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Week 5: Designs by Nature

During week 5 of the Garden of Fire 2018 Summer Learning Program, students worked with artists Tony Moretti and Gwen Quigley to create pollinators and collages out of found and natural materials.

Tony and Gwen are known for their whimsical creations that unite nature and play, with a focus on teaching the safe usage of tools and materials to youth.

 

 

Week 1: Clayful Pollinators!

This summer’s Garden of Fire program kicked off with a field trip to 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY. Counselors from CareFirst collaborated with Amanda Warren, artist and ceramic studio technician at 171 Cedar Arts to provide a program that integrates clay-making with mindfulness and emotional well-being.

They started the session with introducing the theme of Powerful Pollinators and had a brainstorming session. They discussed the roles of pollinators in nature and different types of symbolism for pollination. They were asked to choose their favorite pollinator or pollinated plant to design on their tile.

Students sketched designs and ideas for creating their own hive tile out of clay.  After a short demo led by Amanda, students used their sketched ideas to embellish their own clay tile with their designs by using additional clay, stamps and carving tools.

Next, students painted their tiles with underglaze. In groups, youth took turns touring the clay studio and had the opportunity to try out the pottery wheels. The basics of wheel throwing was compared to centering one’s self through life’s challenges. The act of opening, pulling and shaping clay was compared to how we shape our lives by overcoming many obstacles.

 

 

Garden of Fire Festival: Celebrating the Summer of Earth

The Garden of Fire festival held last Friday, August 18th at CareFirst was fabulous! The festival was tremendously successful, thanks to the outstanding support from the community, amazing educators, talented artists and volunteers.  Here are some pictures from the day. Thank you to Dan Gallagher for documenting the festival so well and capturing the essence of the program through incredible photography and video!

 

The Native American Council of Corning Incorporated joined us for the opening ceremony.  Musician Sue Spencer lead us through the chants she previously wrote with the youth participants during one of the sessions, drumming to the chorus, “Thank You Mother Earth”.

The activities were a blast.  Thank you to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, SSC Library, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Corning Museum of Glass, Wegmans – Corning, Zumba Instructors Gianna Lutz and Amanda Wylie and to all the collaborators who made this day so special!

Corning Catering generously supported the festival by providing a tasty lunch for everyone!

Thank you to the Addison and Corning-Painted Post Area School Districts for supporting this program and making Garden of Fire an incredible experience for all the youth participants!

The adobe mud sculptures on display at the festival were created with artists Tony Moretti and Gwen Quigley at one of the sessions leading up to the event.  Watch the Adobe Clay Creation Time Loop Video here.

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The closing ceremony brought everyone together for one last musical chant honoring mother earth.

This program is supported in part by The Triangle Fund, Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes and Rose’s Youth Philanthropists.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the event so wonderful!

Amy Ruza
Youth and Family Programs Educator
The Rockwell Museum