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Becoming a Bird workshop process
Sarah Haviland studio photo by Ada Cruz

Sarah Haviland studio photo by Ada Cruz


Phone (914) 669-5033

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

28 Deveau Road

North Salem, NY 10560


Becoming a Bird: Creating Small Environmental Sculptures

Artist Talk and Workshop with Sarah Haviland

If you were a bird, what kind would you be? Using recycled and everyday materials, participants will create personalized bird sculptures inspired by local and endangered birds. Following a brief tour of sculptures in the gallery, we will explore human-bird relationships and environmental issues, sharing stories of mythical bird-figures from around the world.


Materials will be provided, but participants may bring their own recycled materials or lightweight mementos to use in collage style, such as photos, decorative papers, packaging, ribbons, labels, etc.


Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm

Adults, children age 12 and over are welcome!

Registration Required

Free with Museum Admission


Workshop Description:

Participants will create their own colorful 3D bird-figures based on familiar and endangered birds, as they consider human-bird relationships in art and myth.

Workshop Activities:


  • Share human-bird stories and images, including childhood memories, religious traditions, decorative motifs, popular culture, fantasy, and film

  • Learn about environmental art made with found materials

  • Study local birds, using photos and colorful papers to invent bird-figures

  • Transform flat 2D images into 3D sculptures with simple techniques

  • Become caretakers of the environment through identification with birds


Materials and Tools Provided for Group Workshop:

Printed photos of birds and bird-figures to share

Sample projects, wire-mesh bird silhouettes

Decorative papers, colorful found objects

Glues, wire, hooks

Scissors, needle-nose pliers, plastic tablecloths

Recommended for adults and children 12 and over

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