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Josephine Sculpture Park

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Teen Sculpture 

The Josephine Sculpture Park is a whole new way to experience art. Instead of looking and not touching, kids are invited to climb onto and into the sculptures! The sculpture park’s director, Melanie Van Houten, loved to visit this place and roam the fields when she was a kid. It was her grandparent’s farm.

jsp 2When Melanie grew up and became a sculptor, she visited a sculpture park in Minnesota. She knew right away that she wanted to create a sculpture park on the land that had been her grandparent’s farm.

She invites artists to create sculptures for the park. Sometimes the artists work with local high school students to create a group sculpture. Most of the sculptures are meant to be temporary, so there is always something new to see at the park. Visitors can wander along walking paths through the meadows to see – and sometimes climb on – over thirty different sculptures. The park is free and open every day from dawn to disk. Several times a year there are special events, plays, or workshops, but every day is an adventure at the Josephine Sculpture Park. Be sure to allow time after a visit to the sculpture park to encourage your children to create their own sculptures from whatever materials you have at hand!jsp Geordan with her self-portrait-1e4c10df84

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    Teen Sculpture 

    The Josephine Sculpture Park is a whole new way to experience art. Instead of looking and not touching, kids are invited to climb onto and into the sculptures! The sculpture park’s director, Melanie Van Houten, loved to visit this place and roam the fields when she was a kid. It was her grandparent’s farm.

    When Melanie grew up and became a sculptor, she visited a sculpture park in Minnesota. She knew right away that she wanted to create a sculpture park on the land t... Read More

  • Paul Sawyier Public Library


    Artwork in the Public Library

    When you are in the children’s section of the Paul Sawyier Public Library, take time to look closely at the artwork. The more you look, the more you will see! Take an imaginary field trip through the stained glass window. Do you recognize the leaves of our state tree (the tulip poplar)? How many birds, butterflies, and bugs can you find? How many can you match to the names around the border of the window? How do you think this window was created? Can you find books about birds, butterflies, and bugs?

    If you were to make a stained glass window, what wo... Read More

  • RJ Corman Children's Mural


    Public Artists at Ten

     

    The Children’s Mural is not called the Children’s Mural just because children like it. Actually, everyone likes this colourful painting on the RJ Corman Railroad Bridge over Wilkinson Street. But it is called the Children’s Mural because it was painted by children! Jennifer Zingg, an art teacher, came up with the idea. The railroad bridge was a 350 foot long eyesore. The dingy gray wall made the downtown area look bad. Zingg thought that if her summer art class could paint a mural on the wall, it would make the whole downtown area look brighter. The Sherwin Will... Read More

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