What I've Created
Fairmount Park is home to a complex local ecosystem. Campers assembled into specialized groups to investigate various aspects of the life of Fairmount Park. Our field study groups were: Birds, Insects, Trees, and Other Living Things. Once they had observed and identified their subjects using field guide books, campers created water color paintings of what they observed and made some notes on what they had learned.
At the Horticultural Center, we were surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. By dissecting a Lily Alstromeria flower, campers discovered the inner-workings of the flower and learned that a flower performs an important job for a plant. The flower is the reproductive organ of the plant. Flowers are pretty and smell good because they need to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. When a flower is pollinated, it’s ovary and ovules begin to grow into a fruit containing seeds. The seeds will one day grow into a new plant! Campers identified and charted each part of the flower.
We started out by looking at paintings of flowers by Georgia O’Keefe, an innovative painter of the mid-twentieth century. She painted flowers from an up close perspective, hoping to share the unique way in which she personally saw them. Campers then spent a few days in the green-house, sketching the plants that they found most interesting. They then transferred their sketches to canvas, using a grid for guidance. Their finished paintings are surely unique!
The students learned about advertising and used their theatre/film acting skills that we previously worked on to create their own commercial advertisement. The students were given some guidelines, such as to include persuasive techniques, a price, and creativity aspects; but the entirety of the commercials were created and invented by the students. I was very impressed of the effort and creativity they all used.
Here is a YouTube link to Angel’s half of the commercial. Brandon completed the other half: