Patterns in Nature at the Botanic Garden in Cambridge

iGCSE students visited the Botanic Garden in Cambridge recently as part of their Patterns in Nature coursework assignment.

We started with a walk around the beautiful landscape gardens to see the Rock Garden, Bee Borders, and Woodland Garden. Later we settled by the fountain and pond, Monet’s famous series of Water-Lily paintings providing inspiration for sketchbook drawings of the same subject.

Next we visited the different glass houses, each one specialising in plants from a different world climate, ranging from hot desert and savannah to temperate and tropical jungle. Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings provided inspiration for this part of the visit, with ample opportunity for close-up photographs of the extraordinary plant forms on display.

Drawings and photographs from this study trip will provide masses of research material for weeks to come, and return visits are easy since the Botanic Garden is literally at the end of the road from the CCSS Art Studios.

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