Looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing? Want to “leave your mark” on the trails of Rogers Center? Join special guest artist-in- residence Leigh Yardley for the first-ever ‘Clay Play Workshop Series: Pollinator Sculptures.’
Yardley will guide workshop participants through the process of creating whimsical and /or realistic pollinator sculptures. Instruction will include crafting, sculpting, and painting techniques for clay.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes to be creative and have fun with clay,” said Environmental Educator Sarah Freedman. “Even those who are just trying something new will have a great time as they’re guided towards creating beautiful works of art.”
At the conclusion of the workshop series, participants will choose which of their creations will remain at Rogers Center for the permanent “Insect Installation” display along the trails.
“We are extremely grateful to the Chenango Arts Council’s Decentralization Program for making this program possible,” said Simon Solomon, FOR executive director. “Since 2011, when Friends of Rogers saved Rogers Environmental Education Center from closing, we have relied on community grant programs such as those offered by the NYS Council on the Arts to support our activities, allowing this vital resource to be preserved – and to flourish.”
The ‘Clay Play Workshop Series’ will take place on July 16 and 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Visitor Center at Rogers Environmental Education Center, just off state Route 80 in Sherburne. Pre-registrations are due by noon on July 15; fees are $18 per member and $20 for not-yet- members and cover both sessions.
Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for all ages. Seasonal winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (607) 674-4733 or visit www.friendsofrogers.org.