The Nomads take a good look at their own back yard in a drawing lab taught by artist and Cal Arts instructor Evelyn Serrano. Â (See Samâ€™s post #3 for more on the Nomads also this link. ) Â The kids are told to take their time, to observe closely before starting to draw.
â€œDonâ€™t compare your work to anyone else,â€ Evelyn tells them. â€œYou are all different so your art will be different, too.â€ Â She points out the details in a tree and the colors and squiggly lines of a nearby play set. Â At the end of the session, the children seem eager to show their work to the rest of the class. Â Evelyn says she is proud of them for being fearless, unafraid to take risks with their art. Â Then Evelyn and Sam look over the spot where the Spartan trailer will be on display for the Nomads on November 6th.
This post is part of a series documenting Sam Breen’a Spartan Restoration Project. Please see his first post here and check out the archive here. The CSPA is helping Sam by serving in an advisory role, offering modest support and featuring Sam’s Progress by syndicating his feed from http://spartantrailerrestoration.wordpress.com as part of our CSPA Supports Program.
That lifetime has mostly involved the comprehensive study of a particular world that first intrigued him way back when: the world of ants. Much of what we know about social insects and the “superorganism” of the hive and nest has been a result of Wilson’s research and observation. Over six decades and 20 books he has detailed every aspect of ant societies: how they divide labour and spread knowledge, how they mate and fight, live and die. Wilson has used this wisdom â€“ “sociobiology” â€“ to make arguments about genetics and conditioning that have applications thoughout the living world, and which extend to our understanding of human nature and society. Much of that wisdom he has now brought to bear on Anthill, his debut novel, which has at its heart an extraordinary ant's eye view of the world, a social realist book-within-a-book of the rise and fall of a particular ant colony.