All summer long, the WMC offers a selection of artsy programing to kids through the Mountain Arts for Youth Program. This year, kids made recycled instruments, nature collages, an artifact mural, and a community field guide.
Kristin shared with the participants an assortment of field journals, why we have them, and how to make one. Our goal for the day was to create a field journal filled with the plants that exist naturally in the space around us out here in McCarthy.
As with most programs at the WMC, children of all ages are invited to participate. Because my drawing skills are very limited, I knew it would beyond my comfort zone to participate–and that is the idea. It’s how you learn. I foolishly chose yarrow. Kristin said all the plants are difficult to draw, but yarrow is MORE difficult. I am not sure why I did not simply select raspberry leaves.
From there we headed back to Porphyry Place to create our final drafts of our plants. Kristin showed the students how she rough sketches, then uses water color paints, and finally pencil to create her field sketches.
Kristin is a professional artist certified to teach in our schools. If you would like to have your children have this wonderful experience in both art and science, you can learn more by visiting her website and blog.