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Arts & Ecology

Thursdays Noon- 4pm

  • 4 hours
  • 1,280 US dollars
  • Glassel Park

Service Description

ARTS & ECOLOGY LEARNING BLOCK January 18 - May 9th Day: Thursdays Time: 12 – 4pm Location: Mt. Washington Ages: 10-13 years old Instructor: Patrick Picard Cost: $1280for 16 weeks. This is a four hour, interactive learning block with a focus on Arts & Ecology. At one end, topics might include filmmaking, painting, performance, and at the other end we’ll engage with ecology oriented topics approached chiefly through a Permaculture lens. Between these two poles lies a broad, common ground that includes among other things: nature study, pattern recognition, regenerative design principles, an exploration of aesthetics and pictorial design, narrative, etc… There will be a focus on looking and listening, paying attention to our environment and working together to create fun and interesting work that is in dialogue with our experiences. On any given day, we may build a vermicompost bin in the morning, only to practice improv in the afternoon. We might create expressive paintings based on direct observation one day and learn about sheet mulching and soil health on another. No matter what we do, the subjects will be in dialogue with each other and my only pedagogical intention is to help inspire wonder. Ultimately, play and hands-on activity is as important as any of the ideas. Travel: A certain amount of movement around Los Angeles would be valued. We may visit the Getty, the Science Center, Lacma, the Tar Pits etc... Group size: This is a small, intimate group setting of only 5 children. About your instructor: I did my undergraduate in philosophy at the College of William & Mary where I graduated as part of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Finishing my philosophy requirements early, I spent my last year of undergraduate studying with the painter John Lee and creating short films as part of an independent study. On the merit of one of these films, I was accepted to the American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. After earning my MFA, I wrote and directed a feature film titled The Bloodhound (2020)— a loose adaptation of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. I have kept up a studio painting practice, showing work in East LA several times since 2019 and am currently preparing for another feature film. Most recently, I completed a 10-day Permaculture design course at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and have been slowly applying these design principles to the acre of land in Glassell Park where I live in an intentional community.


Cancellation Policy

To cancel your booking for a full refund, you must cancel no later than 30 days before the start date of the offering. All bookings are fully transferable at any time. You must email us with the name and contact information of your transferee. Our offerings take place rain or shine. We do not cancel or refund for inclement weather. We do not offer refunds for COVID-related issues.


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