Two weeks later we went to the Mtn. Grove School to help the students turn their drawings into prints. There are four 5th grade classes and I saw each one of them half of a day. In this time they refined their drawings, transferred them to a linoleum plate, and printed 5 prints (two for each student, one for their classroom, and two for Bryant Creek).
For the most part the children¹s drawings were better than I thought they would be, and many of them remembered the name of at least one native plant, and had a good drawing of it.
The children completed their printmaking project in the approximately 3 hours available time and most were interested and engaged and excited about their work so much that when they returned to the classroom after breaks they got right back to work. They all enjoyed the printing process and the results. In addition to the two prints we gave them their printing plates which they seemed eager to have.
This project was a lot of work for 5th graders and they embraced the work and worked hard to finish. I think these children benefited greatly from the Stream Days field trip, and from our follow up with the Art Stream printmaking project.
The Art Stream project gave them a reminder of what they learned at the creek, and gave us a nice assurance that our teaching at Stream Day had some lasting impact.
Personnel required: Three people from the project every day, plus one additional volunteer on one day, and the 5th grade science teacher. All of the other 5th grade teachers were at the Stream Day, but none participated directly in the Art Stream beyond being flexible in their scheduling so that we could have the students in blocks of time.
Materials and teaching techniques: (See other Art Stream descriptions).
Conclusion: I think that this Art Stream coupled with the Stream Day, was very effective in bringing the student's attention to native plants and encouraging careful observation and recording in their Nature Journals. The printing project brought their efforts full circle to a completed project. I would have liked to have had them longer at Stream Day for more observation and drawing and given the time constraints in was a very good project. Joining Stream Day with Art Stream and giving two sessions to Nature Journaling would be a pretty ideal teaching and learning experience.