WILLIAMSTOWN -- The first of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s summer programs, "Art, Writing and Nature" (for 8 to 11 year olds) will begin Monday, June 24 at 9 a.m. at Sheep Hill. The half-day week-long program is led by art educator and artist Julia Morgan-Leamon.
Nature gives us food for the imagination to thrive. Can we write what we see? Can we paint what we hear? Through daily writing exercises, storytelling, drawing and arts we will explore what it means to be a resident of the natural world. The first project will be making a handmade journal in which to write, draw, and collect thoughts, images and discoveries.
Sheep Hill, a conservation property and the headquarters of the WRLF, is the perfect place for your child to experience, explore and connect to the natural world. The program will run from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. daily.
Programs offered in July include:
Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration, Monday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., led by WRLF staff.
Science and nature programs with Kathy Chesney.
Create and Discover for 7-9 year olds, Monday, July 8: Functional and imaginative craft projects will use a variety of materials including leather, wool, and clay dug from the stream.
Habitat Exploration for 6-8 year olds Monday, July 15: Each day will introduce a nature topic featuring the pond, meadow, stream and woodlands, and their swimming, hopping and flying inhabitants.
Three-day, all-day rustic furniture building workshop for 9-12 year olds, July 29: Led by outdoor educator Art Evans, participants will gather wild and recycled materials and can choose to build a bench or a table using rustic techniques and hand tools. The workshop will focus on basic design and building skills, safe tool use, and identification of suitable materials.
Look to the Animals for ages 5 to 7, Monday Aug. 5: Participants will make art through painting, sculpture, animal yoga and performing games that involve the creatures of Sheep Hill’s meadow, forest, pond and stream.
"Kathy, Julia, and Art bring to Sheep Hill the enthusiasm and experience needed to connect children to the wonders of the natural world, and inspire their curiosity and creativity," WRLF Executive Director Leslie Reed-Evans said. "We are very excited to welcome them back to Sheep Hill."