Bugs, Bones, and Botany: Exploring the Natural World through Art
***This program is fully booked for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year; please let us know if you are interested in bringing Jess to your school in 2020-21!***
Students will create detailed drawings from observation of scientific specimen which includes animal skulls, insect specimen, plant materials, and other natural materials. Students will work in pencil, pen, and ink and in longer sessions may work in watercolor, acrylic media, or charcoal. Program encourages observational skills, critical thinking, literacy, spacial awareness, and informs on natural sciences; it is adaptable to any skill level or curriculum.
Students will individually complete a minimum of one observation drawing from study of natural specimen.
Students will learn and improve drawings skills.
Students will gain knowledge about specific plants, animals, and natural systems.
- Students will improve observational and deductive skills.
- Students will gain confidence in planning and executing artwork.
- Appropriate for all grade levels.
- 4 visits at 45 minutes each
- Prep hours: 1 hour per classroom
- Materials: $2.00 per student.
- Travel from Corvallis
Optional WREN Program Expansion
Book this program between January and March of 2020 to boost science learning through our WREN
collaboration! This program expansion includes an additional day of programming, brings a natural sciences educator from WREN to your students, and connects the nature arts to the local environment.
Cost: $135 per classroom
Jess Graff has been working with children and community programming in the Pacific Northwest for over 13 years. An artist, teacher, and Playworker, Jess has participated in numerous gallery shows and residency programs at schools, art centers, libraries, museums, and a correctional facility. She has also had the pleasure of presenting at arts and education conferences on the topics of creativity, collaboration, equity, and the power of play. She is passionate about creating equitable classroom spaces and artworks that invite people of varied ages and backgrounds to collaborate and communicate together. As an artist with both Western European and Middle Eastern heritage, Jess draws inspiration for her artwork from her personal history, the natural world, and from moments of shared creative exploration with the families she teaches.