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Virtual Educator Summer Camp 2023: The Art of Soil with Karen Vaughan

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Tue, Jul 11, 2023
10 to 11:30 am

Tickets and Reservations

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Close-up color photograph of a divided box with eight sections. Each section holds a different earth tone and granularity of soil.
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Event Description

About the Session

Soils and earth pigments have always been at the core of natural art supplies. Explore the process of making watercolor paint from natural soil minerals using a science-forward approach. You’ll learn enough to want to learn more.

About the Instructor

Karen Vaughan (she/her) is a soil scientist, paint-maker, creative, parent, runner, friend, sister, daughter, aunt, wife, speed-dater-of-the-arts, aspiring sailor, and so much more.

In addition to being the owner and Jill-of-all-trades for the Art of Soil, Karen is a soil science professor who teaches, researches, and explores her way through our oft overlooked, most important natural ecosystem-soil! She regularly shares on Instagram @theartofsoil and @fortheloveofsoil.

Karen respectfully works and lives in Wyoming, on the Native homelands of the hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho), Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) Indigenous communities, past and present.

About the Virtual Educator Camp Series

NMWA’s virtual Educator Summer Camp is designed for all educators—schoolteachers, adults supporting students learning remotely, home school instructors, scout leaders, etc. We just ask that you come with your learners in mind and a playful spirit!

We will offer independent 1.5-hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 6 through July 27. Sessions, inspired by the Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) Institutes and NMWA’s collection, are hands-on, participatory, and fun. Sessions will explore NMWA’s collection and resources, introduce historic and contemporary women artists, and engage participants in experimental making and close looking.

Guest instructors include artists and educators from around the country. You will receive a recommended supply list, applicable digital resources, and a Zoom meeting link in advance of each session. Camp activities are designed to make use of materials and tools you might have at home, to encourage repurposing and seeing everyday objects in a new light.

Register for one session or many depending on your interest and commitments.

Session participants can request certificates of completion reflecting total earned participation hours.

Questions? Reach out to education@nmwa.org.


Automated Captioning

This event will have automated speech-to-text transcription. The text will be displayed in the event video window, and attendees can turn captioning on or off throughout the program.

Accessibility Inquiries

If you are unable to register online or would like to request additional accessibility services, please email accessibility@nmwa.org. Two weeks’ notice to request accessibility services is appreciated but not required. We will make every attempt to accommodate requests.