Visual Art 10 students researched topics of interest regarding the environment. Choices included, but were not limited to: (a) Glyphosate and its impact (or lack of impact) on humans, (b) Healing plant species - Indigenous knowledge and pharmaceutical industries, (c) Forests, the logging industry, and global warming.
Students created makeshift microscopes by attaching macro lenses to their phones (they used sticky-tack) and zoomed in on their subject of choice to create an abstract painting of a plant species. Overtop of the abstract they painted a realistic object/scene to convey a message about the connection between humans and plants. Seeds were then physically embedded into the artwork (this project was inspired by Ruth Cuthand's "Trading Series" artworks where beads are attached and Naomi Gerrard's mixed media seed paintings).
Sarah Gerrard teaches Visual Arts 9-12 at Warman High School. She recently received a grant from the Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation to infuse her courses with STEAM.