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May 2019

11 May

Birding By Ear: A Sight, Sound, & Art Experience

9:30am - 11:30am | Marydell Faith & Life Center, Nyack

Join us for a guided bird walk of Marydell-on-the-Hudson!  Tune your ears to the trees and learn the calls of our feathered friends.  Make a “sound map” and work with fine art and natural materials to create a work of art to take home. Saturday, May 11 9:30am - 11:30am Marydell Faith & Life Center 640 N. Midland Ave. Nyack, NY 10960 FOR ALL AGES. Recommended for children 6+ with parents/caregiver. Please dress in clothing and footwear that is appropriate…

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June 2019

$8 – $35
8 Jun

The Four Elements: WATER

10:00am - 12:30pm | Marydell Faith & Life Center, Nyack

This is a unique opportunity to work with Strawtown artists and naturalists at our studio at Marydell!  In each workshop we will focus on one of the four elements, explore their attributes, make art and science connections, and create a work of art. We spend part of the class outdoors, then come back to the studio for creative time! WATER Playful Fluid Intuition Emotion "Water is the true governor of all life" -Lao Tzu Look closely at the dynamic movement…

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$35 – $202.50
8 Jun

Drawing Closer to Nature

2:00pm - 4:30pm | Marydell Faith & Life Center, Nyack

NEW! Join artists Natalie Russell and Joanna Dickey in this drawing course that features close observation of nature in Spring through an artistic lens.  We will experience drawing as a way to tune in with nature, train our eyes, and inspire our creativity. Enjoy artful walk-abouts in the breathtaking Marydell landscape Pay close attention to the ever-changing natural forms around us Learn to see local flora and fauna through an artistic lens Practice drawing skills with exercises in a variety…

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15 Jun

Who Lives Here? Art & Science in the Stream

11:00am - 1:00pm | Sterling Forest Visitor’s Center, Tuxedo Park

Have fun exploring and making discoveries in and around the small stream in Sterling Forest!  Search for aquatic life and work with magnifying lenses and microscopes to identify the critters you’ve found.  Create a work of art based on your experience meeting and making friends with the tiny stream life.  You will also learn about the relationships between stream critters and the quality of the water, and what a creek habitat needs to be healthy.  FOR ALL AGES. Recommended for children 6+ with parents/caregiver. Wear…

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August 2019

3 Aug

Ink Painting with Marsh Grasses

11:00am - 1:00pm | Goswick Pavilion 95 Ferry Rd, Piermont, NY 10968, Piermont

Explore two different local river grasses, phragmites and cattails!  In this program, participants will have fun painting with the grasses, which have been prepared and turned into painting tools, and they will learn how to work with different strokes and ink techniques.  By looking closely at the plants under microscopes, participants will be able to compare the inner structures of the two, and discover how they work in the marsh for providing habitats for different creatures. After painting, the marsh…

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10 Aug

Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count

2:00pm - 4:30pm | Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center, Sleepy Hollow

If you could lift the lid off the Hudson River, what would you see? Join us at the fish count and find out!  The educators from Teatown will lead you in catching fish and aquatic life in the river with a sein net.  Then become inspired to make art on the beach with guidance from Strawtown artists. Click to Register

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September 2019

$15 – $25
21 Sep

Hudson Valley Ramble 2019

11:00am - 1:00pm | Marydell Faith & Life Center, Nyack

Nature Art - Off the Hook! Don’t miss this annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural beauty of the Hudson Valley!  Join Strawtown artists and naturalists for a creative outdoor experience at The Marydell Faith and Life Center, located at the base of Hook Mountain on the Hudson River. Come learn about the special features of the river and the diverse wildlife it supports, then create a related work of art to take home. For more info…

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28 Sep

Colors of Migration

11:00am - 1:00pm | State Line Lookout

Fall is a time of migration for many species of animals in the northeast.  Join us in an artistic exploration of migration, as we play with the differences in color and composition of the land and water that the animals travel over and through -- from the earthy autumn tones of the Hudson Valley, to the aqua blues and bold colors of southern island habitats. Participants will have fun studying aerial images of the earth and creating art by mixing…

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October 2019

6 Oct

Opening Reception – From the Schoolyard to the River Beach: A “Nature Girls” Art Exhibit with Strawtown Studio

3:00pm - 5:00pm | Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining, NY 10562, Teatown

Come see how art meets ecology!  Join us for the opening for a first-of-its-kind photo exhibit! Inspiring for children and adults alike, this exhibition highlights the discoveries and art creations of the "Nature Girls", through the seasons and over the years. “Nature Girls” is a Teatown education program that encourages girls to get out into nature, and develop an interest for natural science. For the past 6 years, Strawtown Studio artists/educators have been invited to bring their nature art education specialty…

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12 Oct

Have you ever been on an art hike? Presented in Partnership with the Palisades Parks Conservancy, join Strawtown artists and naturalists for a healthy hike along the Doodletown Brook in Harriman State Park. We will collect the colors of the forest along the way, then gather at the reservoir to share our findings and practice handwork. We will incorporate our autumn findings with materials like wire, strings, and beads to make a work of art inspired by the place. Afterwards,…

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19 Oct

Painting with Marsh Grasses – Oct. 19 2019

1:30pm - 3:30pm | Hudson River Museum, Yonkers

Explore two different local river grasses, with naturalists and artists from Strawtown Studio, led by its Director and Lead Artist/Educator, Laurie Seeman. Participants of all ages will learn how to paint with grasses, observe the plants under microscopes, and learn about the ways in which they provide habitats for different creatures in the Hudson River marsh.  For all ages. Saturday, October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm Hudson River Museum 511 Washburton Avenue Yonkers, NY 10701 Workshop included in Admission Price.…

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November 2019

9 Nov

Forever Evergreens!

11:00am - 1:00pm | Silvermine Lake, Harriman State Park

Who is the “Keeper of the Green” in the winter woods? The Evergreen of course! Conifer forests can be a very special place to visit, especially in the colder months when all the deciduous leaves have fallen. Join us to explore the different evergreen wonders of our parks. Get to know their fragrances, count their needles, and learn how to tell them apart. Then celebrate the life and eco-system of conifers by creating a work of art with fine art…

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