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 2023
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Saturday, April 23 • 11AM – 5PM
Saturday, May 6 • 11AM – 1PM
Planting workshop with Anna Poaster
Saturday, May 13 • 11AM – 1PM
Saturday, June 3 • 11AM – 1PM
Planting workshop with Anna Poaster
Saturday, July 8 • 11AM – 1PM
Vessels – From Residing Lands with Marcela Torres
Saturday, July 22 • 11AM – 1PM
Saturday, August 5 • 11AM – 1PM •
Seedbanking workshop with Anna Poaster
Saturday, August 12 • 11AM – 1PM •
Deep Listening: Sonic Connections with Pam Reyes
Saturday, September 9 • 11AM – 1PM •
Saturday, October 21 • 11AM – 1PM
Harvest Fire Feast with Marcela Torres
Field Guide Educators
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.
Heidi Neilson is a Queens-based interdisciplinary artist working in multiple mediums including radio transmissions, sound, prints, books, sculpture, electronics and video. Her recent work includes Moon Arrow, an electronic arrow which continually points at the moon (and was seen at Socrates in recent years), and Here GOES Radiotelescope, a sculptural seat-like radio station for receiving images of the earth from a weather satellite. www.heidineilson.com
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 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.
Aneesa Razak is a teaching artist from the Bronx. She enjoys foraging through the garden and working with others in the community. She is currently pursing a bfa at the Cooper Union specializing in drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Pam Reyes is an artist, musician and art educator based in Austin, Texas by way of Queens, New York. Pam has taught art at The Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The New Museum, and a K-8 private school. Pam is currently pursuing her Masters in Art Education at The University of Texas at Austin. One of her favorite pastimes is writing songs on long walks with her two rescue dogs.
Jeannette Rodríguez Píneda is a Dominican-American mixed media artist and educator using antiquarian emulsion-based processes as a means of remembering soils called home. They have an intergenerational teaching practice rooted in love ethic as liberation that spans across the five boroughs of New York City.
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.
Free education programs at Socrates Sculpture Park are made possible with generous support from Con Edison, Elmezzi Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation with additional support provided, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.