Plein-air Drawing at Freshkills

Fastnet is stationed at Freshkills Park in Staten Island. 

The container is fitted with drawing horses in order to lead plein-air observational drawing workshops, primarily for high school students.

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park is almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years. Until 2001, it was the largest landfill in the world. Since then, the landscape has been carefully engineered, capped with layers of barrier materials and infrastructure. The park has become a refuge for wildlife, recreation, science, and art.

Overview PDF
Foundation Workshop PDF

Artists and educators are invited to participate as we develop the program.

To get involved, please email:

Participating Artists + Advisors
Aurora Andrews
Peter Brock
Rita Leduc
Winslow Smith
Ben Thorp Brown

Special thanks to Mariel Villere, Manager for Programs, Arts and Grants, at Freshkills Park, NYC Parks for facilitating Fastnet.

This project is made possible (in part) by a DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and ConEdison.

Discovery Day on North Mound
View looking out Fastnet
With students from Gaynor McCowan
Fastnet arrives from Red Hook
Site visit 2017