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Come see and celebrate artwork made by over 400 Charlottesville City second graders who visited Monticello this fall on a mission to explore Thomas Jefferson’s gardens. Join us at noon on Saturday, January 14, in the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center classrooms for an exhibition opening complete with family activities and light refreshments.
About the program:
This year, My Monticello: Charlottesville City Schools welcomed 400 second-grade students from all six public elementary schools in Charlottesville for a FREE field trip, art exhibit, and family outreach program. Onsite programs during November’s harvest season focused on Thomas Jefferson’s interest in science, gardening, and daily life at Monticello. Inspired by his passion for ordered knowledge, students practiced making estimations and gathering scientific recordings at activity stations set up in and around Monticello’s mountainside vegetable garden and Visitor Center classrooms. As students moved from station to station, they 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. The young scientists recorded their observations in journals, provided by Monticello.
Once back in their classrooms, students used pages from their “My Monticello Journal” to further illustrate 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 for a fully-funded visit using free family passes provided by Monticello (passes valid January 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16). The program, now in its thirteenth year, is supported by PlusTick Management, LLC.