Ava Summer School ArtStream Journal by Jenna Weston, project artist.
This ArtStream project combined hands-on
art and nature experiences. An assortment of fourth through sixth
graders participated in field trips to both stream and pond environments.
On site, they broke into two groups. One group studied aquatic flora
and fauna under the instruction of project leaders. I led the other
group in sketching various plants found growing in and beside the
different water habitats. The groups switched halfway through so that
everyone could do both activities, each of which enhanced the other.
Students drawing aquatic or riparian zone plants
Name That Critter: a tadpole turning into a frog
Collecting macroinvertebrates with naturalist Kevin Hogan
Feeding catfish at a pond in Ava
Sketching around the pond
I instructed my sketchers to closely observe
the structure, variations, irregularities, and significant features
of the different plants they chose to draw. In order to add interest
and make for more naturalistic depictions, the students were encouraged
to look for details such as branch and leaf vein patterns, evidence
of insect damage, size and shape variations, and overlapping of parts.
In all each student made at least six different drawings.
development of content for ArtStream has been funded through the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has
provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean