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Whooooos coming!!! Owls that’s who!

Fun for the whole family! On Saturday March 19, from 1-4pm, explore the wonders of owls as the Museum of American Bird Art (MABA) host our popular Owls Live! festival. Be amazed when you see owls up close, explore the sanctuary, and create art. Drop in any time between 1 and 4pm on Saturday for Owls Live! The cost of admission is $5 per person and all ages are welcome. The museum is located on Washington Street in Canton directly across from Canton High School. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our events and news.

Long-eared Owl. Photo Credit: Shawn Carey

Long-eared Owl. Photo Credit: Shawn Carey

 See Owls Up Close!

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Activities include owl cookie decorating, face painting, and making owl masks.

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Our Owl Quest will encourage visitors to follow a set of clues in the exhibition gallery and around the 121 acre wildlife sanctuary to learn more about owls and the wonders of spring. Raffle baskets will include a week of the Wild at Art summer camp, Mass Audubon family membership and fun pack, and a framed print by MABA benefactor Mildred Morse Allen with the framing donated by the Village Gallery in Canton. Tickets to the event include admission to the current exhibition, Life on the Leaf Edge, Photographs of Native Caterpillars by Sam Jaffe

Proceeds from the Owls Live! Festival support MABA’s Wild at Art summer camp. Families will have an opportunity to meet MABA’s camp director, Sean Kent, and senior staff. You can learn about the upcoming camp season, which is designed to engage campers in the discovery and stewardship of nature and encourage artistic expression. Sean is an experienced and skilled educator who has worked with elementary through college age students in both formal and outdoor settings.

Check out last year’s camp!

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Top Moments from the butterflies and metamorphosis week (Wild at Art Week 6)

We have been having a fantastic week during our Natural Connections week at Camp. All the campers have been creating amazing art, learning about caterpillars, butterflies, and the process of metamorphosis. Come see all their amazing art displayed on Friday at 2:30 at our weekly art show. Here are some of the top moments from the week!

Top Moment #1: Making and painting masks

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Painting Masks

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Top Moment #2: Making butterfly wings

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Top Moment #3: Exploring the brook and catching crayfish

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Top Moment #4: Catching Butterflies

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Top Moments from the Earthworks Camp Week

All the campers have been having a fantastic time this week, playing games, creating art inspired by our natural landscape, and exploring the sanctuary…with many special trips to the brook to catch crayfish and check on their crayfish houses. Here are some of the top moments from the week:

Moment #1: Weaving in the trees with natural materials

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Moment #2: Building with natural materials

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Moment #3: Exploring the brook and putting out crayfish houses

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Moment #4: Learning about and building bird nests

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Moment #5: Creating Nature Journals

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Moment #6: Stacking rocks

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Moment #7: Creating mobiles for the art show

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Top Moments from Discovering Pollinators Camp Session: Week 4 of the Wild at Art Camp

Here at the Wild at Art Camp, everybody has been having a lot of fun learning about pollinators, playing nature games (pin the antenna on the butterfly and the pollinator game created by counselor Amanda), and creating art inspired by nature. We have a few spots open for our last two sessions of camp. Check out some of the top moments from the week:

Moment #1: Creating nature journals

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Moment #2: Creating an Eric Carle inspired basket of fruits that need pollinators

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Moment #3: Using water and dye (sumagashi) to create amazing swirling paintings

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Moment #4: Exploring in the sanctuary

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Moment #5: Playing lots of games and cooling off on hot days

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Moment #6: Learning watercolor techniques by painting an apple (needs pollinators)!

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Moment #7: Being collaborative like bees and painting!!!!

Connecting Art with Nature: Highlights from our Wild Photography Week

Campers have been having a great week during the Wild Photography Camp session. We’ve been having lots of fun learning about photography, creating art, and exploring the sanctuary. Check out our post on the campers building the cameras. Here are the top moments from the week:

Moment #1: Painting with light (seriously)

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Moment #3: Silkscreen and watercolor of an Audubon Owl Print

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Moment #3: Nature hikes and photo scavenger hunts

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Moment #4: Collagraphic printmaking with natural materials

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Moment #5: Creating paintbrushes out of natural materials to paint a wall mural

 

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Moment #6: Creating Audubon prints and then visiting the permanent collection to learn more about printmaking

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Moment #7: Creating photo stories in the bird and pollinator garden

 

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Wild Photography: Campers learn, create, and express themselves through digital photography

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Learn, Create, and Express! Today, we kicked off our Wild Photography week at the Wild at Art Summer Camp. Campers spent the morning building their own digital camera, which they will use during the week to learn more about the art of photography. Camper build and use a bigshot camera, which was developed by Shree Nayar, a computer science professor at Columbia University.

