Students at Lyndeborough Central School worked with artist and sculptor Nate Walker to create art for the walls of the school’s new kindergarten wing. Walker set up workshop as the first Artist in Residence in the basement of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.
Nate Walker facilitated family workshops during the Second Saturday Series, which provided exhibiting artists a chance to share their disciplines, techniques, and insights into how artwork is created.
Students had a chance to understand this process first-hand by creating art sculptures from found and recycled objects to hang on the walls of their new addition. Using piles of cork and rocks, straws, shells, bottle caps, and other objects, students worked from a template to create sculptures that celebrated each grade in the school.
“It’s their show. I’m just there to help them whatever way I can.” And sometimes that means showing kids, by example, that “being an artist is a valid career choice. You don’t have to be a doctor or a lawyer or an accountant.”
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire happens to be the most frequently visited educational and cultural institution in the state. They won Reader’s Choice in three categories by New Hampshire Parenting Magazine, including Best Family Outing in the state.
This project was one of many made possible by a $21,528 Operating Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.