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“Plants become owls” in a wooded schoolyard
校園如森林「植物變草鴞」

Children at Dasing Elementary School in Changhua County’s Fusing Township on Dec. 11 hold their art and craft creations made from plants growing in the school grounds.
福興鄉大興國小學生用雙手展示他們利用校內植物做成的藝術創作。攝於十二月十一日,彰化縣。

Photo: Liu Hsiao-hsin, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者劉曉欣

Dasing Elementary School in Changhua County’s Fusing Township has expansive grounds that are like a little forest. The school’s director of counseling, Szu Nien-yun, has been showing students how to collect seeds, fruits and leaves from around the campus and make them into artworks that spell out a song of life.

“This cloud is really made from a wad of cotton tree fluff,” says one student, pointing at one of the artworks. Originally, the students simply had the impression that there were lots of flowers, plants and trees in the school grounds, but now that they have had to collect fruits and leaves to make things, they have learned all the plant names that they used to think were very difficult to pronounce and hard to remember. Now they can answer any question about things like Norfolk Island pines and balloon vines.

Szu says she showed the students how to use plants to make protected grass owls out of plant materials, using balloon vine seeds and flamegold capsules to make their eyes, Indian beech fruits to make their bodies and Norfolk Island pine foliage to make their wings, so that the grass owls are brimming with vitality.

Dasing Elementary School principal Ku Shu-fen says the school is like a little forest, with more than a hundred kinds of trees alone. In the course of their “song of life” syllabus, teachers and students often collect fruits and leaves from the trees, giving the plants a new vitality in the students’ artistic creations.

(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)

彰化縣福興鄉大興國小校地寬廣,校園宛如一座小森林。輔導主任司念雲指導學生撿拾校園的種子、果實與葉子,用植物譜出生命之歌的創作。

「這片雲,真的是木棉花的棉絮!」學生指著作品說,本來只是覺得校園花草樹木很多,但因為要撿果實樹葉來創作,把本來覺得很難念、很難記的植物名稱全都記起來,像是小葉南洋杉或是倒地鈴,通通都難不倒了。

司念雲表示,她指導學生用植物做成保育類的草鴞,用倒地鈴的種子和台灣欒樹的蒴果作為眼睛,身體就用水黃皮的果實,羽毛就用小葉南洋杉,草鴞就活靈活現的展現生命力。

大興國小校長顧淑芬指出,大興國小就像座小森林,光是喬木就有上百種,師生透過生命之歌的課程,常常在樹木撿果實或是樹葉,讓植物在創作中有了新生命力。(自由時報記者劉曉欣)

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