Check out cross-divisional nature art exhibit during October
Check out cross-divisional nature art exhibit during October

A new art exhibit, "Contemplations on Pollination," is open near the dining terrace through the month of October. Work was submitted by students across divisions and disciplines.

Nature inspires art and expression, and, it deepens understanding of concepts presented in class. Through October, our students will share their experiences with the natural world in a collective display of art and contemplations. All pieces in the exhibition explore the plant and pollinator partnerships. Student work is cross-divisional and cross-discipline.

One collection, a collaboration between Upper School AP Photo and first grade, is a documentation of observations along the edge of the woods. Upon close inspection of this habitat, our students discovered that its flowers are host to an incredible variety of life. Insects can be observed foraging and spiders are keenly hidden in their webs hunting. At CCDS, we promote plant and animal partnerships managing our campus to restore and maintain native-habitat. We know that this native landscape enhances our students' experience.

Third grade students embarked on a separate investigation along this same campus habitat. They focused their attention on goldenrod—the plant that paints our forest edge in yellow sprays during September. These students were asked to consider how Native Americans could have used this plant. From this inquiry emerged a project of dying fabric with goldenrod. This student-dyed fabric became the canvas on which Upper School English students printed their writing.

Additional work is provided by Lower School art students exploring insect symmetry and honeycomb tessellations, and Upper School art students studying the recently installed pollinator beds. Upper School studio students also developed an original play, "Super Pollinators," based on several storybooks on bees. They performed their play for Lower School during assembly. This performance was captured and will be communicated by two Upper School students as a film editing piece. Additionally, Upper School math students have looked to honeybees exploring the efficiency of design of their hives and the tessellation of hexagons.

-Kaki Scheer, Director of Outdoor Education