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Real Bugs- A Closer Look at Invertebrate & Translating their Art on Paper

August 18 @ 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Real Bugs: The Natural Wonder of Invertebrate Art

Creative Classrooms Project

Saturday August 18th ~ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Mary Hall, Education Director Utica Zoo and Carol Vossler Art Integration Specialist BluSeed Studios

To enroll in this class click link below or call 518-891-3799 for more information

1 day Integrative Workshop: $90.00 (includes all material, pulp & screen prep and snacks)

Families are welcome!  Age appropriate( 7yrs & up) can join in the fun ~ we will also have an arts & crafts table!

Why Take This Workshop!

  • Expand your network… Foster your creativity…
  • Explore project based strategies for your classroom or workplace
  • Connect mind and nature
  • Renew yourself and your life passion while on vacation in historic Saranac Lake, renowned arts and cultural hub of the Adirondacks.
  • Educators can earn CTLE credits while on vacation!
  • It is FUN!

This workshop is part of the BluSeed Studios’ Creative Classrooms Project, Professional Development for Educators, Health Professionals, Business or any who seek new ways of seeing!  We offer multi-day retreats with the Lake Clear Lodge. For more info on the retreats at Lake Clear Lodge, click on link.  Carol Marie/BluSeed Studios is a proud member of the New York State Art Teachers Association.  Creative Classrooms was funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts

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To start out the day, Mary Hall from the Utica Zoo will introduce you to a selection of invertebrates and explain their vital role in the ecosystem.

Then it is out to the beautiful Adirondack forests to search for these natural artists and gather materials and inspiration for your own art.

Back at BluSeed Studios, you will create your Nepalese pulp painting using fiber from recycled t-shirts

Participants will make their own paper, pulp painting and use an insect stencil to add onto their freshly formed sheets of paper.

  • Experience Art Integration and how your students, colleagues or cohort can benefit from this Professional Development Day.

Invertebrates make up 97% of all animal species on our Earth and are the original recyclers and natural artists! Come to BluSeed Studios this summer and explore the hidden world of these fascinating creatures while creating your own version of invertebrate art.  You will learn new art integrative techniques and gain valuable insight on how to use invertebrate studies in your classroom.

During this workshop all will be involved in the exploration of paper making, past and present, spanning 2000 years of the convergence of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).  Journals will be given so during our walk in the woods you can take notes, sketch or jot down observations for a future poem, song or story!

Click here for a sample lesson plan created for 8th grade Science and Visual Art Standards

BluSeed Studios, “Creative Classrooms Project” and the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat have partnered to develop a series of participant driven workshops entitled “Creative Learning Retreats.” Check out all of our future retreat workshops.  The creative art integrated retreats will not be a standard workshop in a classroom setting. Participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings including an iconic Adirondack arts center, a Great Camp lodge and nature-based sites. A creative team of teaching professionals, creative artists from performing to culinary, will be featured presenters. Unique audience driven workshops include dramatizations, demonstrations, interactive creative problem solving and fun culinary experiences utilizing food as an educational tool.


The Instructors:

Mary Hall is the Director of Education and Conservation at the Utica Zoo. She brings twenty-five years’ experience in environmental education and loves to share her passion and knowledge about the Adirondack Forests. Mary earned her degree in Forestry from Paul Smiths College. Prior to her work at the Utica Zoo she was the environmental educator for the NYS Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) and an educator at the Utica Children’s Museum.

Carol Marie Vossler is the Founder & Artistic Director at BluSeed Studios. Her varied experience includes forest practices, art integration specialist and teaching the studio arts for twenty years. She earned degrees in Forestry from Paul Smiths College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Plattsburgh State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. Her Art Integration Specialist Certification was through the Education Closet 1 year art integration program.

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Mary Hall with art teacher Maria DeAngelo holding an invertebrate!


August 18
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
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BluSeed Studios
(518) 891-3799


BluSeed Studios
24 Cedar Street
Saranac Lake, 12983 United States
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(518) 891-3799


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