Animal + Element: Art and Science Virtual Summer Camp


(This was a great success!   Thank you to all those that participated is this unique experience.) 

Join us for our very first Virtual Art and Science Summer Camp!

Hosted by Black Rock Forest and guided by "AGRISCULPTURE Amy", participants will be immersed in a virtual experience of Black Rock Forest and the Hudson Valley's natural beauty. 
Throughout the course of 4 weeks, participants will be introduced to topics that will cover the broad themes of Landscape, Flora, Fauna and Art. Individual weeks will cover: Forest, Water, Edible Wild Plants, and Sculpture. Through film and photography, you will experience the natural wild beauty of Black Rock Forest and take Field Trips to our incredible partners’ locations such as AGRISCULPTURE Studios and Sweetman’s Dairy Farm. 

This virtual art and science camp will be hosted on Black Rock Forest’s social media websites (Facebook and Instagram) and will be structured in a prompt-and-response, image-based format. One short video will introduce each week’s topic and a daily photo prompt will be posted each day, Monday-Friday at 9 am (EST). The public is encouraged to respond by submitting a photo or digital entry of their own original creative work, which can be any of the following: a photograph, sketch/drawing, painting, digital artwork/graphic, mixed-media/collage, or sculpture, that is related to the topic of that week.

At the end of camp, all photos submitted to Animal + Element will be arranged by AGRISCULPTURE Amy to become, what we hope to be, the World’s Largest Nature Collage!  Our Global Nature Collage will be unveiled digitally as well as physically with an Opening in Spring of 2021.

Join in the fun this summer as we bring the wonder and beauty of Black Rock Forest to you – and you bring us your works of nature art from all around the world!  Tell your friends, grab your camera and paints, and we will see you virtually in the Forest!
How to Participate

 Selected entries (subject to approval and including all required info: name, age, date, media, location), will be featured on Black Rock Forest’s Instagram page. If you decide to post your photo on your social media page, please tag Black Rock Forest and use the hashtag #animalandelement.

*There is no fee to participate – all are welcome.

About your Guide

AGRISCULPTURE Amy loves to create metal sculpture informed by nature and farm equipment, to restore the Earth by foraging abandoned agricultural machinery as media and to teach environmental awareness through youth and public workshops involving recycled materials, the creative process of adaptive reuse and sensitivity to nature.  When Founder and Owner Amy Lewis Sweetman’s not making sculptures and teaching classes, she is foraging wild organic food – which she picks herself and sells at her family’s farmstand on Sweetmans Farm - 33 County Route 1A, Warwick, NY.  Amy is also in the midst of making 101 short films about these wild, organic and edible plants in her 2020 public service film project “Foraging, Firebuilding & Feasting.”  View new episodes every Monday/Wednesday/Friday through November on