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Inspired by Audubon

July 30, 2018


John James Audubon (born Jean Rabin), 1785 -1851


Audubon was an Ornithologist, Naturalist and Painter, notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon’s story is one of triumph over adversity, and he was  a person of legendary strength and endurance, as well as a keen observer of birds and nature. He had a deep appreciation and concern for conservation; in his later writings he sounded the alarm about destruction of birds and habitats.


Inspired by Audubon, we created a mural based on bird’s natural habitats. On Thursday we had a visit from Lisa Wilkes from the organization “Let’s Talk About Trees”, who gave a very interesting presentation about  trees and cones , and explaining  the difference between conifers and broad leaf trees. We also had a paper making demo , followed up by making nature journals from hand made paper. Each  afternoon we had a visit from a resident Robin that must have a nest nearby, which was special. It was a small but mighty group this week , and in addition to the mural, they did some beautiful prints, bird watercolors and butterfly sculptures.


Audubon Society programs and offerings





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It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.


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