Andy's Special Sunday: Plant Inspired Mobiles
Recently, Summer Art Studio intern Andy Caira designed a Special Sunday program for museum guests. He planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated art making in the Art Studio. The following is his description of the project:
This Special Sunday was inspired by the progress of Bobbie’s Meadow and the beautiful orchard which houses the Eric Carle Museum. To honor this beauty, I designed a project which would hopefully turn the inside of the Art Studio into a terrarium of hanging plant-inspired mobiles.
Everyone here at the Art Studio puts in time and consideration of all materials used, in an effort to be more environmentally conscious. For this project, I wanted it to be fun and interesting as well as sustainable. I decided to use a lot of our “found materials” such as painted paper cups from previous projects, reused cardboard tubes, and paper packing materials as well as sticks collected from our apple orchard.
The team helped collect a variety of found materials, collage papers, string, yarn, and tape. In order for there to be a common thread between the materials, I decided that using a simple color palette (green and brown) would be the best way to keep the mobiles looking cohesive.
Guests were very intrigued with the building and constructing of the mobiles. They experimented with how they could use the up-cycled tape tubes and apple tree sticks. Many guests also incorporated different textures of paper and found material into their designs. Some opted to have their plant-inspired mobile be stationary instead of hanging. Guests of all ages were excited to engage with this project.
I found that explaining and demonstrating the project fully was important, as there was some difficulty understanding which materials were used for what purpose at the start. Explaining the tape and hole punchers as methods of attachment was necessary and explaining what can be used as a base (with examples) was helpful.
I was also surprised by the creativity of the guests. One guest made a rocket ship that launched a satellite, and another made a stand with mini mobiles coming off of it. This project was not only creative, but as I found, full of problem solving fun for guests of all ages.