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Ephemeral Art

Friday, September 20, 2019

4:30 - 6:30 PM


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Let your creativity go wild at the Ephemeral Art experience this fall. Our guide, Sonya Sankaran, will lead you and other attendees in art projects that use the natural elements found in the plants and minerals at Patrick Marsh. You will learn to weave flexible plant stems and trees to create sculptures, and express your individuality through colorful mandalas. You will also learn how being in nature and creativity can benefit your mental health. Adults and children alike will relish in the play and fun of using nature to create artwork. 

Where: Stein Road, Sun Prairie, WI

What to Bring: Dress for the weather. Tennis shoes or hiking boots will be useful. 

Our Guide: Sonya Sankaran is an ecologist and artist who works connecting people to their environment.  She is focused on understanding the strong relationship between our environment and our health. She has worked with Groundswell on projects to bring outdoor learning infrastructure and curriculum to schools to enhance students' mental, emotional and physical well being.

Prior to working with Groundswell , Sonya worked in Costa Rica and India in conservation education by creating murals and print outreach materials. After completing her masters in marine botany, Sonya was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a Senior Bilingual Education Specialist, using her background as an ecologist, interpreter, and artist to teach field studies to high school students. After moving back to Madison in 2014, she coordinated Public Health of Madison and Dane County's Children and Nature Initiative, integrating nature into the play and learning strategies of preschools that serve low-income children. Sonya continues to work as a consultant in the development of nature-based curriculum and infrastructure with the goals of improving mental, physical and socio-emotional health.
Sonya holds a Bachelor of Science in ecology from the University of San Diego, California and a master's degree in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. 


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A big thank you to the sponsors of this field trip: Michael A. Dubis Financial Planning, LLCFirst Business Bank, TASC and Veridian Homes Foundation

This is a FREE event but registration is required.  

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