This week in Jr.NS, the children visited Evergreen Brick Works to learn about the vibrant wetland found at this former industrial site. Our guest Naturalist was Lauren Moretto from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The class began with a group chat using several of Robert Bateman’s paintings which feature local wildlife in wetland habitats. We then headed off to explore the Brick Work’s pond with Lauren pointing out native plants and the role they play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
Our art lesson was on how to frame a scene using a viewfinder. This composition aid is a device used by many artists, including Robert Bateman. The kids then sketched along the pond’s edge and labelled all their findings with Lauren’s guidance.
The latter half of the class was more hands on art making. The Brick Works was an active quarry for almost 100 years, so there is an abundance of loose shale and worn bricks scattered along the slopes; all perfect material for creating small rock sculptures. Because of the impermanent nature of these sculptural works, the children made a record of their creations by drawing them in their sketchbooks.
Thank you to Lauren Moretto for visiting with the Jr.NS artists! We now all have a better appreciation for wetlands and how we can help protect this sensitive ecosystem.
Special thanks to returning volunteer Jessica for helping keep an eye on the children and making sure nobody fell into the pond!
Happy Nature Sketching!