We created our own country for 5 days. Farm Camp 2016

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All photos by Riley Salyards. Food by Danny Newberg. Kiddos  from the best parents ever. Staff straight from heaven.

For the last 4 years, we have created our own country on the top of Mark Firth and Bettina Schwartz’ sheep pasture in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. When we arrive to set up, 4 days before camp, the pasture is rolling hills of wild thyme and lush grass. With birch and maple saplings, we construct our worlds: The tipi is raised Blackfoot style by Bryan Norvelle and Mark Kolski,  and then we set up tent world, kitchen world, dish world, magic world, art world, poop world (yep). When campers arrive, camp looks like scenes from ‘Out Of Africa’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.

We awoke every day with the sun- some campers earlier than others (Daisy was the earliest riser)! We’d quietly make a fire, putting the early risers to work, cleaning camp and doing dishes, setting up for breakfast, tending to the fire, collecting eggs and water; with the reward of being first in line for breakfast.  After eating homemade granola with raw milk from Blue Hill Farm, topped with luscious berries and fruit from neighboring farms, campers would do their dishes and prepare for the day; swimsuits under LDBA t-shirts, shorts, hats, a backpack with 4 essentials (sunscreen, water, notebook, pencil).

Artist classes in the Tipi, survival school, sacred arts, medicine cards, yoga, cooking school, herb school, and lots of free time to run wild in the wild thyme… then an incredibly delicious lunch in Best Made bowls; daily herbal tea made by Jessa and the campers, dishes, and then SWIMMING (!!) in Lake Garfield every single day. We’d return to camp to play and help prep for dinner, practice whittling, draw, go check out the sheep… then long pants and long sleeve shirts and tons of bug spray as those blood sucking skeeters came out around sunset. Dinner was gobbled up by the fire, then dishes, sticks collected in anticipation of S’MORES..but first, story time, or jokes, or the Military Alphabet… Bed time happened after marshmallows as the darkness settled, campers falling blissfully asleep after being outside all day. The week seems to expand time, and then suddenly it’s over.

These photos capture the magic and beauty and FOOD (!!) of our LDBA Farm Camp, (more to come)! Thank you Riley, and thank you to everyone who co-created this world- we miss our tribe like wildfire.

 

LDBA After School Arts Program- Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-6pm in Williamsburg

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L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts offers artistic and skill-based classes taught by artists and educators in the neighborhood and from around the world.
Classes and workshops are carefully selected, organized monthly, and kept small for an optimal learning environment.
Our After School Arts Program (ASAP) focuses on fine art and hands on education for children. Using NYC as our inspiration, we explore artists’ work from galleries, museums, and studios, and create projects based on what we learn. We look at famous, unknown, local and global artists who inspire us to be creative and expand our minds. We offer pick ups from PS 84 and Brooklyn Arbor schools.

LOCATION: LDBA classroom in The Williamsburg Public Library, (240 Division Ave. at Marcy Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211)
TIME: 3:00-6:00
Our Fall 2016 schedule and pricing are as follows:

Monday:
20 weeks
3:00 – 6:00 pm
$1200 Drop off
$1400 Pick up

Wednesday:
3:00 – 6:00 pm
$1200 Drop off
$1400 Pick up

Holidays – No Classes:
Oct 3 Rosh Hashanah
Oct 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Oct 12 Yom Kippur
Dec 26 – Jan 2 Winter Recess
Jan 16 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

LDBA CAMP TIME!!

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Next week we start our LDBA CAMPS!

Here’s some eye candy from the past. Stay tuned for more pics!

3 day indigo workshops with Aboubakar Fofana!

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Join us in this incredible and rare opportunity to learn Indigo from a master. We have 1 spot left in the June 27-29th workshop. For all the information and to purchase class, click  HERE. 

Bundle dye, astrology and 3 day indigo workshops!

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Petal to Paint: 
 Bundle Dye and Floral Watercolour Workshop:
Saturday, June 18
$132
10am-1pm
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Astrology 101

Saturday, June 18
$110
2-5 pm
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3 Day Indigo Workshop with Aboubakar Fofana
June 27,28, 29
10-5
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We have a couple of spots left in our 3 Day Indigo Workshop #1 with Aboubakar Fofana.
This workshop focuses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-chemical and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is also relatively straightforward to put together and to use. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textile to be dyed. Over three days, participants will be shown how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye-vat, dye a set of samples, and work on a larger project with Aboubakar’s assistance.
This workshop will also include an introduction to simple shibori and resist-patterning techniques which are suitable for use with indigo. Participants will come away with enough knowledge to set up their own vats and start working with indigo, as well as a deeper understanding of how indigo works and how to achieve the best colour-fast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.
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