I want to introduce our second intern, Laurie Mills who will be assisting us in the Studio this summer. She’s had a few weeks to work with us and below she wrote a little more about her experience so far. Welcome Laurie!
Hello! I’m Laurie, the new summer intern in the Art Studio at The Carle. I graduated in May from Wheaton College with a degree in Studio Art. Although I’ve only been here for a few weeks, I’m impressed by how much activity and creativity has gone on during that time.
My first task in the studio was to help transition into the new Public Art Project inspired by Lucy Cousins’ Maisy books. The new project is called “Lift, Peek, Pull”, where visitors can add flaps, tabs, or pockets into their own book. I put together a large-scale book for the display case outside of The Studio doors, which always shows an example of the featured project to inspire guests.
I went to the Lucy Cousin’s exhibit to brainstorm, and came up with the idea to illustrate “My House”. I pieced together large watercolor paper to make the book, and attached flaps in the trees, for the door, and in the house that have pictures hidden beneath. The finished product hopefully shows some fun, simple ideas for visitor’s own books.
My second week at the museum allowed for a fun opportunity to join Meghan on one of her outreach projects. Meghan went to a special Head Start event in Worcester to read stories and put together some art projects for children. The books followed a hat theme, so the kids were to create and decorate their own hats out of construction paper. I had fun getting an idea of how the studio educators, Meghan and Diana, adapt their art programs to schools and libraries in the community.
Baseball Bonanza was a big highlight of my third week. Visitors played games, made pennants and MVP trading cards, met illustrators, read books, and listened to special presentations. I again realized just how much taking time to appreciate art leads to a variety of learning experiences.
I know there will be many more projects and events to come throughout the summer, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store. I’ll report back soon!