a journal of our edible education

You Had to be There

IMG_1010 IMG_1013It is a challenge to capture in a few words and pictures what our students experienced this last week at our annual Art in the Garden event.  This is the day when several creative members of the community come to our campus to celebrate our pollinator garden and use their skills to engage students in conversations about the creative process.  This year the diversity of talent was remarkable.  When thirteen artists and performers enter a garden it is difficult to predict the variety of expression.  From the silly to the sublime our students witnessed quite the spectrum of artistic interpretation.  All were inspired by the same garden but each told a different story.

Consider the playful picture above.  Few students (and even fewer adults) could resist adding found elements to this rather stoic portrait.  This table provided a steady chorus of laughter all morning.  Contrast that with the  exquisite detail captured in a miniature watercolor and you’ll begin to get the idea.


Students witnessed big splashes of bright acrylic color as well as more subtle brushstrokes of oil paint.  They had interesting discussions about everything from costume design to architectural structure and ornamentation .  Several students had the opportunity to create innovative works inspired by environmental artists like Andy Goldsworthy.  A visiting hive of honey bees displayed their own take on this type of environmental installation. All of this was accompanied by a beautiful flute and rhythmic percussion that gave a heartbeat to this lively morning.  What a thing of beauty it is when so many talented artists come together to inspire and educate the next generation of creative thinkers and doers.


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4 responses

  1. tcinqo

    What an incredible event that encourages our children to be creative, find unique ways to express themselves, and appreciate the variety of gifts each individual has been given.

    November 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

  2. Love it!

    November 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  3. Wonderful. I love that a beekeeper was included. 🙂

    November 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

    • @Bill, We were very excited to have the bees (it is after all a pollinator garden). We try to show kids that the wall between the arts and sciences is artificial. The beekeeper was able to talk about the science of beekeeping and the importance planting habitats for bees and other insects. I love that he had these conversations right in the middle of an art festival. I think the two blended nicely. (btw, I really enjoy your blog.)

      November 22, 2013 at 6:40 am

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