School Garden, Dancing Scarecrows
June 18, 2010
A lovely garden is springing up outside the windows of school children in Indian Lake, New York. Students and teachers have been working together to plant strawberries, lettuce, and other vegetables and flowers. The fourth grade teacher, Deb Starling, invited me up to the school to help the students put together something that would celebrate the garden. We made two dancing figures, which I thought of as kids in the garden. Because they are shiny, I hope that they will be discourage birds from raiding the bounty. We also made shiny garlands to hang on the nets around the garden.
Students from Pre-K through Fifth grade participated in creating the garlands and the figures. We did our work in the air-conditioned library (thank you, Ms Starling). At the end of the day the fourth grade class carried everything out to the garden.
Wood and recycled materials were used to make the garlands and these dancing scarecrows.
We began by scrunching up the metalic ribbon that is left over from making sequins. The Pre-K and Kindergardeners were excellent scrunchers. Students then wrapped these ribbons around picece that my dear husband had made late Sunday afternoon. The pieces he made resembled large tinker-toys.
The garlands were made by scrunching many ribbons together. At occasional intervals we hung a tassle of colorful surveyers tape. The school librarian, George, recommended that we also hang some of these ribbons from the hands of the figures. This touch help to further create a sense of movement.
The heads were made from wrapped soda bottles.
In a few days the students will be out of school for the summer. Hopefully these dancing figures will keep the garden filled with the feeling of their presence.