Take the kids on a painted rock hunt at Annmarie Sculpture Garden

RockthoughtsFamilies can go on a little treasure hunt for painted rocks at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, and when they find a rock, they can go online and write part of a story about the rock character.


Rock Thoughts by Sunderland students

The rocks around the garden are the finished masterpieces of Rock Thoughts, a collaborative arts and literacy project created by Sunderland Elementary students. Each student sent a photograph and the location of their painted rock to hello@rockthoughts.com, where a specific code is made for each rock. The code, as well as the Rock Thoughts website are written with a permanent marker on the underside of the rock. Each rock artist submits the first story for their character online before releasing them into the wild. Once the rock is hidden the real adventure begins. When someone finds a rock, they add more to the story online. The stories can then be viewed and shared by all.

"More than one hundred fourth-grade students painted rocks as part of their art class where they talked about creating a character and painting techniques. After the rocks were painted, the students then worked in their English Language Arts class to create the beginning of their rocks' adventures. When the stories were finished, the fourth graders hid the rocks on the school grounds. Third grade students then found the rocks and continued the rocks' adventures. By the end of the year we even had a few second graders finding rocks and writing stories," said Visual Art Teacher, Maria Lendacky, who teaches at Sunderland Elementary.

Kids are invited to join the adventure now at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. They can find a rock character, just off the main path through the woods, near the Arts Center building, or in the Fairy Lolly. Once a rock is found, families can get the code, go online and join the fun.