Creativity Inspiring Conservation: A Recycled Sculpture Workshop for High School Students at the Seattle Aquarium

CIC-2015-recruitment-posterI am expecting a baby in about 7 weeks.  As I’m making decisions like whether to use cloth or disposable diapers, I’ve been considering the impact of one person’s actions on our planet, which, multiplied by entire communities turn into global issues like overflowing landfills, fracking fields, suburban sprawl, deforestation, and polluted oceans. THIS is what I’m talking about.

I’m always looking for more ways to incorporate this message into my work as a teaching artist.  The Creativity Inspiring Conservation program at the Seattle Aquarium was the perfect opportunity to teach students about the consequences of our collective actions on a global scale, and to link this message with visual art.     096

Starting with salvaged cardboard boxes, students chose a sea creature to create in a 3-d sculpture.  We cut the cardboard into strips, and created an internal frame for our sculptural form.  This was the hardest part of the project – to translate a 2-d sketch into a 3-d framework that would eventually evolve into a sea otter, a nautilus, a penguin, a sea turtle, an angler fish, etc.

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The students covered the framework with thin cardboard and brown paper, up-cycled from food cartons and packing materials, with the brown paper side out so that it would be an easier surface to paint.

098  099  102 Choosing from a wide assortment of salvaged and re-purposed materials, students then had the opportunity to add textural and decorative elements to their work. For example, the tentacles of this nautilus are created from stripped plastic bags, bubble wrap, food wrappers, old fishing nets pulled from Puget Sound, etc.

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The results are large, stunning representations of the amazing creatures that live in our oceans.  These sculptures will be on display in the Seattle Aquarium galleries in the month of  August, 2015.  114119Needless to say, I’ve decided to go with reusable cloth diapers because I can’t in good conscience make the seals swim with more plastic, single-use diapers.  The seals don’t have a choice.  I do.

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“The Deep” at Hanson Scott Gallery

“The Deep” at Hanson Scott Gallery
May 7 – May 30
Join us for First Thursday Artwalk May 7, 5 – 8 pm

http://www.hansonscottgallery.com

312 S. Washington St. Studio D
Seattle, WA 98104

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“Untitled” by Nicole Appell, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 18″ x 24″

 

Woodblock collage workshop at Garden Essentia

Join us June 13 for another woodblock collage workshop!
http://www.gardenessentia.com

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June 13, 2015 1:00 – 3:00 pm
$35 Per Seat

Back by popular demand! Hurry – sign up quickly. The last class sold out! Register here

Join professional teaching artist Nicole Appell as we create a unique mixed media collage on a woodblock, using a variety of interesting papers, matte medium, and acrylic paints.

Inspired by the multi-layered approach that Nicole takes in her own work, participants will have the opportunity to explore colorful and patterned papers to be incorporated into their personal collages. Optional: If you have any special photographs or images from home that you would like to incorporate into your piece, please bring a copy.

There are no mistakes in this playful process. No experience is necessary. All Materials Provided.

 

“Our Community” at McClure Middle School
An Artist-in-Residence Program

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Nicole Appell in collaboration with Carolyn Grane and 7th grade students at McClure
1915 1st Ave W Seattle WA 98119

2014 – 2015, Mixed media on plywood panels, 36″ x 184″

New work and woodblock collage class at Garden Essentia

Here is a preview of some of my new work that is currently on display at Garden Essentia.  Stop by the gallery to check it out!

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Over the weekend, I taught these techniques at a woodblock collage class at Garden Essentia.  What a fun group!  Everyone made something totally unique, and I was blown away by the results.  I can’t wait for the next workshop on June 13!  If you missed it, register early because this one filled up fast.  Online registration opens soon on the Garden Essentia website.

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Join us for holiday art workshops!

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Printmaking workshop for adults with Nicole Appell and Alisha Dall’Osto

Sunday, December 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Thursday, December 11, 6:30 -9:30 pm

You will design and create your own printing block of whatever image inspires you.  You will print a set of at least 10 4 x 6″ cards.  If you would like to print on fabric items you bring along, we will provide fabric ink that can be used to transfer your design onto linen towels, t-shirts, baby onesies, or even a table runner.

Workshop cost: $30 cash or check at the door.  Please RSVP to save your spot! nicole@nicoleappell.com

Kids art workshops with Nicole and Alisha!

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Sunday, December 7, 1 – 3 pm

Kids ages 5 – 11 will decorate a wooden birdhouse and create holiday cards and ornaments!

$30 includes all materials/ cash or check at the door

Click here to register

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All classes at Alisha’s newly expanded studio: 2306 E. Ward St., Seattle WA 98112

(Free parking along Ward St. and one block north of the 43 and 48 bus stop at 23rd Ave and Aloha St.)