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Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide

Explore Socrates’ unique environment with a series of experimental workshops that combine art making with natural materials, gardening, experiments in sustainability, that celebrate the senses.

Workshops weave together planting, drawing, sound recording, plant and tree identification, learning about medicinal properties of indigenous plants, pickling, bookmaking, and experiments in bioplastics. These workshops will also explore mindfulness techniques, seeking to grow our shared awareness of the natural cycles of the park, and our senses.

The series will result in a book: Field Guide, A Community-made Book of Knowledge, that will be both a collaborative artwork and a guide to the ecology of the park.


These workshops are free, hands on, open to all ages, families and individuals, and any skill level.  

RSVP required.  Workshops are about 2 hours long. 

Workshops will be offered to visiting summer camps in July and August.  If your camp is interested, please email Douglas Paulson.

All Ages Welcome  • Pre-Registration Required •  Free!

Field Guide: Planting Workshop: Seeding, Abundance, & Growth 1  –>

Saturday, April 20  •  11AM – 1PM  

Planting workshop with Anna Poaster

Field Guide: Planting Workshop: Seeding, Abundance, & Growth 2 –>

Saturday, May 4  •  11AM – 1PM  

Planting workshop with Anna Poaster

Field Guide: Planting Workshop: Wine Cap & Oyster Mushrooms –>

Saturday, May 11  •  11AM – 1PM

Facilitated by Roberta Trentin

Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide: Worldbuilding: Plant Terrarium –>

Saturday, May 18  •  11AM–1PM  

Art-making workshop with Sol Aramendi. Pre-registration is recommended, with a limited number of walk-up spots available.

Field Guide: Reishi Mushrooms: From Paper to Medicine –>

Saturday, June 1  •  11AM – 1PM

Facilitated by Roberta Trentin

Field Guide: Planting Workshop: Seeding Abundance, Caring for Growth 2 –>

Saturday, June 15  •  11AM – 1PM

Facilitated by Anna Poaster of Hellgate Farm

Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide: Cleansing: Water as Material –>

Saturday, June 22 •  11AM – 1PM

Art-making workshop with Luned Palmer. Pre-registration is recommended, with a limited number of walk-up spots available.

Socrates x Aurora Commons/WE-Lab Field Guide: Our Ecology –>

Saturday, June 29  •  11AM – 1PM  

Facilitated by Daniel Lim

Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide: Mending: Making Stories Visible –>

Saturday, July 20 •  11AM – 1PM

Art-making workshop with Joseph Tokumasu Field. Pre-registration is recommended, with a limited number of walk-up spots available.

Socrates x Aurora Commons/WE-Lab Field Guide: Power in Ceremony –>

Saturday, July 27  •  11AM – 1PM  

Facilitated by Nisha Purushotham and Ana Polanco

 

Field Guide: Deep Looking: Points of Connection Abound –>

Saturday, August 3  •  11AM – 1PM

Facilitated by Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn

 

Field Guide: Collage –>

Saturday, August 17  •  11AM – 1PM

Facilitated by Carla Heyward

Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide: Upcycling: Potential of Paper –>

Saturday, August 24 •  11AM – 1PM

Art-making workshop with Joseph Tokumasu Field. Pre-registration is recommended, with a limited number of walk-up spots available.

Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide: Connections: Mycelium –>

Saturday, September 21 •  11AM – 1PM

Art-making workshop with Sol Aramendi. Pre-registration is recommended, with a limited number of walk-up spots available.

Field Guide: The Clay Body and Their Stories –>

Saturday, October 5  •  11AM – 1PM

Facilitated by Marcela Torres

Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide: Ritual: Fire as Material –>

Saturday, October 12 •  11AM – 1PM

Art-making workshop with Luned Palmer. Pre-registration is recommended, with a limited number of walk-up spots available.

Fire Feast –>

Saturday, October 19  •  11AM – 1PM

Facilitated by Marcela Torres

 

Field Guide Educators

Christina Delfico

Christina Delfico is the founder of iDig2Learn, which allows children and their families to explore science and the origin of food through plant life. Plants serve as the gateway to lifelong discovery of all the living things in our water, sky, and land. When one stops and truly sees the marvels of all things, big and small, one can better protect them recognizing how vital they are to our life on earth.

Christina’s early career was dedicated to creating and producing children’s media with Sesame Workshop which helped her recognize the joy of learning at every age. iDig2Learn is a project of Open Space Institute, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.

Douglas Paulson

Socrates’ Director of Education Douglas  Paulson is a Queens-based artist who loves the sounds of spring. Doug’s practice is expansive, weaving together sprawling social projects in public space; to intimate drawings, books, and sound experiments. www.douglaspaulson.com

Anna Poaster

Anna Poaster is one of the farmers at Hellgate Farm. Hellgate is a network of residential gardens in Queens, NYC a site in Canaan, NY. The organization promotes urban gardening, responsible land stewardship, and a permaculture lifestyle within their community. The Farm aims to provide opportunities for people interested in these practices to connect and learn, as well as to share in the abundance of the harvest.

As a Queens resident, Anna manages Hellgate’s nursery and compost operations and is excited about all things agricultural.

Roberta Trentin

Roberta Trentin is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in collaboration with the materials and the unknown outcomes. Her work explores overlooked stories of fungi and plants in the more-than-human world. A background in science and a love of the earth result in an interweaving of macro/micro-observations and deeply personal stories. Roberta has been experimenting with mushroom paper and uses it to create sculptural assemblages that speak about life flows and entanglement. Roberta splits her time between the forests of the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn.

Marcela Torres

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, living in transit between Chicago and Brooklyn. Torres received a BA in Sculpture Intermedia and a BFA in Art History from the University of Utah, continuing their studies in MFA in Performance form School of the Art Institute Chicago. Torres has performed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), The Momentary (Bentonville, AK), Fringe Festival (Detroit, MI), Experimental Actions (Houston, TX) and Time Based Arts (Portland, Oregon). Torres has exhibited work at Recess (Brooklyn, NY), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL) UW-Parkside University (Kenosha, WI), Tropical Contemporary (Eugene, OR), Petzel Gallery (NYC, NY) In 2021 Torres will be a resident at Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts.

SUPPORT

Free education programs at Socrates Sculpture Park are made possible with generous support from Equinor US, The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with additional support provided, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.