Saturday, March 22, 2014

announcing THREE events

EVENT ONE: HATCH First Saturday
Bookbinding and Islands of the Imagination

Our third first Saturday event for April (we do events the first Saturday of every month) will be on Saturday, April 5 at Kite's Nest, Front Street, Hudson from 2 PM to 4:30 PM. You can drop your children off or, if they are young and might need extra help or if you would like to learn the activities yourself, you (adult) are welcome to stay with your child and work with us.

For our third HATCH event we will split up into two groups, with each group doing bookbinding for an hour and Islands of the Imagination for an hour.

In room one, Ulrike Grannis will teach bookbinding. If you participated in the paper marbleizing workshop, please bring your marbleized paper to the bookbinding event. In the bookbinding event, you will learn the ancient art of hand binding beautiful books.

In room two, Will Pflaum (me) will lead a class called Islands of the Imagination. In this class, students think about maps. Water runs down hill. Cities and towns are often near the ocean or a river. It can be hard to get over mountains. Some places have rainy season and dry season, while some have long winters. Then, every student will invent a fictional world, their own island of the imagination. These lands can lead to stories, myths, characters...

With other homeschool groups, this idea of fictional worlds has lead to published books, which we will have on hand to give us more ideas about what you can do with your fictional world.

The responses to our first two events, paper marbleizing and wool day, day three, was great. So, for event number three, we would like reservations in advance please. Email here.

The cost is $10 per student, plus $6 for siblings.

EVENT NUMBER TWO: Spanish for Spring Break
Can't go south for sun for Spring Break? Get some culture from slightly warmer places that would not be all that warm right now anyway!

Join us (me) at the Hudson Library for music, poetry and games in Spanish.

For children of all ages, no fee. Hudson Area Library on April 15, noon to 2 PM. Drop off your kids or stay. Free fun! 400 State St, Hudson, NY 12534 Phone:(518) 828-1792

April is poetry month. In celebration, we will translate an old Spanish poem that has never been translated to English before. It's the best way to read a poem: by translating it, you will understand it very well and never forget it. You might learn a little Spanish.

Also, we will learn to sing a 1970s song by some long-haired Argentinian hippies. And play drums and guitar! No English will be spoken (other than when translating the poem). 


I (me) am in a group show at BCB Gallery -- and here is the book of art for sale at the gallery.

BeLo Third is sponsoring Dine Art on April 12, from 5 to 7 PM. If you go to BCB gallery you will be able to sample the food of Relish
and see a lot of art (including mine). White wine and pelligrion.

So, hope to see you at:

Bookbinding and map making: Saturday April 5, at 2 PM at Kite's Nest
Art: Saturday April 12 at 5 PM at BCB Gallery
Spanish: Tuesday April 15, at noon at the Hudson Area Library

Busy April!

Thanks. Will Pflaum.

And over at Kite's Nest, don't miss these great offerings:

It’s really true, spring is almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited. With the longer days, warmer air and thawing ground, the world invites us outside and beyond our nest. For our spring quarter, we'll emerge - welcoming in a host of incredible educators, kicking off new projects and embarking on some big plans. From living architecture to garbology, we’re extending into new territory and growing our programs in order to offer even more opportunities to more young people. The theme of justice is emerging, as many ourworkshops this quarter seek to develop and expand our understanding of how systems and structures work -- large and small, physical and societal. We enter into this theme asking questions about the resources that nourish and sustain us. We are all agents and stewards of our environment, and with that comes a responsibility to understand our impact within it. But it’s the curiosity and joy with which we pursue this understanding that enable all of us to make our impact positive and filled with possibility.

Joining us this quarter are a power-house team of educators. Writer Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl, artist Tara Foley, farmer and food justice activist Jalal Sabur, artist Nick Pomeroy, food-crafter and artist Tess Diamond, craftswoman Cara Turett and comic artist Ira Marcks. We are absolutely honored to have such inspiring people helping Kite’s Nest to grow and learn.

We are also expanding our home base to include a new location: the new River City Garden is a collaborative community garden and urban sustainability project in the works. Through a partnership between Kite’s Nest, the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center, Hudson Urban Gardens, Americorps, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhoods, and Sweet Freedom Farm, we will work with a group of dedicated teens to design and build our own urban garden in the 2nd Ward of Hudson, just at the other end of Front St. The garden will host community design workshops, workdays, and events throughout the season as we work to develop greater food security in our city. 

Kite’s Nest

Click workshop titles for full descriptions.

Afterschool workshops:

Mondays 3pm - 5pm. Ages 10 - 13.
with Kaya Weidman and Cara Turett.
Forest to furniture with women woodworkers, in collaboration with Perfect Ten After School. 

Wednesdays 3pm - 6pm. Ages 8 - 13. 
with with Ira Marcks. 
A workshop about discovering the art and craft of visual storytelling.
Daytime workshops:

Tuesdays 10am - 3pm. Ages 8 - 13. 
with Nicole LoBue and Tess Diamond.
Story, history, culture and craft: the elements and experience of a meal, from scratch. 

Thursdays 10am - 3pm. Ages 8 - 13.
With Sara Kendall and Nick Pomeroy.
A geographical investigation: where does our stuff come from? And where does our garbage go? 

Fridays 10am - 3pm. Ages 10 - 15.
with Nicole LoBue and Tara Lisa Foley.
Living architecture, biology, design and the natural world.

Weekend workshops:

Saturdays 10am - noon. Ages 10 - 15.
with Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl
A creative writing program exploring the art of fiction.

Sundays 2pm - 6pm. Ages 13 - 17.
wtih Jalal Sabur and Kaya Weidman.

Urban sustainability and food justice for teens. Design and build a garden from the roots up! 

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