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Sculpture Workshop: Organic Architecture for Insects

August 4, 2018 – August 5, 2018

This two-day adult workshop integrates artmaking and conservation, and how we might serve our creepy crawly “clients” — BUGS.

Participants will learn about the vital role insects play in our world, why their population is declining, and the importance of rehabilitating their natural environments. With insects in mind, participants will conceptualize and build an abstract environment made from reclaimed objects, wood, and natural materials. While these sculptures won’t save our insects, they can serve as beautiful visuals that build awareness. All participants will explore the restored prairies and pollinator-friendly gardens on the Taliesin estate.

The workshop will be taught by artist and lecturer, Kathryn Martin-Meurer. Also included, a landscape walking tour of the Taliesin estate and outdoor segments to gather natural materials for the project. Day 1 will include time for ideation and sketching. On Day 2, participants will build, from wood and found materials, their sculptures. Workshop includes all materials, an exterior tour of Taliesin, and lunches.

This is a hands-on workshop. Participants do not need to be experienced woodworkers, but must be comfortable using basic power and hand tools. (A tool demo and safety tutorial will be conducted during the workshop.)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn E. Martin-Meurer works as Lecturer at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), serving as the Coordinator of 3D Design and Recruitment for The Peck School of Art. She received a BFA in Sculpture from The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in 2001, and an MA and MFA from UWM in InterMedia Studies in 2005 and 2007. She has exhibited extensively, in solo and group shows throughout the United States and is proud to be the recipient of three public art commissions in the state of Wisconsin.

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