The Art of Nature Summer Day Camp
Presented by OCAF and Little Rose Nature Adventures
Note: All workshops will be held at Little Rose Farm located at 2421 Elder Mill Road in Watkinsville. We will e-mail directions to participants.
Ages 6 and up
Saturday, June 10, 2023
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
There will be two workshops going on concurrently. After a lunch break from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., the students will swap classes. (Bring your own lunch.)
Workshop 1: Movement and Cycles in Nature with Leigh Harvey and Mary Clair Mixon
Students will discuss the movement of wind, water and the cycles and patterns of nature and use their senses to connect with plants, rocks, water, and other objects. They will be led in a somatic learning experience where they mimic the movement of an animal or aspect of nature with their bodies, such as the wind, the tree swaying in the wind, a bear, a soaring bird, etc. They will listen, breathe, feel the ground beneath them and to connect to nature in any way they are led.
Workshop 2: Design in Nature & The Anatomy of a Flower with Elyse Mazanti
Using the butterfly as inspiration, students will discuss how design plays a part in the movement and aerodynamics of insects. Students will collect objects from nature, examine them, and using the basic principles of design, embellish costume wings.
The flower will be used to teach about the Golden Ratio in design, color values, color relationships, pattern, form, and scent/color as related to pollinator attraction. Lessons will cover how scent is used for aromatherapy and its effect on the brain.The history of flowers and their role in ritual and ceremony will be discussed. Students will create a flower crown, wearable art from nature.
- $35 OCAF members / $40 non-members
Leigh Harvey and Mary Clair Mixon are school teachers and dance instructors specializing in working with children and youth. Mrs. Harvey has been a science and dance educator since 1996. She has taught biology and dance at the high-school level in Barrow County and currently teaches life science at Oconee County Middle School. She sponsors the ecology club, as well as assists with choreography for the school musicals. Mrs. Harvey has developed and taught science through movement programs as an artist-in-residence with Barrow Elementary, as well as Sandy Creek Nature Center and Little Rose Nature Adventures.
Ms. Mixon holds a BSED from UGA in Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance and an MSED in Special Education. She holds a Special Teacher Certification K-12 in Dance and General Certification in Special Education. Ms. Mixon danced professionally with companies in Seattle, New York, and Atlanta. She had her own company, Standing Upstage Left, which performed to critical acclaim in the Atlanta area. Ms. Mixon has had her choreography showcased by such companies as Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express, Room to Move Dance, Athens Ballet Theater, West Georgia College Theater Arts Program, Clayton State College Theater Program, and Standing Upstage Left. Ms. Mixon has been a Dance Educator since 1985. She owned and operated her own After School Performing Arts Program, Wings to Fly Inc.in the Atlanta area. Ms. Mixon has been teaching at Cedar Shoals for 17 years. She has served as Fine Arts Department Co-Chair and helped rewrite the Georgia Performance Standards for Dance. Ms. Mixon has served as an advisor for dance students from Brenau College and the University of Georgia. She has also served as an advisor for a text book committee for Human Kinetics.
Elyse Mazanti is a sculptor living in Watkinsville, Georgia. Her free-style clay sculptures are nature-based, hand-glazed and fired in her home studio. She has taught nature art at Little Rose since 2017, participating in the after-school program.