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AN ARTS AND ECOLOGY MENTORSHIP WITH STIPEND FOR YOUTH AGES 14-17 YEARS
JUNE 11-JULY 6, 2018 • 8:30-3:30 PM
(NO CLASSES ON JULY 4)
How do the arts promote environmental stewardship?
What skills and processes do artists and naturalists share in common?
Where do artists find inspiration for new work?
What is the role of the artist in addressing environmental issues?
How do you start to make a personal statement about issues like climate change, water scarcity, and habitat loss?
The goal of Between Water and Sky is create a public art work that integrates environmental learning with composed sound sources, poetry and visual arts and that serves as a commentary on climate change and global warming. The public art work is showcased at MVNWR.
PUBLIC ART: “Eco Factor” installed in New York City to raise awareness that each second in the United States 1500 water bottles are consumed
“ Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to
top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardizing oceans, coastlines and other environments. “
Creating A Shared Vision
Get to know fellow participants, their hopes and dreams, skills, talents, and interests as you explore the ecology of the Minnesota River using handmade journals, digital phones, or digital cameras. Participate in daily reflection on your experiences led by the artists and naturalists.
Exploring Nature at the Refuge
Participate in environmental field experiences exploring the wetlands, floodplain, and forests of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Conduct water quality experiments; study bird and animal habitat; learn about the symbiotic relationship between pollinators and plants; meet naturalists and naturalist interns from the MVNWR and learn about what they do at the Refuge to sustain habitat for wildlife and educate the public.
The Refuge is located in Bloomington on the Minnesota River and is easily accessible by the Metro Blue Line
Work daily to record discoveries and observations during environmental field experiences in your handmade journals. Examine the concept of public art and look at artists’ works that integrate multiple art forms around environmental issues; imagine possibilities for art projects; collect sound sources and experiment with sound electronically; create different poetic forms, and, combine traditional and non-traditional art materials learning skills and techniques to get the desired effect.
Examining Social Justice Issues: the Environment
Meet with MVNWR naturalists and other environmental experts to explore the issues of global warming and climate change. Consider the impact on Minnesota wildlife, water sources, habitat and people. Discuss how environmental degradation is a social justice issue and what actions each of us can take to preserve our earth for other generations.
Creating Public Art that Integrates Multiple Art Forms
Design and plan a public art work that incorporates multiple art forms-music/sound sources, poetry, and art; choose sound and art materials that symbolize and communicate the message; experiment integrating different art forms; edit and refine ideas; create a public art installation.
Name the work and develop an artistic statement that is displayed along side the art installation.
JULY 6, 2018 • TIME TBD
Join artists, naturalists, family and friends to celebrate the unveiling of the public art installation. Enjoy refreshments and receive your stipend.
THIS MENTORSHIP IS DESIGNED FOR:
• Youth who care about what is happening to the environment and want an outlet to express their voice through art
• Youth who have an interest or talent in creating art, poetry, or music or all three art forms
• Youth who like to collaborate with others
• Youth who can commit to all 4 weeks of the project, including the celebration on July 6
• Youth who could not ordinarily have access to project like this because of finances
Applicants need to apply in writing using the form on this page to be considered for the mentorship. They will also need to provide a recommendation and attend an interview with the program coordinator. The stipend for the 4-week internship is up to $500 depending on daily attendance and participation.
Calling all preschoolers!
If you are 4 or 5 years old, you do not want to miss this art opportunity designed just for you.
Storyteller Brenda Bell-Brown, artist Majken Elsberry, and creative movement expert, Christopher Yaeger, take you on safari to explore African culture and wildlife of the Serengeti-lions, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs and may more. During our week together you draw, paint, make a mask, create your favorite African animal in clay, make a puppet, weave and print on fabric, and retell a tale from Anansi the Spider, the great African trickster, through movement and puppetry. So, grab your passport and join ArtStart on this fabulous whirlwind tour of Africa!
Date: August 6-10, 2018
Time: 8:30-11:45 am
Location: Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
From the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean
Week I begin your journey in southern India. Bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, southern India is known for its lush tropical beaches and undisturbed wildlife sanctuaries that house elephants, bengal tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaurs and more. During Week I create many different kinds of art, sing, compose, dance, and retell stories—all inspired by the cultural traditions and natural beauty of the region.
