Originally created 12/05/01

Program lets children turn field trips into works of art



The lobby at Bungalow Road Elementary School was transformed into a miniature art museum Tuesday afternoon.

Watercolor paintings, handmade books, still life drawings and a nature quilt, all creations of fourth- and fifth-grade artists, were just a few of the items showcased at the reception for the Draw on Nature exhibit.

The Draw on Nature program is a partnership between the National Science Center's Fort Discovery and the Morris Museum of Art. The eight-week interdisciplinary program focuses on nature.

The pupils bring what they learn on field trips back to the classroom and create art projects based on their experiences.

"(The program) is probably different from anything they've experienced before," said Drew Brown, the art teacher at Bungalow Road.

Pupils took field trips to the Morris Museum, Augusta Canal, Phinizy Swamp and Fort Discovery. They kept a journal of their field trips.

Devante Germany, 9, said he enjoyed the program and learned a lot.

"Animals are really smart," the fourth-grader said.

The program, funded by state Title I money, is the first of its kind. A similar day tour program has previously been offered, but not on an extended scale.

"We are very pleased with the success of this program here at Bungalow," said Cheryl Zimmerman, an education specialist at Fort Discovery.

Ms. Drew said the real success of the program can be measured by the pupils' reactions.

"I think (the program) speaks for itself when the kids don't want it to end," she said.

Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 823-3552.