ART IN NATURE SERIES: Kids Workshop (Ages 3-8) with Lara & Andrea
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About the Event
This workshop is for children ages 3-8 (Children 5 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver).
We are inspired by two poems this month, Windsong by Judith Nichols and Space Poem by James Carter from the book Sing a Song of Seasons (Preston-Gannon & Waters) and also by the book A Seed is Sleepy (Aston & Long), both available at Split Rock Books. We will observe the beautiful shapes & textures of seed pods that become visible in the early winter landscape, as much of nature goes to sleep. We will use seed pods, seed pod drawings, and clay-pods to make hanging ‘dream-pods’, that can stir our imagination and help us drift into sweet-dreams!
Each month features a seasonal theme that ties what is happening in the natural world to children’s stories, poems, the art of observation and inquiry outside, and creative play. We’ll use seasonal materials found in nature, tie-in to a children’s book (in partnership with Split Rock Books!) to make a project that can continue to inspire you and your child throughout the season.
Lara Shihab-Eldin is an architectural designer focused on sustainable materials. She recently completed a children’s library space which brings together literacy, play, and ecological design; inspired by the history, landscape, and industry of a Hudson River community. Lara has volunteered for the past 3 years to encourage environmental stewardship and teach outdoor education in her community. She loves teaching and learning with collaborators, outdoor educators, and children, and bringing interdisciplinary design thinking to seasonal, nature-inspired art projects!
Andrea Toscano is an artist and gardener based in Kingston NY. She currently is concentrated on in exploring how nature, art and design intersect through community outreach projects. Promoting sustainability and self-resilience through nature-based art and design projects is the core of her work. She currently assists with an outdoor learning program for children, and is inspired by facilitating hands-on learning to maintain healthy communities!