From the Himalayas to the Ganges
Week 2 travel to northern India and learn how traditional art forms and dances have been transformed by modern day influences. Explore the natural and built wonders of northern India, from the towering Himalaya mountain range, home to many rare animals, to the famous Taj Mahal. Create a one-of-kind musical instrument, a marionette puppet, as well as art work inspired by traditional art forms, skills and techniques.
Pre-school children ages 4-5 years register for “A Start with the Arts” offered morning only both weeks.
Book Your Flight to India Through the Arts Now!
Ages 4-5: A Start with the Arts $150
Ages 6-12: Half Day: $150, Full Day: $295
Aftercare available until 5pm at $7.00/day
Friday, June 16, 2018 but classes fill very quickly. We support children attending camp with a friend and will place them in the same class. Half day offered both morning and afternoon. Class ratio: 1 teacher/15 students. Confirmation letters and directions sent out June 23, 2018. In addition, partial scholarships are available.
ArtStart Members*: Receive a 10% discount!
June 5- July 1: 20% of fee forfeited
July 2- July 8: 50% of fee forfeited
July 9 or later: 100% of fee forfeited
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
Lunch and Snacks
Full day students need to bring a lunch. Lunch is supervised. Children should also bring a morning and afternoon fruit break.
After care is supervised and unstructured so that children can relax. Children are free to bring games, or books and to make art on their own. If we show videos, we like to provide further learning about a culture through documentaries or stories. Extended day students should also bring an additional snack.
Each Friday family and friends of pre- schoolers and school age children are invited to attend ArtStart’s Informance where children share their art work and performances created throughout the week. A flyer will be sent home mid-week announcing the time and place of the Friday Informance.
401 DRAWING & PAINTING
Tanjore painting is one of the most popular art forms of Southern India. An ancient art, Tanjore painting incorporates semi-precious stones, glass and gold into the painting. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to create your own Tanjore inspired painting complete with jeweled cabochons, gold foil and more.
From the Raga to the Tala
Musician and composer Nirmala Rajasekar takes you on an exciting journey to southern India through music and storytelling. Practice singing simple melodic intervals (raga) and clapping polyrhythmic patterns(tala). Then work together as a group to learn songs based on a story from the Panchatantra, the Aesop Fables of India.
Painting & Printing on Fabric
Join artist Meg Erke to learn how to hand-paint and block print on cotton fabric. Inspired by the traditional art of Kalamkari from south India, create colorful wearable art that incorporates images of elephants, tigers, peacocks and more along with traditional patterning. Then wear your art to our Friday celebration. Additional $10 materials fee.
A Festival of Tigers
Pulikkali is a traditional art form in which people dress up as tigers. The word Pulikkali means “tiger play” or “tiger dance” and is part of the Onam Festival, a harvest festival, celebrated in the state of Kerala, southeast India. Join artists Julie and Gustavo Boada and create your own tiger mask, costume, and dance, performing tiger antics at our Friday informance.
405 SHADOW PUPPETRY
Ganesh and Color Shadow Puppets
India has a rich history of shadow puppetry. Discover the gorgeous world of color shadow puppets working with artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch. Explore many stories of the Hindu God Ganesh, the little boy with a baby elephant head. Then learn how to make your own batik-like puppets and create a shadow show!
406 FOLK ARTS
Traditions of India Through the Arts
Artist Shakun Maheshwari introduces you to India through art, dance, and story. Learn about traditional Indian dress, foods, celebrations and more. Then plan and create a colorful rangoli art work that incorporates traditional patterns and designs.
From Batiks to Dhurries
Work with an artist to explore several textile techniques from dyeing to weaving. First create a batik using a modified wax-resist technique and dyeing applied to cloth. Then create dhurrie placemats using a simple weft and warp weaving technique. Display your handiwork at our Friday celebration!
Artists Julie Boada and Gustavo Boada tell stories from the Panchatantra, the oldest collection of Indian short stories. Each story teaches an important life lesson through animal fables. Create a miniature or toy theater, characters, and props to retell your favorite story from the Panchatantra.
