I love art. I love drawing, painting, sculpture– you name it. So, sensibly, I have been taking art class for years at home. However, in all my years of school art class I have never had an experience similar to the one that occurred during my second week of the Chewonki “Art and the Natural World” class. Our teacher Sue had Kate from the outdoor classroom bring in two owls.
Otis the Eastern Screech Owl and Byron the Bard Owl graced us with their magnificent presence last week to create an unforgettable experience. The staff of the Outdoor Classroom at Chewonki takes in animals that are somehow unsuited for the wild, cares for them and uses them to teach about animals. Byron is missing a wing, making it impossible for him to be able to live in the wild, and Otis has mental problems that make him incapable of surviving on his own. These two gorgeous owls sat for us during one of our classes as live models. Their stunning eyes, ears, wings, and feather patterns made them excellent subjects. Also, just the sheer awesomeness of sitting two feet away from an owl was shocking! It was unforgettable, and the type of experience unique to Chewonki. The incredible integration of academics, outdoors, and art make this place phenomenal, and that art class was quite the adventure.
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