Thursday, August 18, 2011

Art on the Farm 2011 :: The Dairy Farm

I went to the neighboring dairy farm to photograph the milking process...

The cows walk to the barn:

Waiting in line:

Farmer Jim hooks up the milking machine:
Fresh milk!

The cows head back to the field:

Feeding time for the calves:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Art on the Farm 2011 :: Session 3 :: Cork/Cape Clear Island

We spent three days traveling to Cork City and Cape Clear Island last week. Here are some photos from our travels:

Blarney Castle:

We went to the Crawford Art Gallery and saw the current exhibition Gravity. The students are viewing a photograph by Adam Ekberg here:

We took a ferry to Cape Clear Island:

I went on a walk up a steep hill to Cleire Goat Farm, which is run by Ed Harper and includes 16 goats (including two brand new kids!). The goat's milk is used to make ice cream and cheese. Ed teaches courses on goat husbandry and hosts members of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) at the farm.

I sampled the chocolate ice cream, which was pretty tasty:

Cows in a neighboring field:

A vegetable patch next door to a pub:

Back on the mainland, we visited James Turrell's Irish Sky Garden at the Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen, Co. Cork:

We walked through a path of trees, then climbed the stairs up to the crater:

Inside the crater:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Art on the Farm 2011 :: Session 3 :: Dublin

We were back in Dublin last week with the third session of students. We went back to the Irish Museum of Modern Art and met with resident artist Mary Ruth Walsh:

After walking through the museum, we spent some time outdoors, discussing the students' Dublin photography assignment:

After IMMA, I had a chance to break from the group and went on a search for community gardens and farmers markets. First I found the Dublin Food Co-op, which had a small grocery store area and larger open room for "meetings, markets, exhibitions, classes, workshops, art exhibitions, performances, social events and, of course, food events." There wasn't a lot going on when I went by, but I took a few photos of the space and some of the food:

On my walk, I happened upon the Bridgefoot Street Community Garden, which included chickens, veggies and some incredible scarecrows, all bordering a recreation area: