Design Camp for Grown Ups!

WORKSHOPS

Below is a sampling of the workshops from PUSH Design Camp Block Island.

Found Object Typography

Explore Block Island in search of found objects — then create your own typographic forms.

TAKE anything mother nature washes up on the beach, what other humans have thrown away, or any materials you can find in public island spaces which has been cast away. MAKE letters, words, poetry, you name it! We’ll document our best work, and post it on the PUSH Design Camp digital gallery.

Typography in Nature

Typography exploration finding letter forms in nature — not staged — earth-formed by land, tree, rock, shadow or animal. In the example above, “S” is for snake — sadly flat — but a beautiful letter form, none-the-less.

Set your sights on nature for this workshop. Explore the organic beauty of Block Island by searching for typography created in nature, with no staging or human interference. Heighten your visual awareness by studying the landscape of the Island in search of letters staged by the environment. We’ll document our best work, and post it on the PUSH Design Camp digital gallery.

Man-Made Typography

An exploration finding man-made typography — not staged — earth-formed by a man-made occurrence.

Does a manhole cover form an “O”? Does the hardware on a fence post look like an “E”? In this workshop you will search for typography formed by man-made structures. No signs, graphics, or built letters allowed. Enhance your visual awareness and observational skills by looking for unintentional man-made typography. We’ll document our best work, and post it on the PUSH Design Camp digital gallery.

Characters in Nature

Found object exploration — finding natural and man-made objects anywhere on the island to create a creature, face or unusual being.

Is it skinny as a twig, with hair made of slimy seaweed? You will create a unique creature, face or being with found objects in this workshop. Search the Island for interesting and visually appealing items, natural or man-made, such as rocks or shells. Use your imagination in this fun, creative workshop. We’ll document our best work, and post it on the PUSH Design Camp digital gallery.

Plein Air Painting

Pick your vista or object of interest within a protected nature preserve or on the beach and get painting. Set up outside and enjoy the Island breeze as you portray the scene in front of you. Enjoy the breathtaking scenes and honeysuckle air of Block Island while you paint. We’ll document our best work, and post it on the PUSH Design Camp digital gallery.

Natural Clay Sculpture Workshop and Spa

Sculpt with the natural materials at the beach on the cliffs at Mohegan Bluffs. Enjoy the sun, sand and surf while you sculpt on the beach. If you dare — treat yourself to the restorative powers of a face or body mask in natural based Block Island clay. We’ll document our best work, and post it on the PUSH Design Camp digital gallery.

Landscape Photography

Capture the essence of the natural beauty on Block Island with your digital camera. This workshop focuses on shooting dramatic color and light. We’ll document our best work, and post it on the PUSH Design Camp digital gallery.

Workshops and speakers may change without notice. Schedule will be updated as workshops and speakers are added.

Rock. Paper. Starfish.

This year our Rock. Paper. Starfish. design project will benefit the Block Island Ocean View FoundationConnecting People and Nature. More details to come closer to the date!