January 20, 2010
Please, donate now or join me in raising additional dollars for STAND WITH HAITI through sales of The Details; a full-color, 80-page, 7 x 7″ square book featuring a collection of images from the past few years of my paintings.
Originally conceived of simply as a portfolio, this project has developed into a fund raising opportunity to help ensure that the skilled team at Partners in Heath has the resources it needs to address the crisis at hand.
100% of the profits from sales of The Details will be donated to Partners In Health STAND WITH HAITI campaign.
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Order The Details now and start helping Partners in Health make a difference in Haiti. Thank you!
The Details – Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign
c/o Counsel Langley
P.O. Box 1369
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Quick note about the publisher:
This book was made using Blurb.com. A handy tool to create stunning books, but their printing costs are high. Also, if you want your book soon you are welcome to order the book directly from Blurb. Be aware that they charge differently for shipping & handling.
Of course, the donation of all profits benefiting Partners in Health “Stand With Haiti” still stands. Click here to order The Details from Blurb.
Visit The Details – Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign to track my progress. And, thank you.
January 8, 2010
Rather than business as usual, PTSD’s ICE Program kicked-off 2010 with an experiment:
Cancel all regular classes in favor of a week of intense focus on a particular subject.
As part of this amazing Project Week, I teamed up with teacher/consultant Daniel Molotsky to lead students, K through 12, in a concentrated look at Patterns in Art and Nature. For four straight days we worked inside and out to explore environmental art and visual concepts, such as, pattern and line, accumulation, repetition, symmetry. (All the images in this post are rad student work.)
Our days began with an introduction of a new concept, some discussion and a look at examples of the days’ idea from both visual art and nature. Students then spent time working on projects indoors.
Most indoors works encouraged independent thought and work, but we also got an all-ICE collaboration started (see image below). This is a 4 foot by 8 foot glass mosaic; using the idea of nature’s rhythms it features our solar system framed by the phases of the moon and trees representing the four seasons at each corner. We hope to have this completed and hung by the end of the school year.
Around lunch time we bundled-up and went outdoors to work on-site. This was the time for students to get their hands (and knees) dirty and express what they were learning about environmental art. My take on it is that environmental art improves the artist’s relationship with nature. It is artwork designed for a particular place and is created entirely from available natural materials. And, most importantly, it is ephemeral; made to change and eventually disappear. The kids embraced these ideas. Moving with grace and confidence they took their time getting to know the places–woods, meadow, beach–we ventured to.
Without exception, the students were gentle and respectful in their interactions with the natural world. Granted there is some impact when taking twenty-some kids out into the wild to make art. With this in mind we were sensitive to select work sites that were near trails or other spaces already frequented by people.
That said, I feel strongly that the future of the environment depends largely on this generation having a healthy relationship with the natural world. Environment-based education education expert David Sobel puts it this way:
“It’s good to have streams where kids can and obstruct the ecosystem; the nature of that play is more important, and worth it to the environment in the long term,” he says. . . . . “You can make the same argument about tree houses, which undeniably damage the tree, but that occasional damage to a tree is not as important as what children learn when playing in that tree.”
I came across this David Sobel quote while reading Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv. Louv’s view is “Passion does not arrive on videotape or on a CD; passion is personal. Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save . . . the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
I am happy to think the environment might benefit from kids who know it well. As I watched my students at their play/work/interaction with the natural world I see in them respect, understanding, and love. These children are the ones who grow up desiring to protect the environment. My even greater satisfaction, though, came of witnessing the effect the great outdoors had on all of us–making us happier, more-tolerant, creative and playful.
Again from Last Child in the Woods:
“Natural spaces and materials stimulate children’s limitless imaginations and serve as the medium of inventiveness and creativity observable in almost any group of children playing in a natural setting.” [Louv is quoting Robin Moore, a play and learning environments designer.]
I am so fortunate to have worked with these awesome kids!