Paper-quilled cells, Dia de los Muertos masks, brain yarn paintings....IS183 Art School's 8-10s summer camp last week was filled with all things anatomical! This camp combines all of my interests: bones, skulls, organs, and art; I love being able to offer it to IS183 campers!
We started each class guessing what animal each skull from my collection came from. I brought in skulls from a cow, beaver, deer, bobcat, and river otter, along with many bones from deer and cows. Our first project was inspired by one of my favorite artists, Georgia O'Keeffe; animal bone landscapes! We had our own Dia de los Muertos celebration and made elaborate sugar skull masks and colorful papel picado banners. Later in the week we used our imaginary microscopes to examine the differences between plant and animal cells and created our own diptychs using the sophisticated paper-quilling technique. The students brought so much enthusiasm and creativity to each project resulting in an AWESOME art show!
Did you combat soil erosion this summer? The 8-10 year old camp at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires did! In the Earth to Fire camp, taught by ceramicist Ben Evans, students sifted locally dug clay and created vessels to smoke fire. I had a great time popping in for three of the classes as the visiting paper artist! We talked about the importance of soil and the causes of soil erosion as an introduction to making our plantable seed paper. Students added paper from recycled IS183 catalogs and blended them to make a thick bluish pulp. We mixed in grass and wildflower seeds and each student strained their own pieces. During my next visit, each student mixed their own pulp and added colored tissue paper to make buckets full of what looked like bright fruit smoothies. We crowded around the picnic table to press the pulp around upside down bowls to create their very own paper vessels. I made my own example with a turkey vulture skull image inside. An awesome week! Photos by IS183's Cecilia Hirsch.