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Adult Summer Camp: Working in Nature

Working in Nature led by Lydia Cheshewalla.

Campers will get a brief history lesson on environmental/ephemeral art as well as the key artists of the movement. Lydia Cheshewalla will speak from her own Native American background about the ideas of sustainability and respect for the natural environment. We will all go on a nature walk to a place nearby and spend some time relearning how to play as a child without inhibition, observing what materials are around us that we could use to make something, noticing patterns that are naturally occurring, and brainstorming ideas of site-specific works to create individually or collaboratively. The entire afternoon will be dedicated to creating, problem-solving/trouble shooting, and then photographing our finished works. Campers should bring a camera or smart phone for documenting their work.

About the Guest Artist: Lydia Cheshewalla is a 28 year-old, Osage artist living and working in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in painting and ceramics. She focuses on traditional methods of artwork that have typically been attributed to women, such as smoke-fired pottery and weaving, drawing heavily from her Native American background for inspiration. Currently she is experimenting with ways to create more sustainable, environmentally friendly art. Looking to environmental artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long, as well as traditional ceremonial practices of her own tribe, she has begun to create artwork from the environment around her lifting up the idea of respect for the planet and nature. Recycling discarded materials has also come to be at the center of her practice, with many of her new works being born of toilet paper rolls, magazines and newspapers. Through her art, she hopes to illustrate not only the beauty of traditional methods but awareness of society’s current throw-away culture mentality.

Campers are encouraged to:

Dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Wear sunscreen, sneakers or hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, etc.
Bring a water bottle.
Bring small tools for gathering natural materials, such as small clippers and a basket or bag.
Bring a camera or smartphone for documenting your work.
Note that lunch on this day will be picnic style. Bring a sack lunch, or order your picnic lunch with your registration for $10.

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