Drawing for Understanding in Field Science is an innovative course for high school students that combines natural science and visual art. Developed at Brookline High School with a grant from The 21st Century Fund, the course helps students study and understand the natural world through observational drawing. The students’ botanical illustration projects are currently on display in the Visitor Center at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
“I loved seeing the herbarium. The extensive collection and hard work was magnificent, and I appreciated how each plant profile was important.” – JJ
This marks the second consecutive year that Brookline students have exhibited their drawing projects at the Arboretum, which has partnered with teacher Donna Sartanowicz for several years. Earlier in the fall, fifteen Brookline High School students visited the Arboretum to explore, observe, and sketch in the collections. After visiting the herbarium, the library, and the landscape, students returned to class to learn the principles of visual design. Their projects combine and organize images and text into a cohesive whole, providing clues to identifying tree species in any season.
“The experience was inspirational. It matched my premonition of the Arnold Arboretum being a magical place.” – KAW
The illustrations created by the students will be on display in the Visitor Center at the Arboretum through January 19. Stop by for a look and enjoy their impressive and creative interpretations of Arboretum trees.
“I liked walking around and seeing all the different trees and leaves.” JS