EXPLORING ECOLOGY THROUGH METAL
This class was offered by our sister company, Sam + Lin Designs. In collaboration with ELEVATE Youth and Penn Yan Academy, ages 13 and up were invited to this interdisciplinary weekend metal fabrication workshop. Students learned basic metal fabricating techniques while gaining a working skill set and learning the ecology of the milkweed plant and monarch butterfly.
The first day, students were introduced to shop safety and the ins and outs of beginner metal fabrication. Everyone started and finished a 3ft tall milkweed and monarch butterfly sculpture and were educated on how they're negatively affected by the use of pesticides, herbicides, and mowing throughout our community.
The second day the class focused on a large-scale, collaborative sculpture of the same design. Students worked together to cut, bend, and weld a 14ft landmark piece that is now installed at the Yates Community Center as part of the IDEA Trail. This piece serves as an educational landmark grown out of the collective students new foundation for craft.
Check out this article in the Finger Lakes Times about our Exploring Ecology Through Metal workshop: