Wednesday, May 23 , 2018, 7:58 am | Overcast 58º

 
 
 
 

Botanic Garden, iCAN Collaborate on Pilot Art Project at Adams Elementary

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) are pleased to announce their collaboration on a pilot art project at Adams Elementary School.

The iCAN teaching staff will be incorporating native plants into the fall 2013 visual arts curriculum for all 78 students in the second grade, culminating in a public art exhibit at the garden’s Blaksley Library in December.

The Incredible Children’s Art Network is local a nonprofit organization with in-school visual arts and after-school music programming provided to 3,200 children a year. iCAN’s programs focus on bringing high-quality arts instruction to those children least likely to receive it.

The iCAN Visual Arts Program is present at six Title I schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, with a professional art teacher and assistant at each campus. The curriculum is based in California Visual Arts Standards and is revised annually to ensure the most advanced and innovative learning methods are implemented in the classroom.

“This collaboration is exactly the model of multidisciplinary learning that we strive to provide for our students. Both iCAN and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are deeply invested in quality education and we are looking forward to expanding this project into the future, to reach students across all five of our other elementary school campuses,” iCAN Executive Director Jeffry Walker said.

On Sept. 23, Adams’ second-graders and their teachers, along with parent volunteers, attended a field trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, homemade sketchbooks and pencils in-hand. As the class toured the garden, they took notes, penciled drawings and colored things they saw firsthand. They then returned to the iCAN Art Studio at Adams to create unique works of art, drawing from the inspiration of the field trip.

The lesson was led by iCAN teaching artist Magda Barnes and art assistant Katie Acheson. Each student will produce a native plant-inspired art piece that will then be curated as part of special exhibit for the Garden on view for the community Dec. 7 through Jan. 31.

"Our curriculum emphasizes the diversity of arts learning to encourage our students to think creatively about the world around them, while inspiring them to be life-long learners,” Magda Barnes said. “This field trip and art project are wonderful opportunities for students to view the natural elements they encounter each day through the lens of artistic reflection, recognizing that art can be anything; that art is … everywhere."

From the garden’s standpoint, this collaboration provides a unique chance to inform the community about the beauty and importance of California’s native plants, through the interpretation and art of the participating children and their families, using a fun, innovative and non-traditional avenue to spread the message.

“This is precisely the type of experiential education we hope to offer for students who visit the garden,” said Dr. Steve Windhager, executive director of SBBG. “We completely anticipate this collaboration with iCAN will continue to grow, and that our local elementary school students can not only learn about the importance of California natives, but also share the beauty of these plants with the community — as interpreted through the art created by the children.”

The semester-long project will culminate with a grand-opening reception for the Adams families and the community at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Blaksley Library. The cost is free with paid garden admission, and no advance registration is required.

— Joni Kelly is the communications manager for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >