Biology student Livia Petrou (19) has a creative and educational summer job. She teaches visitors to illustrate plants during summer evenings at Leiden Hortus Botanicus.
Livia displays her artwork in the light of the evening sun. I have been drawing since childhood and every weekend I go to the museum with my dad. My favorite is Boijmans Van Beuningen.” The Rotterdam woman has a wonderful workplace during her summer job; outdoors under the Japanese magnolia that has been in Hortus since 1975.
Behind her is a group of people meditating. “During summer evenings, there is a lot to experience at Hortus. For example, I teach people some easy drawing techniques so they can start drawing botanicals themselves.” Next to it is a magnifying glass. I study biology and use it a lot. This way you can see the details of the plants. How do nerves work, for example. Because I have a scientific background, I can also teach people a lot about the plants they draw.”
In this case, the pavement plants, because Livia is working with her colleagues Andre and Thale, who are standing behind her with a cargo bike to tell visitors about the special plants growing among the stones. I have shown the pavement factory manual for sale here in the shop. It was a great honor. They are scientific drawings that explain how the plant works.”
In addition to her course, Livia also runs a project from Hortus. Next year we’ll be celebrating the Year of Science and I’ll be able to put Hortus on the map with a few other students. We are preparing for an exhibition.”
Plus, she goes to the neighborhood every Wednesday morning to make sidewalk plant art with the kids. “It will be a kind of green tower of Babel. Every neighborhood makes a floor. The diversity of working with children and adults makes it very interesting for me.”
What are the best summer jobs? The editors of this newspaper have done the research and created a photo series about the most special, nice, and cool seasonal jobs during the summer holidays.