One of my favorite parts of our STEAM in the Park program is the "A" time- the ART. I find that having an artistic outlet, regardless of my skill level, is a great way to decompress, process what I've learned, and explore new art mediums. At Bryce Canyon National Park we were lucky to have the chance to learn some basic watercolor painting techniques. Sitting on the rim of the canyon gave us an incredible subject to paint- from the vanilla-smelling trees to the burnt sienna hoodoos and cliffs, and on to the blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds, there was lots to look at and take in.
Art does so many great things - for kids and adults alike. It helps us tap into our creative side. That inclination we have to explore new ideas for representing what we know and do. It helps us express new learning, and it gives us an opportunity to not be perfect- something I always need to practice!
When our original teacher ended up sick we were fortunate to have Ms. Bonnie step in as our facilitator & teacher. I was amazed at how she jumped right into the experience. She taught us some great tips and techniques to get started with watercolor. She encouraged us to give things a try, and if it didn't work out to try something different. Isn't that exactly what we'd want our students to do? What a joy and a gift to have some time to learn with her.
How might you include art in your lessons? You'll be amazed (and maybe even surprised) at the good that comes from it!