409 MIXED MEDIA
The Art of Chess
Chess is perhaps India’s oldest and most loved indoor board game. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to design and create your own chess board and tokens based on the amazing wildlife and ocean life of southern India using sculpy, mosaic tiles, paints, mylars, and more. On the last day play a chess game with your classmates!
Painted Ceramic Tiles
The art of painting on ceramic tiles originated in 15th century Portugal and traveled to India when the Portuguese settled in Goa, a region bordering the Arabian Sea. Known as Azulejo tiles, they are still created today. Work with artist Megan Monson to design and paint a tile series and mug using special paint
501 DRAWING & PAINTING
Some of the best known Indian folk paintings are the Mithila paintings from the Madhubani region of Bihar state in northeast India. For centuries the women of Mithila have decorated the walls of their houses with these intricate paintings. Work with artist Karen Anderson to draw and paint your own Mithila inspired masterpiece.
Kathak Dance: the Storytelling Dance of North India
Music, hand gestures, facial expression, rhythm, footwork, pirouettes and body movements all come together to tell stories of Indian origin. Work with internationally recognized Katha dancer Rita Mustaphi to learn this traditional dance form coupled with Indian folk arts from Mehendi to Alpana.
Putting the Pieces Together
The Himalaya mountains are a geological wonder and the pride of India. Animals that inhabit the Himalayas include the illusive snow leopard and clouded leopard, as well as the Himalayan vulture, wild yak, red panda, wolf, blue sheep, and black bear. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn about Himalayan wildlife and habitat. Then create a mosaic tile of your favorite Himalayan animal. Additional $10 materials fee.
504 PUPPETRY AND STORYTELLING
Kathputli is the Indian name for “string puppet theatre.” Native to Rajasthan in northern India, it is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Work with artists Julie and Gustavo Boada to create your own marionette puppet and join the ArtStart puppet troupe to retell a favorite Indian fable.
505 FOLK ARTS
Traditions of India Through the Arts
Artist Shakun Maheshwari introduces you to India through art, dance, and story. Learn about traditional Indian dress, foods, celebrations like the Festival of Light or Divali, and the importance of the Ganges River considered the most sacred river in India. Create a mandala, henna art, and more.
The Unforgettable Elephant
Elephants are not only a cultural icon in India and throughout Asia, they also help to maintain the integrity of the forest and grassland habitats. Learn about the environmental challenges Asian elephants face and what the people of India are doing about it. Work with artist Karen Anderson to create a clay sculpture, a container, and small amulet incorporating images of the Asian elephant. Additional $10 material fee.
Embroidery Moochi Aari Style
In India beaded embroidery, Moochi Aari or just Aari, is a popular way to decorate garments and other furnishings. Join artist Julie Boada as she teaches the technique of using a special needle to apply beads, pearls, and sequins to fabric. Then using the Aari technique create your own special Indian inspired design on fabric and wear it to our Friday informance.
India Is Tops!
A popular toy and musical improvisation come together in this dynamic class. The lattu or “the spinning top” is a popular toy and game played in many parts of India. Work with instrument maker and composer Douglas R. Ewart to create your own wooden top. Then use your top in a surprising way in an improvisational music composition performed with Ewart at our Friday informance. Additional $10 materials fee.
509 DECORATIVE ARTS
Rajasthan in northern India is the main center for brass engraving. Traditional designs and floral patterns are hammered or embossed on the surface of the metal. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn the technique of embossing. Then incorporate traditional Indian designs and create a beautiful photo frame or box wrapped in metal. Additional $10 materials fee.
Monuments & Temples
The Taj Mahal, known as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, the Red Fort of Agra, as well as the Golden Temple, and Qutub Minar are all grand examples of the Mughal empire which ruled India for 200 years. Work with artist Gustavo Boada to unlock the wonders of these structures. Then design and construct a modern building incorporating your own ideas and unique elements from these buildings.
A Start With the Arts meets daily Monday-Friday and offers 4-5 year-olds the opportunity to work with art educator Majken Elsberry and guest artists from India to explore the art, culture, and wildlife of India through singing, movement, drama, art making and other hands-on activities. The program for pre-schoolers parallels the school-age program in theme and content, Southern India: July 9-13 and Northern India: July 16-20. A Start With the Arts children share their art work and perform at the Friday school-age informance.
Spark Your Creative Flair!
