Experiencing Plants Through Art

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

IntroSmith Students Photo Gallery | Homework House Photo Gallery

Art by Smith College Students and  Holyoke Homework House Students

This exhibit features work from two different classes that focused on the importance of plants and art. For my Museums Concentration capstone project I wanted to apply my experiences teaching art and botany as well as curating an exhibition.

The objective of the classes was not merely to teach art but to empower students to think about how to see and interpret their surroundings. Students engaged in a study of plants unfamiliar to them and experimented with artistic media they had not used before. The resulting creations range from ferocious paper mache Venus flytraps to beautiful watercolors. Teaching eleven to thirteen year-olds and college students was a remarkable juxtaposition. It showed me that even though these groups were of different ages and back­ grounds, they were able to develop a similar under­standing of why plants and art matter.

My goal for this exhibition is to provide inspiration to explore wherever creative expression may take us.

We live in a phenomenally beautiful world and art is one way of expressing just a taste of that beauty.

Ceilidh Galloway-Kane 11'

Watercolor painting of begonia leaves