In Spring 2021, we invited Patterns Preschool in Brooklyn to collaborate with the Education team at Marian Goodman Gallery and create a lesson plan concurrent to Penone’s exhibition Leaves of Grass at the New York Gallery (March 9 - April 17, 2021). The workshop introduced various techniques utilized by Italian artist Guiseppe Penone, which often employs natural materials and imagery– leaves, grass, clay, fingerprints, skin, tree bark, etc., to their young students, age range between 2 to 6. They discovered his work through video content and books, as well as hand’s on activities with gallery staff in their school.
The collaboration, spearheaded by the founder of Patterns Allison Bosworth, culminated in an outdoor exhibition in the nearby Herbert Von King Park, where the kids were able to showcase their creations to their families and friends. A special work station, using the same tools as in class, was also set up for other neighborhood kids and parents to join in and experiment with Penone’s unique artistic process.