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.
APRIL/MAY: DAYS OF HEROES
Days of Heroes Schedule: April 11 - May 18 • 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Young Choreographers Schedule: Saturdays in August • 3 - 4:30 PM (weather permitting)
SUMMER OUTDOOR ART-MAKING WORKSHOPS
Presented in partnership with Con Edison
2013 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!
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.
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.
2013 Design/Build Workshop Details
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.
2013 Design/Build Workshop Schedule
May 19: Bench, designed by Enzo Mari -- REGISTRATION FULL
May 26: Lamp
June 2: Coffee Table, designed by Enzo Mari
June 9: Frame
June 16 & 23: Chair, designed by Enzo Mari -- REGISTRATION FULL
June 30: Pillow