Tuesday, Hayloft had it’s last summer class. Details was an intensive drawing class for ages 12 and up. We found inspirational objects from the Hayloft nature lab and studied the minute details and patterns. Then we proceeded to blow up the scale, fool with composition, line, shading, and a bit of color theory. The end results; a long day of super focused students (4-5 solid hours of drawing!), beautiful work, and a good hour unstructured studio fun ( we made scratch boards and of course a bit of felting).
Another break for family time. Camping, ocean city, fresh air kid, and bunnies in the garden. Not to mention a bit of my own time in the studio. Working out the logistics of puppet making in the studio to better understand how to structure an intensive puppet class for teens creating a show that creates a voice for their views on social justice.
Studied Papua New Guinean history a wee bit today in the Hayloft Studio. Brutal yet fascinating. Head hunters and cannibals were some that inhabited this bit of land. A land whose terrain is so densely forested and mountainous that thousands of separate cultures existed without knowledge of one another. That’s crazy. Some until the 60’s or 70’s lived as they did back in the stone age, no outside influences. In many ways it saddens me that our world has grown so accessible and small. I worry we will become a homogenous planet and that culture will be extinct. It is the very fascination of peoples that are unlike ourselves that stimulates the imagination and feeds curiosity. Without difference we have no story to tell. No story, no art. In the Hayloft we studied through figurative representations the story of those very unlike ourselves. Embrace difference!