit, contact Galand Stone, professor of Art. 

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