Posted by: csdailyblog | October 28, 2010

Famous Environmentalists Appear as “Leaf People” at Conserve School

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Nancy Schwartz, Conserve School Art Teacher, and her students took advantage of all of the autumn leaves on the ground to create life-size leaf people. Students lashed branches together to create frames, stuffed their creations with leaves, and used dried vegetation for hair and decorations.

Nancy describes some of the details of the project:

Students created their leaf people, now keeping us company in the Gathering Space, to represent famous environmentalists John Muir, Margaret Mead and Rachel Carson. They each have a quotation: John’s is in his pocket on a note that sticks out and says, ‘please read’. They each hold something significant. John Muir holds a book he wrote (a copy made by the students), Margaret Mead holds her walking stick and Rachel Carson holds a banned can of DDT. The students all made interesting reports on each of their characters and grew attached to them, their history and their characters as they studied them, constructed them from the skeleton up and described them to each other.

Margaret Mead may not be as well known for her environmental views as Rachel Carson or John Muir, but she was quite a spokesperson for the environment. She often spoke on Earth Day – one year at the United Nations. Some thought of her as the “Mother of the World,” and she was an activist for environmental justice. The quote at the art room door happens to be hers – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

See more photos of students and their leaf people posted on Nancy’s website.

Mary Anna


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