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Visual Arts in the Garden

Observe the world of visual arts from a garden perspective in this artistic program that includes thought-provoking activities related to art history, art interpretation, and art production.

Students will embark on an artistic garden voyage that explores the enticing world of garden-inspired art. The study and interpretation of Impressionist artist Claude Monet will serve as inspiration for students to create their own garden-inspired work using developmentally appropriate media and techniques.

K-2: Students experiment with color mixing as they create a color wheel and an original piece of artwork mimicking Impressionist painting techniques.

3-5: Students explore color theory, make their own color wheels, and are challenged to create an original work in the Impressionist style using oil pastels.

6-8: Students investigate the Impressionist movement and interpret paintings of Claude Monet using Visual Thinking Strategies. Using oil pastels, students create original works of art inspired by garden settings.

Pre- and Post-Activities for Capture It

National Standards for Arts Education

  • Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.
  • Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions.
  • Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
  • Standard 4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
  • Standard 5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
  • Standard 6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.

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K-8 Curriculum Programs


Uncover the mysteries of mathematics that lie hidden in our Gardens with experiential learning that highlights geometry and measurement.

Science and Technology

Choose from Operation Pollination, Life Circles, H2O, Beyond Recycling, and Natural Engineering.

Social Studies

Explore topography by using maps and other geographic tools that assist with the navigation and interpretation of our section of the Earth’s surface.

Arts and Humanities

Students will embark on an artistic garden voyage that explores the enticing world of garden-inspired art.