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Nature Transformers: Mutations, Super Powers, Heroes
July 11–15, 2016

Week 1 Theme: Nature mutates daily and the earth is full of super powers!  Inspiration will include Richard Rosenblum’s sculpture Venusvine in the Sculpture Park which transforms from foliage creeping among the rocks into a monumental tree creature and Gary Webb’s Glo Baby Glo in the Museum, with its glossy, green globules that burst free from their wooden frame. What makes the special qualities of these sculptures –and the campers–become larger than life?  Campers will explore the heroic in nature, in art, and in themselves.

Week 1 Project:  Campers will devise epic tales of nature transforming and invent their own super teams. Comic books will narrate the adventures of mutated beings enhanced by their own distinctive qualities. Tinkering will lead to gadgets that can boost unique abilities. Together campers will construct a marvelous temple that pays tribute to themselves and their nature transformers bringing to life a superb pantheon of heroes!

The BIG Idea: Contemporary art connects the hive’s weekly themes to real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Our instructors are artists, naturalists, and makers who love exploring and sharing the intersections between art and nature in a collaborative environment. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends. At the hiveeveryone learns from each other.
 


Walk on Clouds: Look Up, Look Down, Flip the Sky onto the Ground
July 18–22, 2016

Week 2 Theme: Imagine a world where the forest floor is above your head and your feet walk in the clouds. Steven Siegel’s Big, with rift in the Sculpture Park has vegetation from the ground growing atop seven-foot tall newspaper towers. How will campers turn the world turned upside down? In response to works on exhibit in the Museum, such as Laura Kim’s Dreaming and Alan Bray’s The Fossil Recordcampers will root their visions in the sky and keep their goals aloft by reaching up to the ground. Let’s see what happens when these topsy-turvy worlds meet in the middle!

Week 2 Project: Campers will create a personal experience of an upside-down world. Experiments with reflections will capture the sky on the ground.  A canopy woven from items found on the forest floor will be held high in the trees by a pulley system of their design. Interactive maps will guide others through this fantastic new world. Engineering the world in-between where rules of gravity are reversed will challenge the laws of physics and spark campers’ imaginations!

The BIG Idea: Contemporary art connects the hive’s weekly themes to real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Our instructors are artists, naturalists, and makers who love exploring and sharing the intersections between art and nature in a collaborative environment. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends. At the hive everyone learns from each other.

 


The Curious Architect: Nature Metropolises

July 25–29, 2016

Week 3 Theme: Create crystal palaces and underground cities inspired by Ursula von Rydingsvard’s towering Elegantka in the Sculpture Park and Albert Alcalay's vibrant Metropolis in the Museum. What visions will campers create taking cues from the natural phenomena surrounding them? Tangles of tall summer grasses will become dramatic skylines, while rainwater running through pine needles will flow like great rivers.

Week 3 Project: With the minuscule as a starting point to spark imaginations, campers will create thriving metropolises! Unique growth patterns from cultivating salt and sugar crystals will inspire craggy architecture. Silk strands of a spider’s web will become intersecting roads. Above and below ground neighborhoods will begin as collages made from natural and human-made materials then engineered into three-dimensional models. Which details from art and nature will campers accentuate for their daring designs?

The BIG Idea: Contemporary art connects the hive’s weekly themes to real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Our instructors are artists, naturalists, and makers who love exploring and sharing the intersections between art and nature in a collaborative environment. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends. At the hiveeveryone learns from each other.

 


Ordering Chaos: Mysteries, Patterns, Mazes
August 1–5, 2016

Week 4 Theme: Some patterns are hypnotizing. Some are puzzling. Sol LeWitt’s winding, stepped Tower (DC) in the Sculpture Park and Kurt Kranz’s spiraling Band Ammonit II in the Museum will inspire adventurous designs. Campers will discover mysteries of art and nature’s predictable pathways – and encounter the unexpected adventure in unruly patterns. Human-made and nature-made designs will be transformed when campers focus their attentions and imaginations on the organization of details.  Where can following a pattern – or breaking it – lead?

Week 4 Project: Campers will create a maze using patterns and pathways found in nature and art. How might the ivy climbing the bricks of the Museum or the weave of fibers in their shoelaces inform a dynamic labyrinth?  Their adventure will be a cross between skipping down the yellow brick road and descending into Fibonacci’s spiral. With each turn in the path, what extraordinary journey will campers create for themselves and others to experience! 

The BIG Idea: Contemporary art connects the hive’s weekly themes to real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Our instructors are artists, naturalists, and makers who love exploring and sharing the intersections between art and nature in a collaborative environment. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends. At the hiveeveryone learns from each other.