An inspired series of classes for those who like a little guidance before they do-it-themselves! Taught by professional artists who help you imagine possibilities and demonstrate processes and techniques characteristic of certain materials, these classes are designed for success AND you create art that you proudly display or wear.
What better way to do your part in keeping discards and other materials out of the waste stream.
Unless otherwise indicated . . .
CLASS FEES: $22 for members and $27 for non-members
CLASS LOCATION: ArtScraps, 1459 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
All materials provided by ArtStart’s ArtScrap Creative Reuse Materials and Idea Center, unless otherwise noted.
Using the Common Map as Art
Use a discarded map and turn it into a colorful work of art! Focusing on the lines and shapes that are most interesting to you on the map–a highway, a river, or another boundary–you use glue, oil pastel, and glittery mylar to create an abstract work of art.
CLASS CODE: 101
DATES: Wed. May 30, ’18
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
Magic in the Garden
Create a magical space where fairies can live and play–a miniature garden! Fill the garden with objects so small, that a button becomes a table, a marble becomes a gazing globe, and a pebble becomes a stepping stone. Let your imagination take flight as you make your fairy garden.
CLASS CODE: 102
DATE: Tuesday, May 8, ’18
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
Wooden Cigar Box
Record the memories you hold dearest in your heart through art. Bring treasured photographs, objects, notes and more. Then decoupage and decorate a wooden cigar box to hold your keepsakes. Wooden cigar boxes and other decorative materials provided.
CLASS CODE: 103
DATE: Wednesday, March 21, ’18
TIME: 4:00-6:00 pm
The art of quilling or the coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create a design has been around for hundreds of years. Join an artist and make your own special quill work, frame it, and display in your home. Frame not provided.
CLASS CODE: 201
DATES: Thursday, February 15, ’18
TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
The Vivid Vase
If you have a shelf full of clear glass vases that you have collected over the years, we have the perfect solution to giving them pizazz and new life! Work with artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch to add color and design using alcohol paints. You will be amazed at the outcome—good enough to give as a gift to someone special even without flowers!
CLASS CODE: 202
DATES: Thursday, February 22, ’18
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
Save those plastic water bottles and other clear plastic containers that can be easily cut apart. Then bring them all to this class where you create a beautiful chandelier inspired by the art of Dale Chihuly fit to hang in any hallway. Bring your own plastic bottles and receive $5 off class tuition.
CLASS CODE: 203
DATES: Tuesday, May 22, ’18
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
Do you have small treasures or pictures you have collected from trips, events or loved one? Learn simple jewelry techniques with artist Jeanette Dickinson and turn your mementos into a wearable keepsake. Bring in items no larger than 1” x 1”. Other art materials provided.
CLASS CODE: 301
DATE: Thursday, March 15, ’18
TIME: 4:00-6:00 pm
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is an ancient symbol found around the world in many cultures. Come learn about the history and meaning behind the symbol of the Tree of Life with artist Jeanette Dickinson. Then using a wire construction method, create your own circular pendent Tree of Life. All materials provided.
CLASS CODE: 302
DATES: Thursday, April 19, ’18
TIME: 1:00-3:00 pm
Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson and learn about the ancient Japanese art form of shibori. First hand paint a silk scarf. Then use shibori binding and dyeing techniques to create wearable art with a flair. Additional materials fee $10.
CLASS CODE: 303
DATES: Wednesday, March 28, ’18
TIME: 4:00-6:00 pm
PATTERNS ON STONE
Rocks come in all shapes and sizes. Choose your favorite river rock and using metallic and vibrant colored paint pens, create your own miniature mandala. Use as a paperweight, in the garden, or just a thing of beauty.
CLASS CODE: 401
DATE: Monday, May 14, ’18
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
THE ANCIENT ART OF PAPER MARBLING
Suminagashi means floating ink in Japanese, in this class we will cover everything from the ancient technique of grinding ink using an ink stone to creating decorated paper by floating ink on water and send you off with a bunch of ideas on how to use your beautifully decorated papers.
CLASS CODE: 402
DATES: Tuesday, February 27, ’18
TIME: 5:00-7:00 pm
Join artist Armando Gutierrez G. and learn about the significance of the medicine bag to indigenous cultures. Then using leather, leather tools and beads create your own medicine bag. All materials provided.
