Natural Artists

“Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring…” ~Rilke

Dear Friends of LEAPS,

A few sprinkles didn’t stop campers from digging into their imaginations as eight burgeoning artists kicked off week two of Langlais LEAPS summer program. In the small barn, set up as a two room studio, it was as if Bernard Langlais himself was looking over children’s shoulders and seeing them hard at work.

Materials always inspire, and this morning Susan let kids know that the focus of this week is on wood. The effort, will be a collaborative one, inspired by the vision of Blackie, who was enamored by the animals in his world.

Kids started the morning by brainstorming Maine animals. Their list, which included the Maine state bird, the black-capped chickadee, an owl, a moose, a marten, a deer, a fox, a coyote, and a lynx, was inspired by the books Susan brought in from the Rockland Public Library and kids’ extensive knowledge base. Then children took out their journals. Adding detail to their drawings with water color pencil, they were amazed at how realistic their drawings had become.
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Every day is structured with time to explore the Langlais Preserve. This morning Susan asked kids to find plants that she’d introduced.

Children relish the idea of becoming investigators! Learning about new species, they responded to Susan’s question about the difference between plants and animals. “Plants don’t have hearts and other organs!” 

Our morning came to a close when campers cut out their large animal drawings and attached them to the studio wall as an idea for the mural of wood they’ll begin tomorrow.

Taking pride in themselves as artists, they are already accomplished. They recognize that their passion for art matches their commitment to all things natural. 

DSCF3417We are delighted to be part of their journey ~ Nancy for the LEAPS’ team, Susan, Emma, and Cynthia

4 thoughts on “Natural Artists

    1. We have a full schedule coming up….adding South School (1 fourth grade,) then St. George fourth grade, Thomaston fourth, Thomaston second, Cushing fourth and second together, and Vinalhaven second and third together!! Let’s connect in person!

  1. It’s fun to see these reports. I always wonder what the kids are put to, and this is a great way to find out!

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