Green Street is looking for students who can help today from about 1PM–3:30PM.
The students will help today with a plant lesson and more importantly on Thursday, March 28 from 11:30PM–3:30PM, help to do the hands on mosaics with the kids. This time frame includes training on how to make the mosaics so no artistic or landscaping talent is needed.
The Greening Green Street Project:
We are collaborating with Wesleyan students from Sonia Manjon’s Art & Social Justice class and teaching artist/landscape designer Deb Aldo. The team will work with our After School Program children to make a series of pebble mosaics to be installed throughout the planters and collect their ideas for designing a new plan for the plants themselves. The final product will be a beautiful year-round space that will also serve as an art and science teaching tool.
First, we’ll have art and science lessons about topics such as plant science, numbers, and design to provide context. This will lead into a discussion about what kinds of plants the children would like to learn more about – i.e. plants you can eat, plants with texture, plants with different colors, etc. Deb will use those ideas and information about the existing plants and plants we get donated to create a design plan for planting. In case you’re also a gardener, we’re collecting a list of possible seeds, seedlings, or cuttings that our community could contribute to the cause.
Second, we’ll work on the mosaics. The After School Program children will get to make a practice mold to take home and then a larger piece for the planters. The staff will also get trained in a slightly different technique for adults.