I am working as an art mentor with a really great teenager that is from the Walden Project. I have started to develop this real curiosity about how different school is now from when I was a kid. I don’t have kids or any nephews or nieces around me so elementary and high school education isn’t really something I have to deal with… except in my nightmares when I dream I am back at that godforsaken institution. I don’t know if this is the case elsewhere in the country but it seems like Vermont has a tremendous amount of options for alternative education.
“The Walden Project is not school in the traditional sense. It is a community of nineteen students and two teachers who use this former farmland for what the founder calls a “great, living template for education.” They spend three days a week outdoors, through fall, bitter winter, and spring. On Tuesdays, for Field Sociology class and writing, the students visit government offices, nonprofit organizations, and other institutions in Burlington, a college town of 40,000 located 20 miles away. On Fridays, they work at internships in their areas of interest, such as Web design or photography.” (Read More)
In this case, my studio is where Grace landed for her internship! I am hoping this will be an opportunity for her to explore different sculptural mediums and use different tools and techniques that she may not otherwise encounter. Her first project: destroy Barbie!