“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
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.
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!”