Funding from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation supported one of the most popular education programs at Socrates Sculpture Park: Saturday Sculpture Workshops, which use a hands-on, engaged learning environment as a means for creative expression that inspires confidence in communication and independent thinking. All workshops — free and offered every Saturday from 12 – 3pm on a drop-in basis— are led by experienced educators who are also artists who have presented at Socrates.
As Socrates alumni, teaching artists draw inspiration from the park’s natural landscape, current exhibition, and their own practices, thereby integrating the artworks on view and revealing their creative process. A different teaching artist organizes each Saturday’s subject matter, materials, and creative process; workshops vary from transforming recycled materials and plastics bags into masks, to using tin cans to create totemic sculptures. In 2014, 5,558 children participated, most between the ages of five and ten.
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