COMMUNICATING our EXPERIENCES with NATURE One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?” —Rachel Carson Why Circles? “There is surely something magic about a circle, the way it influences us to be both grounded and expansive at the same time. Most of us have been taught to think of the passing of time as linear, with one event following another in sequence by day, by month, by year. Placing the same events in a circle helps us discover patterns and use them to communicate about what is really important to us.” Anne Forbes, Wheels of Time and Place NORTH Winter/Integrate WEST Autumn/Share CENTER Place/Self/Object SOUTH Summer/Focus EAST Spring/Inspire Phenology or Life Cycle Wheel Phenology, from the Greek word phaino which means to show or appear. Phenology refers to the recurring stages that happen every year in the life cycles of plants and animals. In general, this means: • Birth of young and sprouting of seeds in spring • Growth and flowering in summer • Transition and harvest in fall • Rest and dormancy in winter Creative Expression We all have the capacity for creative expression, in fact our health and well being depend on it. We may or may not self-identify as artists, and our work today is about the process of learning and expressing something new about our relationship with place. Witness Trees, Phenology, & Creative Expression a studio day to explore the creativity that trees inspire Anne Forbes, Partners in Place Witness Trees bear witness to: All that happens in your “own backyard” (our focus for today) The unfolding fabric of time, change, and relationships Photo by Rebecca Power Witness Trees bear witness to “deep time” Methusela, bristlecone pine, 4765 years old, CA General Grant, giant sequoia, CA Witness Trees + Phenology + Creative Expression Phenology Wheel for a Tree: Begin with the “Tree as Itself” 1. Place an image or representation of your tree in the center. What is the theme of your wheel? 2. Combine observations, recollections, research to create a Wheel for the entire year at once Inspiration! Wheels as a Place Where Science Meets Art Drawings in pen and ink and watercolor by Kristin Sobel Life of Migratory Birds A “Phenology Wheel” Activity for Learning about Bird ConservationCycles Anne Forbes, Partners in Place Janet Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison Susan Bonfield, Environment for the Americas Tips for Teaching What to Record Record life cycle and migration details gleaned from Your direct field observations Research from books or on the internet Interviews of naturalists or scientists A mix! Tips for Teaching Ways To Record on a Wheel Write – text, phrases or poems Sketch Trace Take photos Cut & paste a collage A mix of the above! TEXT Text for Information and as a Design Element Poetry inspired by a place Decorative text recording phenology Sketching and Drawing Drawing from a Combination of Research and Observation (Tracing from reference photos is a good tool to use here) Sketching and Drawing Direct Observation of a Place UW Arboretum College for Kids Summer 2012 A Year in the Life of a a Single Species Environmental Science Memorial High School in Madison, WI Teacher: Nancy Piraino Students to summarized and integrated what they learned through the year by designing a Wheel. • Center: Theme • Outside Rim: Selected topics covered during the year . • Ideas and images in the middle of the Wheel, between the center and the rim, connect the theme in the center to the topics in the rim. Tips for Success “What am I supposed to DO?” Allow expression over perfection! This is your personal space to record your observations and research. Emphasize the process over the final product. Spelling errors, erasing, tracing, and using images and photos from books are OK! Show examples and encourage creativity. Encourage kids to collaborate and share their wheels with others Tips for Outdoor Observations Preparation… set up expectations and show examples before going outdoors. Personal Space…choose a spot that can be visited regularly, not too close to someone else’s. Stay within sight and sound of the leader. Bring notebooks to record observations, a clipboard to hold the wheel, extra pencils, and something to sit on. Having a “kit” ready to go saves time. Observe quietly for 15-20 minutes. Be patient with kids…this will happen with time! Plan to meet for a few minutes at the end to share observations.