The Lower School undertook its first garden art project this fall, when all 32 students in Grade 1 each made a clay owl for display in the garden. In this interdisciplinary project, first-grade teachers Mary Ogden and Heather Smith-Willis, along with systems administrator Colleen Collins, taught the students about owls (as rodent protectors for the garden) using books, a DVD, and an iPad app. Creation of the owls was incorporated into Lindsay Baydin’s art curriculum.
Ms. Smith-Willis said the owls will debut this spring, stay there until the fall, and then go home with the students who made them. New owls will be created by next year’s first-grade students, and more garden art projects are planned or in progress, including mosaic stepping stones for a pathway. According to Ms. Smith-Willis, “We want to give the students opportunities to learn about different aspects of the garden while also having fun. It’s great for them to create something that will become part of the garden, visible to everyone.”
Pictured: Lower School art teacher Lindsay Baydin joins students as they display their clay owls.