Youth Workshop: Field Studies: Collection and Reflection

For hundreds of years scientists and philosophers have attempted to organize the world around them by collecting and cataloging images, objects, relics, and natural wildlife. This process is a way of understanding the world. Artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Joseph Cornell adopted this method to create works of art that interpreted the world around them and communicated their own ideas about nature and culture.

This workshop will explore the idea of collection within art history from the Renaissance to contemporary artists such as Mark Dion and Walton Ford. Students will learn to make a hand-bound notebook that will be used for collection and study during a walking field trip. The materials, drawings and written reflections will then be used as source material to create journals relating the process and a personal view of the urban and natural world.

Workshop Schedule

12:00 pm: Welcome and class introductions. Introduction to workshop themes, artists (Ex. Cabinet of Curiosities, Mark Dion, Walton Ford, Jane Hammond), and the IPRC zine collection

12:30 pm: Book Binding

2:00 pm: Collection Field Trip (Eastbank Esplanade)

3:30 pm: Discussion, Sorting, Organizing, Sharing

4:00 pm: Work time: Drawing and Collage

5:00 pm: End of Day

Free workshop: Ages 15 – 18

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