Growing With Gourds



The annual fifth grade gourd project integrates art, science, and humanities while helping students find their voices as writers. The gourds are grown, harvested and dried on campus by Heathwood students. Art teacher Clare Scurry showed students how to look for patterns in nature and then design gourds using space and balance. Visiting artist, Mitzi Davis Crapps shared her knowledge of designing and cultivating this amazing plant. After students finish painting the gourds, the artwork serves as inspiration for original stories in their humanities class.  In science, studying the life cycle of plants such as gourds helps reveal how humans depend on the plant world for life. And because gourds have been used for thousands of years in the Americas, the project also helps students learn more about ancient cultures and civilizations.
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