From the beginning, experiential education has been an essential component of SEED.  Projects and exhibitions encourage visitors not only to take in artwork inspired by the seed but also to engage in hands-on learning about the remarkable world of seeds and their utmost importance in our lives.  

SEED education programs and instructors draw inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Developed in Italy after the destruction of World War II, this signature educational philosophy has been successfully adopted around the world and is recognized for it’s innovative approach to education. 

This approach to teaching puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy. We use these Reggio Emilia principles in the development of SEED curriculum:
  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning; 
  • Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing; 
  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they are allowed to explore and 
  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.

We take special care to make sure that SEED activities are developmentally appropriate for the students they serve
and meet state benchmarks and standards for the grades targetted by our programming.

Mobile Seed Sensorium & Curriculum

All educators involved have been impressed with the level of student interest in the SEED project as well as how well the new information “sticks” with students with the multi-sensory approach. The demand for SEED education continues to grow. We are currently in the process of developing a "mobile" Seed Sensorium education curriculum. In spring 2014 we took the curriculum (boxes of seeds, microscope etc.) to work with the 188 Questa Alta Vista Elementary and Intermediate School students. We had a wonderful time working with the students learning about and creating artwork inspired by seeds. From this experience, we are updating and improving the curriculum for the next SEED education outreach opportunity!

SEED Sensorium On Site

Through the four years of the SEED exhibitions at the Stables Gallery, the educational aspect of the exhibition was expanded thanks to grant support and generous individual donors.  During these exhibitions, the SEED "Sensorium" filled the entire back room of the gallery with fresh, new, themed displays related to seeds. The displays and associated curriculum engaged all five senses, synthesizing understanding in multiple ways.

SEED Farm Field Trips

In 2009, four classes from the Taos Charter School visited SEED and experienced the educational installation.  In 2010, SEED 2 had over 1000 visitors at The Stables Gallery and 21 scheduled class visits of over 400 school children, from preschool to sixth grade. In 2011, SEED 3 hosted over 1000 visitors and over 450 students from 25 classes. In 2012 the SEED 4 Exploration Room highlighted the theme “Seed to Food” and an important component of this food focus was connecting kids with local sustainable growers. Through deliberate partnerships, field trips to appropriate sustainable farms provided students with real world experience of the SEED 4 curriculum. 

Photos on this page by Geraint Smith, Mandy Stapleford, Katie Woodall and Claire Coté.