5th graders made tepees from willow branches for their tomato plants, then wrote stories about North American Indians and tepees – it became a lesson in growing tomatoes more effectively by raising them off the ground, as well as social studies, language (they wrote their stories in Urdu) and math. (their math teacher helped with sizes and proportions )
Tenth graders learned about geodesic domes from the Indus Valley architecture student volunteers, and similarly wrote about the concept and drew as well as made a model to use for replicating on an outdoor classroom space. They used little twigs to make the model. The dome didn’t work because the space already had 10′ high poles built in – to erect a geodesic dome on top of it meant a central pole to support the weight – that would kill the idea of an open class room space without obstructions. However they learned something new and tried hard to make it work. They too wrote stories and drew pictures about geodesic domes.
The IVSA volunteers also taught all the schools children, from 5th to 10th grade to draw a plot plan of the garden to scale – it was the first time the children had learned to map to scale and understand what plot plans are. Id call that art as well.