As We Go FORWARD is a collection of over 150 individually handcrafted ceramic lanterns created by the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade art students of Inza R. Wood Middle School in Wilsonville, Oregon. These lanterns represent the journey one is on during the pivotal, uncertain, exciting, and transformative years that are middle school. They represent the lighting of a path to the unknown. These lanterns also serve as reminder that as we find our way in life, our decisions lead to consequences that affect our community and have the potential to change the world. The journey ahead is full of possibilities and we each strive to be a bright light.
The art students of Inza R. Wood Middle School are a diverse group of creative, open-minded, and hard-working artists. In the studio the students learn a variety of ways of making with an emphasis on how artists are makers of change. They have been learning to express themselves as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and the impact they will have on the world.