Alison Greene/Myers is a dedicated elementary art teacher. She received her master’s degree in Art Education from Pratt University. She works to inspire children through art education at Evergreen Charter School. The mission behind Evergreen is to “pledge to protect the Earth, respect the web of life upon it, and to honor the dignity of every member of our global family. One planet, one people, one world, in harmony, with peace, freedom and justice for all.” Alison works to use her knowledge and passion for art to impact children in a positive manner. As a new mother Alison is learning the challenges of parenting as well as the honor of raising a child. Seasonal Sammy is an interactive coloring app. Alison shared her perspective on how we can use art as an educational tool. Alison owns and operates Twisted Acres Ranch, a ranch for horses, chickens and organic produce. Her experience growing produce and taking care of animals made her a perfect candidate to gain information from!

Q. How can we use art to teach children

A. Children don’t learn the same way adults do. While we all appreciate art we can use art to reinforce topics covered in everyday curriculum. For example I taught symmetry and basic math through art-based activities. Art is a great way to engage children in a fun & creative way! Allowing children to get creative is a great way to spark their interest in the topic you are teaching them. I always recommend art to students that are visual learners. At Twisted Arches we use our environment to teach. We grow produce and have chickens that give us eggs. We eat the vegetables and eggs we grow. Children can see the lifecycle of food first hand.  2. What is the most effective way to work this kids?

Q. What is the most effective way to work with kids?

A. Get to know each child! Understanding a child’s needs and getting to know them on a personal basis is the best way to understand learning patterns. Find out what works best for the child. Some children are better with written directions while others learn best with hands on material.  3. As an educator and now a mother what will you do to teach your child about healthy food?

Q. As an educator and now mother how will you teach your child about healthy food?

A. I found the best method in teaching children is to expose them to as many new things as possible. As a teacher I show children a variety of artistic methods. As a mother, I will expose my son to as many healthy fruits and vegetables as possible. By doing this I hope to give my son a chance to determine what foods he likes.

Q. From your experience as a farm owner how can we get children involved in growing produce

A. Great question, I thought about this myself! Get your child involved from the start. Show them the seeds, have them plant and water the produce. Make it fun, go check on the produce and watch as it grows. I have a nephew that wants nothing to do with the growing process. So I got creative, I bought him small rocks that could be painted and placed in the garden. Each week he paints a new rock to go next to the tomatoes, zucchini, peas etc. Each time he places a rock there is an opportunity to talk about the growth of the vegetables.

Q. What was your favorite fruit and vegetable as a kid?

A. I have always loved cherries! You can find me eating cherries all summer. Growing up I also really liked asparagus.

By Alexandra Filingeri, Seasonal Sammy App