Vision

The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Growing, Growing, Growing...

zucchini
With all of the rain we have had in the past couple of weeks, the garden is coming along nicely. We have tomatoes, zucchini, and snap peas growing. The oregano and basil are in abundance and the cukes will be flowering very shortly.

ladybug taking care of the aphids on the oregano

zucchini twins

cukes with the volunteer tomatoes (returning for a third year)

zucchini from another angle

cukes

tomotoes (we should have a lot this season)

wish you could smell this heavenly basil!

snap peas
After the holiday we will be planning a garden event which will include a garden activity and craft. Keep watching the Facebook page for details.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Draw Yourself Back to Nature - ecourse, blog hop and giveaway!


Connecting children with nature is one of the many reasons we started this garden project and what better way to do that than to sit and observe and then draw what you see.

During last summer's garden session we set up easels with watercolors so the children could paint what they saw in the garden. It was an unsupervised activity, where they could paint without instruction or guidance. The results were pretty amazing!



We both love to sketch and were looking for a course to take so we could learn watercolor techniques. We came across Kelly's e-course Draw Yourself Back to Nature which seemed to be just what we were looking for.


The course was exactly what we were looking for and much more. It was a four week course which included instruction on watercolor and sketching techniques, observing nature, quiet meditation plus lots of information on nature journaling.

One of the lessons was doing daily thumbnail sketching. Each day you get out in nature, observe your surroundings, listen to the environment and just let your mind wander to see what catches your eye. You then sketch what you see on the sheet Kelly provides as one of many downloads.



This was a great activity to slow down a bit and get outside to enjoy nature! You will be surprised at how much you miss as you rush around each day.
We enjoyed this activity so much that we created our own version of the worksheet and incorporated it into a garden club activity.


In the Draw Yourself Back to Nature course Kelly also showed us watercolor techniques through weekly lessons. We learned that the process is more important than the product, something we continue to work at. Kelly also shared with us her new Connecting with Color mini eCourse, which was a huge help in understanding a bit about color theory. These extra lessons were extremely helpful and much appreciated.


 Here is some or our artwork from the course:





We both took away so much more than expected from this course, not only with lessons and activities that we could incorporate into the garden club, but also by giving us the foundation to continue sketching and water coloring plus activities that we can do ourselves on a daily basis to reconnect with nature. 

 I have always kept a garden journal, it's a way for me to keep track of what I grow each year and to record the progress of the garden. I usually take photos to document the plants, but have always wanted to sketch and paint what I see instead. This course has given me the basic techniques to do that and the inspiration to keep learning! 

If you are looking for a way to connect with your children and nature this summer consider signing up fore this course!

Kelly is launching her self paced courses just in time for summer!

To celebrate this week's Bundle Up for Summer Blog Hop and new self paced eCourses, Wings, Worms, and Wonder will be giving away 2  FREE course registrations!!!

1 Connecting with Color course registration will be randomly drawn from comments on Friday's Wings, Worms, and Wonder Blog Hop post  &

1 Draw Yourself Back to Nature & Connecting with Color bundle will be drawn from the people who comment everyday on every post of the Bundle Up for Summer Blog Hop!!! So be sure to follow all week!! 

Winners will be announced on the Wings, Worms, and Wonder blog Tuesday 6/30!!!! 

Be sure to check out the other participants in the blog hop:


 And be sure to check out Kelly's post on Friday and leave a comment for a chance to win the giveaway!