North Carolina Backyard Birds

North Carolina Backyard Birds

Imagine branches spreading across the wall of a hallway or walkway, providing homes and perching spots for local birds or birds of different ecosystems. Professional artists Anna Podris and Keith Norval will work with students on a collaborative project to create a colorful, site-specific installation: bird sculptures set on branches in an installation, either indoor or outdoor. Students will explore painting and sculpture as they create a specific species of bird using recycled materials, plaster, and acrylic paint. The project takes shape as students collaborate on different elements and actively participate in the making of individual pieces that come together to create a unique habitat. They will learn to identify different NC birds and birds from habitats around the world. The experience of this project is sure to raise students’ awareness of the ecosystems in their backyards and communities. The artists will install this legacy project in the school’s chosen location.

Artist Background

Anna Podris and Keith Norval, both Savannah College of Art and Design graduates, are a husband and wife art team who are active in the local arts scene and in art education. They are founding members of the new City Market Artist Collective – a gallery run for and by artists. They have taught kids’ summer art classes to a variety of ages for many years at a variety of places including Artspace, Wild at Art and the NCMA. Both are professional painters and have taught mural painting, sculpture, sewing, printmaking, bookmaking and mixed media. They find that working with kids regularly helps keep them inspired in the studio. Their philosophy is to give kids the tools to create and creative freedom to explore. Every kid has their own unique imagination!

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