Art Costa
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Art Costa

Build cardboard creatures with sculptor Art Costa at BMAC

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) invite the public to join Art Costa for a cardboard-sculpture-making workshop on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Inspired by Costa's own sculptures currently on display at the museum in an exhibit titled "Sounds Deep," this workshop will enable participants to discover the creative possibilities that can arise from this ubiquitous, recyclable material.

Costa's artwork in "Sounds Deep" takes viewers down below the surface of the ocean, into a world of strange, colorful creatures that seem extraterrestrial but are based on actual deep-sea organisms. Costa works with cardboard, sand, and other natural or recycled materials, and participants in the BMAC workshop will do the same. They'll build and decorate their own version of a sea slug (also known as a nudibranch), starting with a simple cardboard form and adding color and animation to their abstract creatures.

Both the creatures and the recycled materials used to make them are Costa's way of sharing information about the life that teems deep in the oceans. They are tools to "inspire a collective effort to protect Earth's fragile environments," he says.

Participants in the workshop should feel comfortable using a paintbrush, scissors, and a low-temperature hot-glue gun. Any artist under the age of 10 or who is unable to use these tools independently should be accompanied by a helper.

Everyone is welcome at this community event, and any questions or concerns about the skills needed to participate can be directed to Kate Milliken, BMAC manager of education programs, at [email protected].

Admission is $35 and $20 for BMAC members. All materials are included. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register, visit or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101. The workshop takes place next door to the museum at 28 Vernon St. There is parking available on-site.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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