Living Life Like a Pumpkin

Carly Bowen tells a kindergartener about the pumpkin lifecycle near a display of art made with seeds by second-graders

Art and science converged in Susan Sheets Odo’s second-grade classroom, where students recently depicted the lifestyle of a pumpkin through papier–mâché projects, miniature pumpkin patches, watercolor paintings, jewelry and PowerPoint presentations.

They presented their projects to fellow students and teachers at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center, explaining how their artwork showcased the journey of of a pumpkin from tiny seed to bright orange gourd.

Sheets Odo, an artist who has had two pieces in ArtPrize, the Grand Rapids-based annual art competition, said the project challenged her students to understand every step in the growth of a pumpkin and express it artistically. “They are putting their knowledge into art and sharing it with others,” she said.

“It’s fun because you can use different objects,” said second-grader Arlene-Chavez-Sosa. “Science and art are both my favorite things.”

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Susan Sheets Odo’s Artprize pieces

Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2012. Read Erin's full bio

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