Virtual STEAM Workshop: Earth Day

Image of outline of earth and recycling symbol on a light blue background. Text reads Virtual STEAM Workshop: Earth Day, Thursday, April, 22 3:30-4:30

Please join us for a special Earth Day STEAM Workshop lead by artist Antonia Perez. Celebrate sustainability and make creative sculptures!

Participants will make assemblage sculptures from materials that we would usually put in the recycling bin. Using simple tools and methods, we will construct unexpected sculptural objects that reflect our culture’s relationship to disposable materials. In this workshop, participants will increase their awareness of the impact everyday packaging has on the planet and be encouraged to look for creative solutions to reducing and reusing such materials.

Materials to Collect ahead of time (instead of Recycling or Trashing)

  • Cardboard (cereal boxes, delivery boxes, shaped trays from take-out or vegetable packing, paper towel rolls, shirt cardboard)
  • Plastic (bottles, take-out containers, bottle tops, old kitchen utensils, bags)
  • Aluminum (washed foil or wrap, wire ties that bundle vegetables or tie plastic bags, washed disposable food trays)
  • Paper (newspaper, magazines, junk mail, old homework, used gift wrap)
  • Items you may have around –String, pipe cleaners, buttons, decals, other stuff of little value)

Tools and Supplies (whatever you have available from this list is fine)

  • Scissors
  • Stapler and staples
  • Masking tape, duct tape, gaffers tape, packing tape
  • Glue (Elmer’s, Gorilla, Sobo, Craft)

About the Artist

Antonia A. Perez is a mixed-media artist living and working in New York City, where she was born and raised. She focuses on the reuse and transformation of materials, primarily plastic bags, discarded textiles, papers and cardboard that she constructs into assemblages, collages or sculptures. In addition to making objects, she engages audiences in a variety of ways—through placing artworks and participating in performances in public places, holding workshops and public events that involve audiences with art and advocate for the environment. In 2017 she was the first artist to install a sculpture (titled Light Spectrum) in the Lewis H Latimer House Museum garden.

Ages 7 and above, Families welcome.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and supported, in part, by Simons Foundation, Con Edison, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

3:30pm-4:30pm EST