Students at Lyndeborough Central School worked with artist and sculptor Nate Walker to create art for the walls of the school’s new kindergarten wing. Walker set up his workshop as the first Artist in Residence in the basement of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.
Nate Walker facilitated family workshops as part of the Second Saturday Series, which provides exhibiting artists with a chance to share their disciplines, techniques, and insights into how artwork is created.
Students had the opportunity to experience this process first-hand by creating sculptures from found and recycled objects, art which would eventually be hung on the walls of their school's new wing. Using cork, rocks, straws, shells, bottle caps, and other objects, students worked from a template to create sculptures that celebrated each grade in the school.
“It’s their show. I’m just there to help them whatever way I can", said Mr. Walker. He liked to teach students that, “being an artist is a valid career choice. You don’t have to be a doctor or a lawyer or an accountant".
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is the most frequently visited educational and cultural institution in the state. The museum won New Hampshire Parenting Magazine Reader’s Choice awards in three categories, including Best Family Outing in the state.
This project was made possible by an Operating Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.