Thursday, July 10, 2014

A View From The Docks....What a spectacle.

For the Past three days  I have had the privilege to help kids from the Boston area learn about fishing, artistic process, and fun! We set up our station at the very end of the ferry docks, a staggering 15 feet to the water when the tide is low! We set up our rods and casted away. Many casts are abruptly interrupted by the kids frantically reeling in, but when they let the bait sit the magic happens.

I was immediately taken aback by the kid's enthusiasm and drive.  There curiosity was truly inspirational. They had to live every experience, touch every crab and play with every piece of bait. These kids are hilarious, and have a lot to say if you take the time to hear them out.

Our main catches have been a striper, some skates and bucket loads of crabs. The skate was printed, with an interesting result, which will be used in a future mural! We performed an experiment in which we dunked crabs in paint, letting them walk over a sheet of paper. It was a mess, resulting in a piece of work that looked more abstract than Mondrian! However it was the process that counts, and teaching kids about the mix of art and nature will be a fun (and funny) experience all summer long!

Until next week,


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