CLASS CODE: 403
DATES: Thursday, April 26, ’18
TIME: 5:00-7:00 pm
ArtCamp A La Carte for Adults.
Imagine giving yourself the gift of art. You choose the days that work best for you to explore materials and techniques that transform the white sheet of paper or canvas into a work of art from pen and ink to encaustic painting. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn basic art skills and techniques that you can apply to future creative projects.
CLASS FEES FOR ART CAMP: $30/class for members and $35/class for non-members
CLASS LOCATION: Mount Zion, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Nature is an important theme in Japanese art. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn the traditional art of ink and brush painting or sumie.
CLASS CODE: 501
DATE: Tuesday, April 3, ’18
TIME: 9:00 am – Noon
SILK SCREEN PRINTINGS
Join artist Jeanette Dickinson and learn the art of silk screen printing–an iconic look associated with artist Andy Warhol. Learn the basic techniques of cutting stencils, preparing screens, and printing without a press. Bring a clean, washed 100% cotton T-shirt to print on.
CLASS CODE: 502
DATE: Wednesday, April 4, ’18
TIME: 9:00 am – Noon
Encaustic painting is the art of painting with hot beeswax combined with dry pigments to create a painting medium. The paint is applied hot and makes for a dramatic layered image into which objects and photographs can be added. Work with artist Jeanette Dickinson to learn the process and techniques of encaustic painting.
CLASS CODE: 503
DATE: Thursday, April 5
TIME: 9:00 am – Noon
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ArtStart in conjunction with Refuge Friends Inc., is seeking artists to create functional and artistic houses for Minnesota’s NATIVE BEES to be displayed in the Art Gallery at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, as art of ArtStart’s 2018 EcoArts Fest. Held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10am-3pm, the theme of this year’s EcoArts Fest is “Protecting Our Pollinators.”
The final artwork should reflect the following criteria:
• Considers best practices in the design and decoration of houses for Minnesota’s Native Bees (see attached information)
• Builds on the theme of the 2018 EcoArts Fest “Protecting Our Pollinators”
• Can be hung on a wall or securely stand in the exhibit space
• Can be listed for sale after the event by contacting the artist directly (optional)
On the day of the event the general public will vote on their favorite bee house. A team of Native Bee Biologists will also judge each entry based on the likelihood that native bees will successfully utilize the structure (See resources for artists*). Winners will be selected based on a combined score of artistry and attention to biological requirements. A cash prize will be awarded to the artist placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.
Cash prizes will be awarded by ArtStart to artists placing 1st-3rd in the amount of $300, $225, and $150, respectively.
Minnesota is home to close to 400 species of native bees. About 30-40% of North American native bees are cavity nesters using hollow plant stems or holes in wood left by wood-boring beetles. You can attract these cavity nesting bees in a properly designed structure called a Bee House. Just like bird houses, different bee species have different preferences for hole diameter and length which must be taken into consideration when designing an artificial structure.
Please visit any of the following websites to research the requirements for the bee species of your choice. Keep in mind, just like a bird house, your design must provide for easy maintenance and cleaning. Your entry will be judged on how likely it is to attract and house your target bee species and how well it reflects an understanding of native bee preferences.
Links for information about bees native to Minnesota:
Please use this form to complete the following information and return to ArtStart by May 7, 2018.
ASL interpreter available upon request
New! Saturday and Sunday birthdays now available for youth or adults!
Birthday Fun Begins at ArtStart’s ArtScraps!
If you want a creative, fun, memorable, rather trouble-free, birthday party-then try an ArtScraps Birthday Party.
Two hour party includes scrap invitations, the art project and a party favor bag for all participants to take home.
Cost: $185 for up to 10 children plus $15 for extra children
(no more then 12 children)
($25 non-refundable reservation fee included)
Please reserve party time 3 weeks in advance of selected date.
Party is for reserved time slot only. Please be prompt.
Please Contact Us to reserve your birthday party or call 651-698-ARTS
• Fairytale fun
• Frame Ups
• Treasure Boxes
• Creature Masks
• 2-D and 3-D Magnets
• From Rockets to Spaceships
• Design Your Own Party
• Castle in the Sky *
• Inventors Workshop *
* ages 8 and up