Shipbuilding Workshop taught by artist Eva Melas 4.6.13 from 1-4 pm. FREE. Red Hook, Brooklyn

Shipbuilding Workshop, Waterfront Museum, April 6 2013, taught by artist Eva Melas

This family workshop is being organized in cooperation with Proteus Gowanus as part of their Battle Pass project, a series of exhibitions and events that pay homage to the Battle of Brooklyn. Workshop participants ages 5 and up will make miniature boats from found objects and will learn about the important role ships played in the Battle of Brooklyn. April 6 from 1-4pm. Free.

In the spring of 1776, an imposing fleet of more than 400 British ships could have been seen from Red Hook.  George Washington later rounded up more humble vessels in order to retreat from Brooklyn Heights to Manhattan. Participants in this workshop will make their own improvised armada from objects found in Brooklyn today, such as coffee cups and cardboard packaging.  Vessels can be floated first in a tub and with weather permitting, we will test launch our boats from the deck of the barge.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Photo courtesy Eva Melas