Fourth graders at Boise-Eliot/Humbold School had a unique field trip to the watershed that focused on water and art. The Portland Water Bureau guides hundreds of students through the Bull Run each year to study water science and engineering. The Boise-Eliot/Humboldt field trips added a special mission: visit Bull Run and bring the experience back to Portland through art.
The special tour was designed for these students to experience the watershed through their five senses – even taste. Students took a silent walk through the forest; recorded sound from inside a dam; practiced photo yoga; and tasted an oxalis plant. Upon returning to school, they created the artwork on display in February 2016 in the City Hall atrium.
“I see water and trees and grass. It looks like nature.”
"I chose this image because it is beautiful and wonderful and a masterpiece it is art it is life thank you world thank you."
"I see trees and the sky."
“I choose this picture because it looks like a lonely purple dot”
Damarcus Brown, Jr.
"I see the mushroom . It looks like a shield that protects people from getting hurt in a fight."
"I see a lot of plants."
I see lots of trees it looks like a forest and it's very shiny.
“I chose this picture because it look awesome and the way it is shaped it looks so cool."
"I see shadows under two logs and sunshine shining through"
"I see the sun shining. It looks like we are in a place trees are surrounding us."
“I chose this image because the background and because the mold on the tree.”
"I see a lake that looks dirty"
"I see clouds and trees it looks like half clouds and half clear sky."
"I chose this image because it is like a daddy long leg crawling across the moss the place is full of them."