'Digging into the Art of Nature' workshops in Andes

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Andes — “Digging In to the Art of Nature Workshop Series” on Mondays through August 13 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. is an exciting series of hands-on programs designed for kids and their families.
Participants will explore the wonderful interconnected world of bugs and plants and take a look at what brilliant architects these beings are. Marvel over wasp nests, seed pods, caddis fly cases, chrysalises and the like, while all the while making art, singing songs and hearing stories about the creatures who build these amazing structures.

Hosted by local musician/storyteller and arts educator “Story” Laurie McIntosh, each week’s program will feature a guest artist/naturalist. All programs are free of charge. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult.

The remaining schedule is as follows:
Monday, July 23:  Papermaking with Andes School Art Teacher Sharon Tucker. We’ll make our very own paper incorporating natural materials we find outdoors; and we’ll learn about nature’s papermakers. Meet at the Andes Public Library.

Monday, July 30: Painting Garden Helpers with acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Durga Bernhard. We’ll hunt for some smooth stones while talking about different insects that help our garden grow. We’ll enjoy some stories and songs about garden insects while painting our rocks with images of some of these marvelous creatures.  (Acrylic paints — bring smocks!) Meet at Ballantine Park. (Andes Library if raining)

Monday, Aug. 6: Digging into a Wormbox with Retired DEC Forest Ranger and 4H Leader Patti Rudge. Patti will bring an active worm box with her (compost central!), which we will take apart, don our scientist hats as we count and weigh the worms and castings, and then rebuild the box....enjoying worm stories and songs all the while. Maybe we’ll even make up a tune or two ourselves? Meet at the Andes Public Library.

Monday, Aug. 13: Harvest Picnic and Music Celebration with Local Musician Ira McIntosh. We’ll harvest some veggies from the Andes School Garden, and prepare and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Ira will share some fun tunes about food, gardens, water, bugs, and just about anything else you can think of! We’ll meet at the greenhouse behind Andes School (near the pool), and then walk over to Ballantine Park. (In the event of foul weather, meet at the Andes Public Library)

Wear comfy clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty, as we’ll go for walks and spend time poking around in the dirt and water.
For more information call Laurie McIntosh at 676-4727 or email storylaurie@gmail.com.