Posts Tagged ‘art’

Jul27

Transformation: Learning through Art

A Living Library itself is an art work—our founder, Bonnie Ora Sherk, has made her career by transforming public urban spaces into more human-friendly, ecological habitats. (See video of her talk at Mills College Art Museum in a previous blog post!)

Our A.L.L. Garden / Ecology / Multi-Arts / Literacy / Nutrition Teachers emphasize to students the importance of creating art and transforming our environment and ourselves through art. For instance, students learned about the usefulness of scientific illustration to communicate knowledge visually. A.L.L. Teacher, Cecilia Frisardi conducted a lesson at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park in flower anatomy which included dissection and illustration.

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Feb09

Another Fantastic Salesforce Volunteer Group Grows A Living Library Nature Walk !

Helen Chan led another fantastic Salesforce Volunteer Event on December 17 in St. Mary's Park planting California Native Understory Plants in the Oak Allee, adding beauty and health to the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk. IMG_7955_Foto<em>r_Collage_Fotor__1423168042_73.15.149.33 This planting was accomplished in conjunction with Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director, Life Frames, Inc. and A Living Library Nature Walk, and John Miller, Park Supervisor, SF Recreation & Park Department. This Living Library Nature Walk is linking multiple parks, schools, public housing, and streets, leading to currently hidden Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary's Park, near Highway 280 in San Francisco. The Nature Walk is a prototype for what can be occurring throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in SF that interlinks eleven communities in southeast and southwest SF, through creating a new, narrative native landscape interconnecting diverse community assets and resources, framed by the Watershed. Also, proposed is development of Northern & Southern Gateways to the Watershed, that would incorporate the currently derelict 101 Freeway Interchanges at Chavez/Potrero/Bayshore (to become Northern Gateway) and Alemany/Industrial Way/Bayshore (to become Southern Gateway).  More about this exciting opportunity later. Stay tuned.......
Aug26

Painting with Elderberries in Chinatown Living Library & Think Park !

By mid-July, the Elder tree (Sambucus mexicana) at the Chinatown Living Library & Think Park at Gordon Lau Elementary School and Commodore Stockton Child Development Center was in full bloom, displaying cloud-like bouquets of tiny yellow flowers and bunches of dark blue berries. Last summer the students cooked the berries into a delicious and healthy syrup. This year when we harvested the raw berries...

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....the students explored the fruit's exceptional chromatic properties by mashing up the berries into pigment for painting !

We used our fingers and paintbrushes to create vibrant and natural works of art, following in the Native American tradition of transforming fruits and flowers of the Elder tree into color dye. 

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Although painting with fresh berries was a little messy at times, this hands-on activity allowed Pre-K students through 4th graders to physically engage with all stages of the Elder tree's reproductive life cycle -- from flowers to fruit to seeds!

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