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By building the camera, they will learn about how gears work, how power is generated, and the physics behind digital photography. Check out this gallery of the cameras being put together:

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Connecting art with nature: Top moments from the Take Flight (Week 2) Camp Session

Campers have been having a great week during the Take Flight session. We’ve been having lots of fun learning about birds, creating bird inspired art, and exploring the sanctuary. During the week, campers loved our visit from the internationally renowned Caterpillar Lab from Keene, New Hampshire, and printmaking workshop with the amazing Sherrie York. Here are the top moments from the week:

Moment #1: Fantastic Charcoal Drawings with our artist Katie Buchanan

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Moment #2: Collecting natural materials for leaf prints in their nature journal

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Moment #3: Nature Hikes and Scavenger Hunts

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Moment #4: Creating art using the process of suminagashi

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Moment #5: Visit from Sherrie York

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Moment #6: Excitement with the Caterpillar Lab

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Printmaking with Sherrie York at the Wild at Art Summer Camp

Excitement permeated through the Wild at Art Summer Camp on Thursday July 17 because artist Sherrie York, an internationally renowned printmaker, stopped by and taught all the campers a little about the art of printmaking.

Since this was during the Take Flight week, all the campers made prints that were inspired by the different textures of bird feathers. Each group of campers started off in our fantastic exhibition “The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago” and looked at the different types of feathers found on the different birds. Next, they created a relief print on foam board and then created ink prints. Check out all the fun.

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Campers with Sherrie York checking out the different types of feathers

Creating Relief Prints

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Creating Prints

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The Finished Product!

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Connecting with art and nature: Top moments from the Natural Connections week at the Wild at Art Camp

We had an amazing first week at our Wild at Art Camp. Our theme was Natural Connections and the campers learned and created art focused on the web that connects plants and animals.

Moment #1: The Caterpillar Lab

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Moment #2: Creating marbled paper (sumagashi) and birch tree paintings

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Moment #3: Using found materials to build an eight foot wide eagles nest

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Moment #4: Collecting natural materials for art

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Collecting natural materials for art projects

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Collecting natural materials for art projects

Moment #5: Warming up with charcoal before some awesome art projects

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Our teaching artist, Katie Buchanan, and camper Cora warming up for the art activity with charcoal

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Camper David and Liam having fun drawing with charcoal

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Moment #6: Getting up close with dragonflies and other critters in the meadow

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Sean Kent, the Wild at Art Camp director, shows camper Janek, Handel, Cooper, and Thomas, a dragonfly from the meadow.

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Camper Janek, Cooper, and Thomas catching critters in the meadow

Moment #7: Creating art everywhere, even on the sidewalk

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Moment #8: Watercolors using water from our pond full of tadpoles

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Moment #9: Going behind the scenes in the art museum and creating Charlie Harper Inspired art based on their up close tour

 

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See the world differently: Earthworks week at the Wild at Art Summer Camp

During the Earthworks camp session from August 3 – 7, campers will experience the natural world in new ways by creating landscape art with natural materials. Each camper will engage with their natural environment in many creative activities guided by caring and well-trained camp counselors. Find out more about the Wild at Art camp and download the camp brochure.

Camper creating landscape art with pine cones and other natural materials

Camper creating landscape art with pine cones and other natural materials

Campers will use nature as their canvas and create inspiring works of art. During the Earthworks week, campers will

  • Have lots of fun planning and building with natural materials throughout the nature sanctuary
  • Develop their problem solving skills while designing and creating their works of art
  • Expand their creativity and vision
  • Develop friendships and increase their confidence by creating landscape art

Sign up today for the Earthworks Camp Session 

This camp week is inspired by landscape artists, including Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson, whose artwork you can see below.

Learn more about landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy:

Andy Goldsworthy’s ‘Slate Cone’ in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, UK

 

Spiral Jetty, By Landscape Artist Robert Smithson.

Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Artist: Robert Stimpson. CC-BY-SA-2.0

Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Artist: Robert Stimpson. CC-BY-SA-2.0