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  • 06/05
  • Art & Culture
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Young Artists’ Workshop (Session 1)

The light morning rain in Rockefeller Park provided the perfect atmosphere for experiencing poetry at Session 1 of BPC Parks Young Artists’ Workshop on May 20. The rain did not deter the attendees, as nearly 100 young artists and their families gathered in the park Saturday morning to interact with poems that arouse the senses.

Doug Van Horn, BPC Parks Senior Manager of Education and Nature Programs, kicked off the program by speaking about how poems make us feel, particularly through the use of our senses. Then, BPC Parks programming staff read aloud poems they had chosen themselves, with topics ranging from caterpillars, fish and the color orange to the wind in the trees, train stations, and more!

Finally, Sara Wolfe, BPC Parks Artist Educator, taught the young artists about color and line shapes, and the effect they have on painting images inspired by words and feelings. Everyone painted, a few older children created poems inspired by posted images, and others cut up recycled songbooks to make original poetic arrangements. Children were able to take home works of art, and all participants were thankful for an educational Saturday morning program in the park!

If you missed out on this program, don’t fret! The next installment of the Young Artists Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 17th in Rockefeller Park — Julie Pasqual will perform a dramatic poetry reading, followed by a workshop in which audience participants will bring poetry to life through story, movement and artistic experience. We hope to see you there!

Young Artists’ Workshop: Poetry Experiences
Saturday, June 17 – Poetry & Performance
11:00am @ Rockefeller Park

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