Through the Looking Glass: Curiosity, Creatures, Croquet
July 6–10, 2015

Week 1 Theme: What’s on the other side of the looking glass? Dan Graham’s Crazy Spheroid: Two Entrances and other new sculptures coming to the Sculpture Park this summer will “transport” campers to fantastic new worlds. Campers will create a vivid, fantastical new realm through their transformed perceptions and creative visions of the artistic and natural features of the Park.  

Week 1 Project:  Working together with new friends, campers will create a whimsical world seen “through the looking glass.” They will transform common plants and animals into delightful and mischievous characters such as talking flowers, tea-drinking rabbits, dancing crustaceans, and sheep that knit. Experimenting with mirrors, playing with shadows, and exploring optical illusions will prompt design of a humorous and strange world where a game of chess or a round of croquet take on new dimensions!

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.

 


Begin with a Single Step: Wander, Wonder, Map
July 13–17, 2015

Week 2 Theme: Make walking an artistic adventure like the artists in the summer Museum exhibition featuring “Walking Sculpture.” Artist Helen Mirra’s prints made from objects found while walking, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s giant newspaper sphere that traverses the city, and Bruce Nauman’s ”exaggerated” walking video, among others, will offer campers with this week’s inspiration. From the anatomy of walking to mapping processes and tools, campers will mastermind expressive ways to navigate deCordova’s 30-acre Sculpture Park. What wonders will campers see and create while walking in new and extraordinary ways? 

Week 2 Project: From the silliest of strides to full out sprints, campers will experiment with different and exciting ways of doing one of our most common daily activities: walking. Investigations of human, animal, and insect strides will inspire flipbook and zoetrope animations. What sculptural objects will campers construct for their walking adventures that symbolize their unique selves and their passions to share with the world. Campers will also develop tools to navigate the terrain of the Sculpture Park, from innovative maps and compasses to surprising and inventive footwear.

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.

 


Simple Machines and Complex Beings: Design, Tinker, Transport

July 20–24, 2015

Week 3 Theme: Using George Greenamyer’s Mass Art Vehicle and George Rickey’s Three Lines as inspiration, campers will explore and design kinetics and simple machines in the living laboratory of the Sculpture Park. How can rubber bands, gears, levers, and pulleys be put to creative use to build giant sculptures with moving parts? Imagine a series of chain reactions made from simple machines in deCordova’s 30-acre Park! 

Week 3 Project: Campers will create components for mechanisms from ordinary and unexpected materials. What can gears made from nature look like? What will a tire rolling down a hill set into motion? Campers will find inventive ways to explore cause and effect by imagining, designing, and building a variety of gadgets and gizmos. The components created will be assembled into a collaborative chain reaction contraption connecting various sculptures in the Park!

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.

 


Engineering Connections: Over, Under, Through

July 27–31, 2015

Week 4 Theme: What mysteries lie within artist Esther Klas’s intriguing new artwork in the Sculpture Park? From where did these curious “doors” in the woods come and to what unknown underground passageway could they lead? Drawing inspiration from Klas’ concrete portals as well as artist Monika Sosnowska’s massive steel tunnel coming to the Park this summer, campers will push the rules of engineering and architecture to the limit while creating unique works of art! 

Week 4 Project: Campers will pioneer ways to design and construct bridges, doors, towers, forts, and tunnels inspired by the Museum’s castle-like architecture and art in the Sculpture Park. Working from playful blueprints, tabletop test designs, and structural challenges, campers will assemble architectural elements into an interactive sculptural environment. What kind of majestic, mysterious metropolis will campers create?

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.