More Sticks

It seems like there’s been a lot lately on art. I think of art and science as integrated and definitely all around us, so it’s not surprising that I see both everywhere. I wrote about “Places to Go and Things to Do” this summer. These posts give you more ideas of places where your family can learn and play.

Kelly, who authors and uses Nancy Larson® Science, visited “Disorderly Conduct,” a Stickwork exhibit in her area and shared the experience with us.

See all of Kellys photos and read about their adventures.

Kelly is planning a trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art to see another Stickwork exhibit, plus original Rembrandts and pieces from John James Audubon’s folio.

Stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty may have an exhibit near you. I found this list that may help in planning your next outing.


Ain’t Misbehavin’, 2010. Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

Walkabout, 2010. Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC

Uff-Da Palace, 2010.  University of Minnesota, Chaska, MN

Do Tell!  2010.  The Bascom, Higlands, NC

Centerpiece, 2010.  Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID

Natural History, 2010. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY

Easy Rider, 2010.  Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC

River Vessels, 2010. Waco, TX

Double Take, 2011. Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Disorderly Conduct, 2011. Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

Sidewinder, 2011. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Wiggle in Its Walk, 2011. Wegerzyn Gardens, Dayton, OH

Diamonds in the Rough, 2011. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA

What could be more natural than making art out of sticks? So what would your children create from sticks? Take a walk. Let them gather twigs, set a size limit and insist they carry their own twigs, or take along a wagon. At home, offer glue, pictures from magazines, paint, raffia, and anything else in your art cubby. If they are stuck with sticks and no ideas, you might talk about stories, nursery rhymes, or fairy tales that involve trees, woods, sticks, and botany in general. If you want to focus on the Thanksgiving holiday,  you could talk about Plymouth, Jamestown, pilgrims, early settlers, wigwams, and making a home and village where there’s only nature around you.

I’d love to see what you create. Share your ideas here or email them:

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