Posted by: csdailyblog | August 25, 2012

Art in the Conserve School Garden

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This morning the Conserve School garden appeared to be growing students right alongside the cucumbers, pumpkins, green beans, beets, and kale. As I walked from James House up a small rise to the school garden, first I saw one student, then another, and then another, each nestled among the greenery, their bright summer clothes making them look right at home alongside the particolored zinnias scattered throughout the raised beds.

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

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