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Come see and celebrate artwork made by over 350 Charlottesville City third graders who visited Monticello this fall on a mission to explore Thomas Jefferson’s gardens. Join us for an exhibition opening complete with family activities, a performance by the Buford Student Choir, and light refreshments.
About the program: Charlottesville City third graders visited Monticello and learned all about Thomas Jefferson as a scientist and gardener. Inspired by his passion for ordered knowledge, students gathered their own scientific recordings and observations at activity stations set up in and around Jefferson’s mountainside vegetable garden. Students recorded data on notecards fashioned after Jefferson’s own pocket-sized ivory note tabs. As they moved from station to station, students noted the weather and wind direction; estimated the weight and length of snake gourds, pumpkins, squash and other vegetables from the garden; drew close-up, detailed drawings of seeds and flowering plants; and compared the taste and smell of root vegetables, edible greens, and herbs they found growing.
Once back in their classrooms, students chose one of their “ivory notebook” pages and illustrated what they learned through words and pictures. These projects chronicle each student’s onsite experience with scientific observation and connection to Jefferson’s gardens. Throughout January, these projects will be displayed in the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center classrooms, and the student-artists welcomed back with their families.
My Monticello: An Exhibition of Student Art includes artwork from over 350 third grade students from all six Charlottesville City public elementary schools. The program, now in its eleventh year, is supported by PlusTick Management.