The Nature Conservancy, working with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts sponsors numerous arts programs each year. The Andy Warhol Visual Arts Committee organizes the Visual Arts Program, linking the educational and artistic communities.
- Nature Conservancy Preserve Manager Paul D’Andrea took students from Montauk and Amagansett Schools through the preserve, where some rare animals reside in and around the Montauk Moorlands. During the tour students took photos, which they later used in their art work. Under the guidance of Scott Chaskey, a local poet and environmentalist, students created poems from their observations of the wildlife, land and seascape.
- Students from Hayground School spent a beautiful fall day learning about coastal erosion, plant species indigenous to the area and the migratory patterns of song birds and their predators. The group used bamboo to make a circle for the poetry assembly, a magical sanctuary for the imagination. Poet and NYU Professor of Poetry Kathy Engel conducted a writing workshop. Students closed their eyes and listened to the sounds of gulls and excited fishermen, all chasing the bait towards the shore. Bluefish, bunker, birds and men all lit by the blazing Montauk sun flashing on the waves. It was a perfect day for the senses.
- Guild Hall, in association with the Long Island Academy of Fine Art offered a Classic Landscape Painting program inspired by Guild Hall’s exhibition, Inspired by the Light: East End Masters. Led by artist and Director of LIAFA James Daga Albinson, students spent two days painting at the Warhol Preserve in 2008.
- Visiting artist Alastair Noble worked at the preserve in August 2008. Assistant Professor of Art and Head of the Sculpture Program at Lafayette College in northeastern Pennsylvania, Alistair worked on a variety of “temporary outdoor projects, which include exploring natural elements from the outdoor environment by transforming them into patterns, designs and objects”. Alastair created temporary “art/nature interventions” on the beach at Warhol and photographed them.
For more information about the program, please contact The Center for Conservation at (631) 329-7689.