Kid's Corner: Youth Orchid Education thru Art
By Sandy Stubbings, Kyla Doty, Ashley Green, Michaela Pandorf, Becky Mason, Emily Samons, Josie Doty, Beth Mason, Sean Doty, and Kris Mason
What can the AOS do to interest the youth of today in orchids? That is the question that has been consistently addressed by the Education Committee of the AOS. This series of articles is our attempt to involve AOS affiliates in an exchange of ideas that can be used at shows, meetings and other society activities to engage children in the world of orchids.
This project was developed by Girl Scout troops 41635 and 42473, Kyla Doty, Ashley Green, Michaela Pandorf, Becky Mason, Emily Samons, Josie Doty, Beth Mason, Sean Doty, and Kris Mason. Our project was done with 6 girl scout troops and 1 cub scout troop, ages 7 – 14.
Notice that this needs to be done in two stages, one before an orchid show and one during. It will add a display to your show and will require either a wall or a table with easel boards to post pictures on. Some one also needs to judge the pictures informally.
Materials include: live orchids, one of which can be pulled apart to show parts of the plant and the flowers, orchid books and magazines with pictures, Drawing supplies - markers, colored pencils, crayons, pencils, erasers, paper (Do not need all – erasers and regular pencils good, especially with older kids), heavy weight smooth paper, Duct Tape and Cardboard for mounting.
You also need a speaker knowledgeable about orchids, volunteers to help children with their drawing and post the pictures. Someone needs to judge the pictures at the show and award ribbons. (You can cut down donated plant ribbons won at previous shows, or use ribbons used for judging plants at the show. If the latter, someone may need to arrange it in advance so there are enough ribbons left after regular plant judging.)
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The last page has become one of ORCHIDS magazine's most popular features. It is the place where we publish insights, inspirations and news tidbits from the orchid world. It is a place where we hope to surprise our readers. And we want you to be a part of it!
Some years ago a story surfaced about a Coelogyne tomentosa
in a small Indonesian village. The plant was huge and flowered for the first time in eighteen years! The owner was so excited that he rallied his orchid buddies and they all took the day off of work to drink beer and admire the Coelogyne. An account of that story with photo would make a perfect Parting Shot. Although photos of unusual or rare orchids, awesome or bizarre plants, in situ shots of interest, cool sightings at orchid shows, will all be considered, Parting Shots is not a photo contest despite its name. If you are a poet or author, send us your poems and short essays (under 700 words) for review. This is your page
and we would like to feature the weird, the wacky and the wonderful of the orchid world as well as showcase creative works. Send your ideas or submissions to email@example.com
Acceptance or rejection of all submissions is at the discretion of the editor and/or Publications Committee.