F’s sunflower pop up [below] was explained as follows: When the pop-up is closed, the seed is under the ground, growing… [She slowly pulls the pop-up open] and now it’s growing bigger. The rain and sunshine [in the background] are helping it grow. The roots are under the ground to give it water.
N. created a growth chart of the life of the sunflower using plasticine, showing the stages from seed to sprout to plant to flowering plant.
|Note the little earthworms down below helping the flower to grow|
|A cardinal bird eating seeds from a sunflower|
E. took a cue from his drawing of the sunflower – showing not just the plant but what it needs to grow and the bees and the birds that depend on it – to create his own sculptural version of himself caring for a sunflower. He worked it into an entire clay garden tableau.
|E. and Mini-E|
|K. considers the water cycle and its role in helping sunflowers grow|
L. thinks deeply about what's inside the seed to help make it grow into a sunflower:
B. uses the sunflower seed as a painting tool:
|Drawing the seed head|
|The stem of a sunflower (detail)|
|N's careful observation of the stems|
Thinking, noticing, observing and analyzing like scientists, while depicting, describing, and contemplating like artists....
Showing the details some might just miss, revealing the magic and
beauty of (not so) simple seeds and blooms.