Tuesday’s trip to Wheeler Bay heightened kids’ ability to notice what they see. Each student spotted a tree in the distance and drew it in detail. All this close looking at trees amidst the beauty of the quarry (Kids remarked,“I noticed a bunch of rocks.” “There’s a bridge back there.” “I see footprints on the ice.”) has enabled their artwork to take on new life.
LEAPS promotes scientific thinking – skills like observing, classifying, hypothesizing and verifying, while also provoking kids’ imaginations. Today fourth graders shared their exquisite drawings from the Sanctuary and then got to work on the last stages of their tree collagraphs. Artists will reinforce their compositions with gel medium over the weekend, and kids will make their prints next Tuesday.
The final component of their project is to integrate their self-portraits with their impressions of nature. For this they will learn two new techniques.
Artists brought this week to a close with the conclusion of the story of Wangari Maathai. In case you are learning along with the children, Maathai started the Green Belt Movement in 1977, which spearheaded the planting of more than 30 million trees in Kenya.
With hope, Nancy, Susan, Cindy, Alanna, Dee, and Emma