a journal of our edible education

Art in the Garden

Once again Orlando Junior Academy celebrated its annual Art in the Garden festival.  This time of year the school’s pollinator garden is a profusion of color and life and the students gather around it to learn about the connection between art and the natural world.  Fourteen volunteers from our community and beyond came to share their talents and encourage a discussion about the process of creativity.  Among the artists represented were: painters, writers, musicians, a landscape architect, an environmental consultant and a performance artist (who became the above “living statue”).  All of these generous artists showed how a garden, through inspiration, can be translated into a unique work of art.  Students came prepared to ask thoughtful questions about creativity and craft and were inspired by the discussions that followed.  OJA continues to be a place where a child’s education is engaging and experiential.  It is also a place that embraces the generosity of its village.

As one of our visiting artists wrote:  “…from the beautiful campus to the amazing food to the warm staff and the close-knit volunteers, OJA students are clearly the beneficiaries of a great deal of hard work, community support, and treat-every-child-like-he’s-your-child affection.  It’s encouraging to me to see the next generation being raised with so much love, and I’m so glad to have gotten the opportunity to see it.”

Thanks to all who made this such a beautiful day.

Painting Sunflowers

Creating their own gardens with the help of a landscape architect

Remember these?

Making Music

Feeling the wind that makes the sound

Discussing pollinators

Falling in love with storybook mice

Our art teacher

Yes, she’s real.



4 responses

  1. judy bingham

    What is the name of the storybook about mice please?

    November 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    • The author’s name is Christie Ray and she writes books about a mouse named Eliza. You can learn more about her by visiting her blog: christiegrammyshouse.blogspot.com and you can order her books from amazon.

      November 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  2. Christie Ray

    Brad…what a beautiful post! It inspires me all over again. THe first photo is gorgeous…she was truly amazing. THank you for including me in this celebration of such beauty. Again, so very proud of you. Christie


    November 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  3. This is wonderful. What a great opportunity for these children to celebrate the arts! Oh, that other schools would follow this fabulous example and share the beauty with the next generation.

    November 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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