The students were working on an assignment from the art class Drawn to Nature, taught by Conserve School Art Teacher Nancy Schwartz. Each student had chosen an item in the garden to observe closely and then draw with pen and watercolors. Although each had their own particular focus of interest, the students quietly chatted from time to time and borrowed brushes and pens from one another — a cozy little community of artists tucked among the garden beds. It was such a delight to work among them this morning.
Luckily, I had a school camera with me and could share the moment with you!
The Conserve School garden serves a variety of purposes: it is a perfect setting for real-world, hands-on learning — especially in art and science; it produces vegetables for our dining room and nectar and pollen for our beehives; and it provides a focus for campus service and stewardship activities. It also simply serves as a beautiful spot on campus to refresh the senses and enjoy nature.
~ Mary Anna Thornton, Assistant Head of School