Elk Rapids and Andy Goldsworthy

Posted on March 21, 2011


Lindy Bishop is irrepressible. Tell her something can’t be done and she goes up, over, around and back behind you and says Boo! and there it is, done. If it doesn’t work as planned, she tries something else. There is no quit in her.

Wintertime concerts in Elk Rapids? Why not? A photography display in the windows of the grocery store? But of course!  A class based on the artistic vision of Andy Goldsworthy for middle school kids?  Perfect.

All of this may explain why Elk Rapids is one of the few towns to hire an artist (and gallery owner) as its director of economic development.  So here’s the flyer for that class I mentioned.  Kids get priority, but high school students and adults are welcome, too.  There are only 12 spaces so don’t fool around deciding.  I know you can’t read the small print–that’s why I transcribed it for you at the bottom of the page.  And tidied it up a bit.  And added a couple things Lindy told me.  Did I mention the class is free?  Well it is.

Wednesdays, 2:45-5:00
6 weeks, April 6-May 11 (meeting at Cherryland Middle School)
Instructor: Lindy Bishop 231-264-9o2o Seed Studio Gallery


COURSE OBJECTIVE:  To introduce students to landscape installation art, and the unique problem solving and vision required to create it, through the work of British artist Andy Goldsworthy. We will use found materials along with community and industry resources and partners. The course complements the middle years International Baccalaureate program, but it is open to high school students and adults as well.

Elements include sketching, building, photography and videography. Ultimately this class will participate in a public exhibition during Green-ER Days.

Here are things for you to look at if you want to read up in advance, or if you can’t make the class and want to give your brain some excellent treats anyway: