Project: Watercolor plant identification workshop
Role: Workshop creator + facilitator
Approach: Collective exploration + observation + DOCUMENTATION
This workshop framework paired direct observation with the act of artistic documentation. Prototyped on Tillery Street in 2017, the framework has since been used at two other events to engage community members with local green spaces. The workshop structure is driven by discovery and agency. Participants disperse across the site to locate an unfamiliar plant, after a brief introduction to watercoloring. Once each person sketches or paints their specimen, they can identify it using plant identification field guides on hand or request help from a TreeFolks volunteer. The generated work is tied together with a numbered map showing where each specimen was found.
See examples of the framework used at Pomerleau Park and Pease Park, below.