Wildlife Divide Sound and Drawing workshop with Yasmina Chavez

Artist Workshop with Yasmina Chavez – August 17 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Spring Mountains Visitors Center


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Yasmina Chavez invites the public to draw and sculpt with sounds.This project will ask participants to investigate the visual aspects of sound by eliminating sight. The project aims to heighten the sense of sound and create visible versions of audio experience in nature through drawing and sculpting.

What to bring:

  1. Sunscreen with UV protection.
  2. Work Gloves
  3. A wide brimmed hat.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
  5. a lunch.
  6. A folding Chair.
  7. A jacket and umbrella.

Drawing and Sculpting Sound

This project will ask participants to investigate the visual aspects of sound by eliminating sight. There are two parts to the project. The first is drawing sound and the second sculpting it. The participants will wear a blindfold made of white material to obscure vision but not eliminate light with the purpose of creating a placid environment and not evoke fear. This will heighten their sense of sound by eliminating any visual distractions. They will then be asked to interpret what they hear and create a visible version of it through drawing and sculpting.

During the drawing and sculpting sessions the participant will get two sound experiences to interpret. One will come from an album of my choice and the other will be the surrounding sound (natureʼs album).

For the drawing session, each participant will get a white t-shirt. They will interpret the album I play for them on the front of the t-shirt and natureʼs album on the back using a sharpie and pen. They will be asked to use hand movement to make marks as if the sound was wind and it was moving their hand around. The front of this t-shirt symbolizes our focus on the synthetic and the back symbolize the ever present nature that we sometimes loose sight of.

For the sculpting session, each participant will get two mounds of clay, one for each sound experience. They will be asked to use their hands as their interpretive tools and create a structure using strength and pressure. They will then be asked to find objects from their surroundings (sticks, rocks, leaves, etc.) and use these objects to physically link them together.

This project is an investigation of our awareness on the synthetic vs. the natural. They are opposing sides but together make a whole. Each side is represented in the resulted works.

Yasmina Chavez is a long time Nevada resident.  She was raised in Elko, NV and has lived and worked in Las Vegas, NV for the past nine years. She graduated from UNLV in 2011 with a BFA in photography and is currently working for Greenspun Media Group as a photo coordinator for the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Inc. As an artist, Chavez primarily works in photography, video and performance.  Together with three other local artist she co-founded of 5th Wall Gallery in the Fall of 2011, but has since left to focus on her own work. While at 5th Wall Gallery, Chavez curated “Deserting Las Vegas,” a road opera by Geneva based performance group Eternal Tour and “China in Box” a musical art performance by the local Las Vegas band China. She also co-curated shows like “Sonic Trichromacy,” a sound installation by Daniel Steffey, “I&I” an interactive installation by Luis Brennan and “Tangents”, a sculptural photography show by Fred Mitchell.  She’s had two solo shows at Counterspace Gallery:  “They Used To Be Animals” in 2013 and “Stranger Bond” in 2012. In the summer of 2012, she participated in a collaboration performance piece, “Okonomiyaki,” with Brent Holmes for the Las Vegas satellite show of the “London Biennale” held at VAST Gallery. Her first short film “Patty Cake” premiered at the 2012 Spring Flicks festival and her video, “Shut Your Mouth” was selected for the Claes Oldenburg 30th Anniversary juried exhibition show of his “Flashlight” sculpture at Donna Beam Gallery in 2011.


Wildlife Divide Lantern Making and Stop Motion Projects

Continuing on the theme of projects that mix art and science in creative ways the past two projects both had wonderful turnouts, and both included ideas of our experience as urbanites in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. On August 3rd we had our first ever evening lantern project where participants were given materials to create a durable DIY lantern using LED, there was also a talk about UV lighting and an attempt to do an evening insect study although it was too chilly in the mountain for the insects. The lantern project was the first evening project and it was wonderful to see the night sky from the Hilltop Campground.

Photos of Stop Motion Project by Javier Sanchez

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Photos of Evening Lantern Project:


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Our project on September 10th was a collaborative venture into Stop Motion camera photography, we as many as ten cameras surrounding the set at any, participants were asked to bring a household object to use for a set, the set consisted of all of the objects. The outcome will be screened and viewed in our final evening show at Mount Charleston.





STOP Motion Project Change Location

We have changed the location to The Stop Motion Project we will meet at Lee Meadows.



Directions to Lee Meadows: Take a left from 95 to Route 157 to Mt Charleston
When you reach the junction of Route 158 take a right and follow road until you reach Route 156 where you will take a left and go up about 6 miles. The route will take at least 1 hour.

Stop Motion on the Mountain with Checko Salgado


AUGUST 10TH 11:00AM TO 4:00PM

Stop Motion on the Mountain

The mountains took millions of years to develop from what used to be an open sea in Southern Nevada. Through plate tectonics and the uplifting of underground masses the Mount Charleston we see today was once underwater. The upcoming workshop from the Wildlife Divide will be a project of more modest proportions but will result in a contraction of time, of sorts. You are invited to spend the afternoon at Mount Charleston with Photographer Checko Salgado and artist David Sanchez Burr in participating in what could be the largest stop motion set ever created on the mountain. Each participant will be asked to bring a piece of furniture or a household item that can be used for the film, each person will create independent motion with each frame for each item. Examples of items can be Lamps, chairs, tables, pots, pans, trash cans, coat racks, mops, vacuums, stuffed animals and so on. Your creative wit can make this project great we need you to participate.

You can also be a apart of the filming action if you have a recent Iphone or Android Device, There are some free and paid time lapse applications that you can download online, bring a tripod and you can also be a part of the shoot. We want to get as many camera phones as possible. Here are some apps:
For Iphone: I use iMotion HD but there are a lot of others out there:

For Android users:


Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Dolls with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop motion animation using plasticine is called clay animation or “clay-mation”. Not all stop motion requires figures or models; many stop motion films can involve using humans, household appliances and other things for comedic effect. Stop motion using objects is sometimes referred to as object animation.

Here are some examples of Stop Motion: