Socrates Sculpture Park



Workshops: Teens

In collaboration with our local middle schools and high schools, Socrates hosts the following workshops, designed to foster and highlight the creative expression of our community’s youth. Free and open to ages 11-18 year old. For more information, please call: 718.956.1819.

In collaboration with Minor Miracles and City Year, participants will work on weekly lessons plans relating to exciting and rewarding careers in the New York City Police Department (NYPD), New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and Emergency Medical Services Division (EMT), the Urban Park Rangers, and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). This 6 week, creative arts workshop will intertwine career exploration, fitness, life skills, and self-empowerment, introducing participants to NYC’s most courageous professionals. Participants will to meet face-to-face with decorated professionals to hear about life on the job and to celebrate the bravery of hometown heroes.

Days of Heroes Schedule:  April 11 - May 18 • 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Hosted by Socrates, these peer-to-peer workshops are led by students of LeAp’s Public Art Program. LeAp’s young artist activists, whose issue-based work will be on exhibit in NYC parks citywide this summer, will conduct workshops with other youth to create two large-scale artworks that address critical community issues. LeAp’s Public Art Program empowers young people to have a voice in their communities by expressing themselves on major social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art. LeAp's Public Art Program is a project of Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp). To learn more about LeAp’s programs, please visit:

LeAP Schedule:
 - Tuesday, May 28 • 10 AM - 1 PM: Led by students of Robert F. Kennedy School 169M
Wednesday, May 29 • 10 AM - 1 PM: Led by students of Robert E. Peary School 75Q
 - Thursday, May 30 • 10 AM - 1 PM: Led by students of Mark Twain School for the Gifted & Talented 239K
Friday, May 31 • 10 AM - 1 PM: Led by students of New Venture Academy 219X

Presented in partnership with Norte Maar and in conjunction with our new dance program, Dance at Socrates, the Young Choreographers Program offers four young choreographers (ages 14-18) an opportunity to make a new short dance with guidance from a Norte Maar choreographer in residence at the Park. These gifted youth will be selected by review of an open call for proposals. The dances created by the young choreographers will then be featured in a performance at the end of each week.  To apply and for more information, please visit:

Young Choreographers Schedule:  Saturdays in August • 3 - 4:30 PM (weather permitting)


Presented in partnership with Con Edison
Weekdays, July 8 - August 30, 2013
10 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 3 PM

These workshops are available for groups only and registration is required.  Note:  All workshops are free; however, a deposit required to register, then returned upon arrival.

These free workshops offer diverse groups of children from neighborhood youth agencies, community groups, summer schools, and day camps the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities inspired by exhibitions at the Park. Artists run two sessions of their workshop each day of the week and teach children fundamental and contemporary art-making techniques. Groups can sign up for a single workshop or a combination of weekly workshops. Registration and scheduling will be on a first come, first served basis. To register your group, please call: 718.956.1819 




July 8 - 12: Get in Shape With Your Own Shape with Mads Lynnerup

What does art and physical exercise have in common? Using wire and plaster gauze, participants will make their own unique shapes and transform their sculptures into a creative piece of fitness equipment. Once all the sculptures are completed the whole class will do a group fitness exercise together using their own sculptures.


July 15 - 19: Exquisite Corpse Mud Speak with Rachel Higgins

Get your hands dirty and uncover the imagination of your friends! Based on the Surrealist game in which words and images are collectively assembled to create blind collaborative drawings, participants will translate the words and ideas of their peers into 3-dimensional figures using clay. We will learn basic assemblage techniques and create an exquisite creature of our collective minds!


July 22 - 26: Amphoras for Us with Cecile Chong

Inspired by traditional and contemporary signs, symbols, logos, and historical figures across cultures, participants will design and paint their very own amphora (classical vase) out of plastic bottles.


July 29 - August 2: Build a Meal with Chakaia Booker

Using clay and discarded organic, manmade, and craft materials, participants will sculpt food items from each of the food groups to build a balanced meal. Each group can make a favorite dish, snack, or come up with their own food creation. Bon appétit!


August 5 - 9: Watercolor for a Brighter Future with Lillian Gerson

What do you think the world will look like in 100 years? Lets paint it! First we’ll watercolor the world as we see it today. Then we will imagine what the future will look like, while discussing subjects like climate change, rising seas, and increased pollution. We'll paint our ideas of what nature and human civilization will look like in years ahead, and overlay our future and present day images to create our very own multi-layered time travel picture.


August 12 - 16: Printing in the Park with Rob Swainston

Nature printing is a time-honored printmaking technique in which natural objects are used to print. After learning some simple printing techniques, participants will go on a short scavenger hunt in the Park to find something to use from nature. Did you know leaves can be inked and printed like a relief, wiped and printed like an etching, or used as positive/negative stencils for hand printing?!


August 19 - 23: Coat of Arms with Kimberly Kay

Young student, fly your flag higher! While examining symbolism, participants will develop their own personal Coat of Arms. We will start with drawings that we transfer to fabric flags. Whether their crest be flanked with bears, lions, stars, or dolphins, participants will work with a variety of textile applications and skills to turn these designs into expressive flags to be flown high. 


August 26 - 30: Totem Poles with Paul Duncan

The word totem is derived from the Native American Ojibwe word odoodem, meaning “his kinship group.” Each participant will generate a symbol that has personal power and meaning, then as a group add them together to form a powerful totem. Using a variety assemblage techniques and materials, participants will collaboratively construct a group totem pole reflecting their ‘Kinship Group.’



ConEdison is proud to be the leading sponsor of the 2013 Summer Outdoor Art-making Workshops.  This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Coastal Classrooms

Tuesdays - Fridays, and some Saturdays/Sundays

April - August (weather permitting)

In partnership with City Parks Foundation (CPF), Socrates hosts this experiential education program at Socrates Sculpture Park Beach at Hallets Cove. CPF's Coastal Classroom works with schools and community groups and is designed to cultivate knowledge, awareness, and stewardship of the East River and the tidal waters that surround New York City. 

To register and for more information, please call: 212.360.2748

Education Program Overview

Socrates offers a series of educational initiatives including Coastal Classroom, our school-based maritime program that takes place at Socrates Sculpture Park Beach; art-making workshops for kids, teens and adults; custom tours for schools and groups; and internships in the Park from spring through fall. Since 1990, the Education Program has been serving a diverse cross-section of the community, often providing local residents their first experience with art.

Through our art-making workshops, Socrates serves thousands of kids, teens and adults with innovative and inspiring topics and techniques, from designing furniture to building boats to creating sculpture. The workshops are taught by exhibiting artists and are shaped by the Park's changing exhibitions, the natural setting in an urban environment, and the landscape's seasonal transformations.

For information on booking group visits and artist-led tours, click here.

In addition to our Education Program, Socrates hosts family-friendly special events, a performance series, Summer Outdoor Cinema, and a Healthy Living Program.  All programs are free and open to the public!  For more information, click here.

Workshops: Adults

2013 Design/Build Workshop Details

Design/Build Workshops
Sponsored by Build It Green! NYC
Select Sundays throughout May & June • 2 PM - 4 PM

Learn skills to combine art, engineering, design, and construction during these workshops for adults, held in the Park’s outdoor studio. Join instructor Luz Flemming as he guides you to create simple yet well-crafted furnishings to take home. Many of the projects are derived directly from Italian designer Enzo Mari’s Autoprogettazione DIY furniture designs, featured in Socrates spring exhibition do it (outside)

Fee:  A small materials fee ($20) is required. Discounts available if you register for more than one workshop.
Registration:  Space is limited and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.  To register, please visit:

2013 Design/Build Workshop Schedule

May 19: Bench, designed by Enzo Mari -- REGISTRATION FULL
Learn to use reclaimed materials to build a bench for your living room or yard, while using basic techniques for structure and aesthetic.

May 26: Lamp
Use household items to design and make an area lamp, with an emphasis on the use of commonly discarded items.

June 2: Coffee Table, designed by Enzo Mari
Make your own coffee table using existing materials and supplies, while learning how to give the table your own personal finishing touches.

June 9: Frame
Build a frame for your favorite photograph, painting, or text, and then bring the frame to life with decoration of your design. Participants are encouraged to bring items to adorn their frames.

June 16 & 23: Chair, designed by Enzo Mari  -- REGISTRATION FULL
This workshop will focus on the construction of an indoor/outdoor chair. Being one of the more advanced designs of the summer, this workshop will span two Sundays and will challenge the participants to build a structure that will be both strong and beautiful.

June 30: Pillow
Take reclaimed materials to design and create a pillow for your couch, chair, pet, or footstool. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own reclaimed materials, whether it be used jeans, shirts, jackets, or dresses with cool patterns.


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