ASAP! in Washington offers outdoor program for kids

Students exploring at Macricostas Preserve.

Students exploring at Macricostas Preserve.

ASAP! photo / contributed /

WASHINGTON — Marking ASAP!’s return to in-person programming, Look, Build, Play! is described by the nonprofit organization as a natural building workshop in which participants will develop their ideas in virtual sessions, then bring them to life outdoors at Macricostas Preserve.

Led by artists Jenna Robb and Jason Killinger, the program aims to promote outdoor exploration and connection with nature. Over the winter, participants will forage in their own backyards and nearby parks to collect nature objects as components to a small sculpture built in their virtual sessions.

With material exploration key to successful art-making, sticks, the announcement about the program said, rocks, mud and moss will be formed into a model of a fort or sculpture dreamed up by the participants. These sessions will also provide space for participants to hone dexterity by practicing fastening techniques, and foster imagination and concept development through drawing, model-making and collaboration.

In May, the group will assemble at Steep Rock Association’s Macricostas Preserve for a weekend of outdoor play and building. Steep Rock’s Conservation and Program Coordinator Rory Larson will join to talk about the preserve, and facilitate the connection of the participants’ work into one large natural playpath. This program was made possible in part by ASAP!’s community partner and program host, Washington Supply Company.

ASAP!, After School Arts Program, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more, visit www.asapct.org.